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IAEE to Debut Expo! Expo! MENA in 2020

September 23, 2019

Today the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE), the world’s leading trade association on exhibitions management, announces the debut of Expo! Expo! MENA to take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE in the Fall of 2020. Expo! Expo! MENA builds off the globally recognized Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting and Exhibition that takes place in the USA each December.

“By bringing the IAEE Expo! Expo! brand to the MENA region, we are filling a much-needed gap in this region by providing a trade show and conference that brings buyers and sellers together to conduct business and learn best practices in exhibition management,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA.

Expo! Expo! MENA will feature a trade show, education sessions, a general session and Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) Learning Program classes. Exact dates and programming are still being finalized.

“Expo! Expo! MENA will provide enhanced educational programming and networking for the MENA region. The Middle East is a market that desires international expertise that will increase the opportunities of the exhibition industry in the region, especially through the training and educational courses that will be put forward and suggested during the show,” said IAEE MENA Chapter Chairperson, Bilal Al-Barmawi, CEO and Managing Director of 1st Arabia. “IAEE is the largest international association with vast experience in this area,” noted Al-Barmawi.

IAEE relaunched the IAEE MENA Chapter with a renewed focus for bringing excellence in exhibition management along with key networking activities to the Middle East North Africa region. Chaired by Bilal Al Barmawi, CEO and Managing Director of 1st Arabia, the IAEE MENA Chapter is positioned to make great headway in bringing exhibition management professionals together.

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; a2z, Inc.; BearCom; Buttine Exhibition Insurance; Convention News Television (CNTV); Delta Airlines; New Orleans & Company; New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Orange County Convention Center; Streampoint Solutions; and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio).

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.


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