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IAEE Announces Debut of Expo! Expo! MENA

May 18, 2021

Save the Date for 13-15 March 2022

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announces it  will debut Expo! Expo! MENA on 13-15 March 2022 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Expo! Expo! MENA builds off the globally recognized Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition that takes place in the USA each December.

Expo! Expo! MENA 2022 will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center and will feature a trade show, education sessions, a general session and Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program classes.

“Producing an event in the Middle East North Africa region supports our strategic mission of bringing thought leadership and best practices to all members of the global exhibitions and events community,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA.

“This is an important region for the industry and we look forward to hosting Expo! Expo! MENA next year, which will bring buyers and sellers together for a very meaningful event,” noted IAEE MENA Chapter Chairperson Bilal Al-Barmawi, CEM, CEO and Managing Director of 1st Arabia.

“Abu Dhabi has established itself as a vibrant and dynamic hub for global business and the emirate continues to cement its position as a destination of choice throughout the region and beyond. We have cutting-edge technology, a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre and outstanding hotels of all categories,” said Mubarak Al Shamisi, Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau Director.

“In addition, the UAE capital offers excellent accessibility, safety, affordability, support and a uniqueness of location and the fact that Expo! Expo! MENA will now debut here is recognition of the advances made in establishing Abu Dhabi as a global player for such high-profile events.

“We look forward to hosting this important regional event and to welcoming participants to the much-anticipated debut of Expo! Expo! MENA.”

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely, and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Streampoint Solutions and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

About 1st Arabia
1st Arabia Tradeshows & Conferences is a leading exhibition & conference organizer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in Riyadh, 1st Arabia has regional offices in Jordan, UAE and Bulgaria and is set to expand its operations in more countries regionally. 1st Arabia organizes top international trade exhibitions and conferences that provide unparalleled networking and business opportunities for companies looking to excel and grow within the Kingdom. Apart from conducting quality and high profile B2B trade fairs, country specific shows, corporate events, conferences, events management and festivals, 1st Arabia also provides a complete marketing tool and exhibition solutions to their valued clients. 1st Arabia is the only MICE organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who is a member of the International Organizations like ICCA, IAEE, SITE, UFI and MPI.


Media Inquiries:
Nicole Bowman, MBA
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
+1 (972) 687-9207

Bilal Al Barmawi
CEO and Managing Director
+966 92 00 200 25

For sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities, contact:
Karen Gonzales, CMP
Director of Partner Relations
+1 (303) 947-9400

Bilal Al Barmawi
CEO and Managing Director
+966 92 00 200 25