Looking to get noticed as a start-up or an SME?

Multiple events organized throughout the year in the UAE can help you do just that. These events give SMEs and start-ups a platform where they can attend workshops, get industry insights, join discussions, meet investors, enter competitions and network with professionals.

For further participation, you can book space for a stand, become a sponsor or even register yourself as a speaker at events. Also, join the Souqalmal.com’s SME Business Club to get discounts and offers with Aramex, Careem, M7 Bespoke and InternsME.com.

[Related: Welcome to Souqalmal.com Business]

Check out the list of events below to get started:

Event Date Details Location
The Start Up Game Workshop 23-24 Jan
  • A business simulation workshop where participants get a first hand experience of handling a start-up without any real life consequences. The program will deal with basic concepts of entrepreneurship, handling issues and managing business opportunities.
  • Participants will have to purchase tickets to attend the event.
Impact HUB, Dubai
Startup AddVenture 2015  23 Feb
  • A worldwide event gathering start-up leaders, investors and speakers from various industries who share their expertise. Success stories of local start-ups will also be presented during the event.
  • Participants will have to purchase tickets to attend the event.
The Arab Entrepreneurs Conclave 23-24 Feb
  • The event will cover topics such as innovation, tech projects and challenges of entrepreneurship. SMEs get a chance to network with regional entrepreneurs, government officials, investors, professionals, researchers etc.
  • Participants will have to buy tickets and can also become an event sponsor.


SME World Summit 2015  18-19 March
  • The event includes workshops, competitions to win prizes, panel discussions and networking opportunities with CEOs, government officials and department heads.
  • Participants can get free entry, but you need to buy tickets for full access. You can even register to become a speaker at the event or conduct a workshop. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai
The Annual Investment Meeting 2015 30 March-1 April
  • The event is themed around the contribution of foreign direct investments. There will be a dedicated area where SMEs can network with potential partners and investors.
  • Participants can rent space to set-up a stand.
Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai
STEP Conference 31 March
  • An event organized for technology, design and gaming in the region. It will include up to 100 start-ups, speakers and competitions.
  • You can become an exhibitor or a partner. Or you can buy tickets to attend.
Dubai International Marine Cub, Dubai
2015 Start-up MENA  Various
  • Register for various events and workshops organized by Start-up MENA throughout the year to get industry insights, get a chance to network and attend workshops.
SME Beyond Borders TBA*
  • The event includes themed discussions by industry experts, workshops and an award ceremony.
SME Congress 2015 TBA*
  • Access investors for funding, network with professionals and be a part of discussions on SME growth and development in the region.

*To be announced.