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ITU Plenipotentiary Conference The communications technology event comes to Dubai for the first time The ITU is the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations agency that specialises in issues concerning information and communications technology. The Plenipotentiary Conference is the organisation’s key decision-making event, and determines the ITU’s activities over the coming months. It’s held in a different city each year, and in 2018, it will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre for the first time. The conference attendees will be helping the ITU to bring the benefits of modern communication technology to people around the world, in a safe and affordable way.  

Aesthetic Dental Facial Cosmetic Conference The dental event returns for its 10th edition The Aesthetic Dental Facial Cosmetic Conference returns this November for its 10th edition, and is set to cover all of the latest trends in aesthetic dentistry, as well as give professionals insights into new technologies and services. The main aim of this two-day event is to take a closer look at the advantages and limitations of cosmetic dentistry, and also to make observations on the industry based on research and insights from clinicians from around the world. There will be educational sessions from industry experts, seminars, hands-on courses, presentations, face-to-face appointments with dental industry suppliers, and networking opportunities for all attendees.

HR Summit and Expo The region’s largest HR event The HR Summit and Expo is one of the largest HR events in the Middle East, and it returns to the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre in November. The three-day event is set to cover very aspect of HR and talent management, with a line-up of seminars, workshops, book signings, and talks from international experts. There will be more than 100 exhibitors at the event, showcasing the latest HR innovations, as well as plenty of opportunities to meet with fellow professionals, including speed network sessions and work workouts.

DP World Tour Championship 2018 The DP World Tour Championship, one of the biggest events in Dubai’s sporting calendar, is back for its tenth edition from the 15-18 November. Part of the European Tour, and the thrilling climax to the European Tour Race to Dubai, this golfing tournament has seen some of the world’s best golfers competing here in the UAE, with past winners including Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm. The tournament has a prize fund of $8,000,000, and you can expect some tense scenes when the athletes battle it out on the course to take home the trophy.

The region’s leading education show The Gulf Education and Training Exhibition, or GETEX, returns from 14-16 November. The event is a chance for schools, colleges and educational institutes to reach out to Dubai’s aspiring students, and for students to learn about what educational opportunities are available. Each year, the exhibition attracts more than 35,000 students, and GETEX focuses on all aspects of education, from residential schools to student counselling. The three-day event also features a Counsellors Forum, for Counsellors to meet and learn from fellow professionals. There will also be a line-up of seminars led by representatives from local and international schools, covering everything from children’s healthcare to Master’s Degree programs.  

Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo The only event of its kind in the Middle East The Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo is the only dedicated trade fair of its kind in the region. International and regional companies will be showcasing more than two thousand of their latest products and services. All sorts of organic and natural products are represented at the event, with sectors dedicated to food and beverages, beauty, the environment, and more. The event has been running for the past fifteen years, and last year’s event saw more than 6000 visitors. Attendees can expect three days of networking opportunities with fellow professionals, as well as educational sessions, talks, and seminars led by international experts.

University of Dubai-hosted conference returns to the emirate Organised by the Centre for Research & Consultancy at University of Dubai in collaboration with Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and an academic consortia of 21 UAE based and AACSB/EQUIS accredited international universities, the second annual International Conference on Advances in in Business, Management & Law offers five conference tracks, networking opportunities and an awards programme. Delegates will hear from experts in various fields covering a wide-ranging cross-section of industry sectors and topics from entrepreneurship, leadership, law and Islamic finance to marketing, e-commerce, supply chain, big data and innovation. A Best PhD Papers Award will be announced for each conference track and published as part of the conference proceedings.

The Big 5. The Middle East’s largest building and construction exhibition The Big 5, the International Building & Construction Show, returns to Dubai World Trade Centre this November, for its 39th edition. The exhibition showcases the five key sectors of the building industry – MEP services, building interiors and finishes, building envelope and special construction, construction tools and building materials, and construction technology and innovation. Attendees will learn about the latest trends and innovations in the building industry and source new products, with live demonstrations and more than 2600 exhibitors from around the world. Over the course of the four-day event, visitors will be able to network with architects, builders, interior designers, contractors, and other industry professionals.

Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Enjoy edge-of-the-seat entertainment as the best rugby and netball teams battle it out at the 49th edition of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. Cheer on your favourite teams and experience a host of entertainment at one of the most exciting sporting and social events in Dubai. Attracting more than 100,000 fans, the three-day event has much to offer to keep everyone engaged – from sporting action, concerts and competitions to buzzing food and beverage zones. With dedicated family stands and activities, you can also relish a family-friendly experience. Children can enjoy circus workshops, bouncy castles and face-painting, and adults can dance the night away with live music at Rugby Rock.

UAE National Day 2018 The entire city comes alive with the spirit of the union as Dubai fires up the grand celebration of the UAE National Day on 2 December. The sky sparkles with magnificent fireworks and light displays, parades brighten up the streets and festive decorations adorn the city. Special concerts, cultural festivals, delectable traditional cuisines, attractive shopping deals and exclusive staycation packages add to the festivities as residents get together to celebrate the union of the seven emirates and formation of the beautiful country. Join the celebration on UAE National Day 2018 to experience the festive spirit and hospitality of Emirati culture.

International Coffee and Tea Festival The Middle East’s largest coffee and tea event The only event of its kind in the region, the International Coffee and Tea Festival returns to Dubai from 5-7 December. The event is set to showcase all aspects of the coffee and tea industry, including products, services, and equipment. Visitors will be able to sample drinks at the Cupping and Brew Bar, as well as meet with suppliers and brands from across the region. The exhibition offers prestigious workshops and training courses, with courses on roasting, sensory skills, and more. The event is also home to the world’s richest coffee championships, in which professionals take part in competitions including Dubai International Brewers Cup and the Dubai International Barista Championship, battling it out to win cash prizes. WebsiteVisit Site

Sole DXB returns later this year for its sixth edition. The event is a celebration of street culture, encompassing everything from fashion and music to art and sport. It started out back in 2012, as a one-day event dedicated to sneakers, but has grown and grown since then, playing host to film premieres, art exhibitions, concerts, and more. Some of the world’s biggest brands have taken part in past events, including Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry, Stussy, and more. Attendees have also been able to see artists such as Skepta, Kano, and Mobb Deep take to the stage, as well as a line-up of Dubai-based bands and DJs. The dates and price of tickets for this year’s event are yet to be announced, but keep an eye on this space for more details.