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IAEE MENA Forum Brings Industry Professionals Together in UAE

December 10, 2021

Robust Program Emphasizes Networking, Education and Trade Show

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) announces it will hold the IAEE MENA Forum on 13-16 March 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The IAEE MENA Forum will offer exhibition and event professionals education sessions including women’s leadership and young professional programming, and Arabic Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program classes.

The forum will feature two days of networking via diverse activities and workshops highlighting important industry topics. Industry professionals will explore the latest trends in exhibitions and events through education sessions focusing on leadership, strategy, design, marketing, management and technology.

“We are pleased to present this outstanding program that has been developed with our valued partner 1st Arabia in Abu Dhabi,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We experienced delays in our original schedule due to COVID and subsequent economic conditions, but attendees will find the IAEE MENA Forum worth the wait.”

“This is an important region for the industry and we look forward to hosting the IAEE MENA Forum 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 global hub for business events and the emirate continues to cement its position as a destination of choice within the region and beyond. We have cutting-edge technology, a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre, and outstanding hotels of all categories,” added Director of Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau Mubarak Al Shamsi.

Complete details and registration will be available on the IAEE MENA Forum website in January 2022.

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 one of the best companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that is specialized in organizing exhibitions and conferences. With its headquarter in Riyadh, the company has branches in Jordan, Dubai, Bulgaria and soon in Egypt and many Middle East countries. 1st Arabia for Tradeshows and Conferences is a top notch Event Organizing Management Company with its presence in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 1st Arabia is the only MICE organization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who is a member of the International Organizations like ICCA, SITE, MPI, IAEE and UFI, known for its uncompromised success in delivering creative innovative and conceptualized exhibitions, conferences and events.


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Bilal Al Barmawi
CEO and Managing Director
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