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Abu Dhabi Conference & Exhibition Guide 2018

8th January 2018

To help the planning of your business trips to Abu Dhabi during 2018 and to ensure that you stay fully informed about your relevant sector, please find below a list of exhibitions and conferences which have been announced to date.


12-13 ECE Clinical Update, Dusit Thani Hotel (Healthcare)

15-18 World Future Energy Summit, ADNEC (Energy)

15-18 International Water Summit, ADNEC (Water)

15-18 EcoWaste Exhibition, ADNEC (Waste)

18-20 Abu Dhabi Ophthalmology Review 2018, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

18-21 Abu Dhabi golf Championship, Abu Dhabi Golf Club (Sport)

19-20 The Great India Education Fair, Crowne Plaza (Education)

25-26 International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition and Human Health, Intercontinental Hotel (Healthcare)

26-27 AABB Annual Meeting Highlights Conference and Exhibition in the Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Healthcare)

29-30 Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi, Eastern Mangroves Hotel (Architecture, Environment, Waste & Air & Water Management)

29-31 Tawdheef Recruitment Show, ADNEC (Recruitment)

29-31 SPE/IADC Middle East Drilling Technology Conference and Exhibition, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Oil & Gas)


2-3 School & Nursery Show, The Domes, Zayed Sports City (Education)

2-3 Red Bull Air Race World Series: Abu Dhabi, Corniche (Sport)

5-6 Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture 2018, ADNEC (Agriculture)

5-7 VIV MEA 2018, ADNEC (Animal Feed)

10-11 Abu Dhabi Worldcare Conference, ADNEC (Healthcare)

6-7 Breakbulk Middle East, ADNEC (Logistics)

21-22 MENA Investment Congress, ADGM (Finance)

25-27 Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 2018, ADNEC (Defence)

25-27 Simulation and Training Exhibition & Conference, ADNEC (Defense)

26-27 International Conference & Expo on Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering (Aerospace and Aeronautics)

26-28 International Aviation Exhibition in the Middle East, Al Bateen Airport (Aviation)

27-28 Global Aerospace Summit (Aerospace)

6-7 – Future Landscape & Public Realm Abu Dhabi (Air & Water Management, Architecture, Environment & Waste Management)


1-3 6th International Child & Adult Behavioural Health Conference, Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel (Healthcare)

2-3 International Conference On Economics, Management And Social Study (ICEMSS), Radisson Blu (Business)

3-8 Middle East Health Leadership Programme (Healthcare)

4 Global Education Fair, Sheraton Hotel (Education)

6-8 International Security National Resilience (ISNR), ADNEC (Defense)

6-8 Infosecurity Middle East 2018 (Security)

6-8 Fire & Emergency Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Fire, Emergency)

6-8 Emergency Response and Disaster Prevention 2018, ADNEC (Emergency Response)

8-10 8th SEHA International Neonatology Conference, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

13-15 British School in the Middle East Conference, Crowne Plaza (Education)

15-16 Abu Dhabi Annual Intl Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency And Human Health, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

18-19 Constructing an Urban Future: The sustainability and resilience of cities – infrastructures, communities and architectures, Abu Dhabi University (Infrastructure)

18-21 Middle East Sulphur, Jumeirah Etihad Towers Hotel (Chemicals)

19-21 International Conference on Media and Communication, Abu Dhabi University (Media)

21-22 Future of Technology Summit 2018, ADNEC (Tech)

27-28 PVPC Expo, ADNEC (Oil & Gas)

27-29 Firefighting Middle East, ADNEC (Fire)

27-29 Cyber Security for Energy & Utilities, Dusit Thani (Security)


5-7 International Motor Show Abu Dhabi 2018, ADNEC (Transport)

5-7 Custom Show Emirates, ADNEC (Transport)

16 Green Business Summit, Rosewood Hotel (Sustainability)

16-18 International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Social Responsibility, Jumeirah Etihad Towers (Healthcare)

17 EIC Connect, Dusit Than Hotel (Oil & Gas)

17-19 Cityscape Abu Dhabi Exhibition 2018 , ADNEC (Real Estate)

19-20 Gulf Regional Congress on Obesity 2018, ADNEC (Healthcare)

20-21 Abu Dhabi Schools & Childcare Expo 2018, ADNEC (Education)

22-24 26th Annual Middle East Petroleum & Gas Conference 2018 (MPGC) (Oil & Gas)

23-24 BETT Middle East, ADNEC (Education)

25-27 Elite Ped. GI Congress, Beach Rotana Hotel (Healthcare)

25-1 Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADNEC (Books)

27-28 Advanced Diabetes Conference, Marriott Al Forsan (Healthcare)

29-1 Abu Dhabi International Downstream Conference and Exhibition, International Paint Gulf (Oil & Gas)


9-12 Bride Show Abu Dhabi 2018 (Weddings)

11-13 – Lifestyle Abu Dhabi, ADNEC (Lifestyle)


3-5 CPHI MEA 2018, ADNEC (Pharmaceuticals)

17-18 Pharmacy Forum MENA, Park Hyatt Hotel (Healthcare)

9-13 Talent Management Oil & Gas Conference, Intercontinental (Oil & Gas)

24-26 5th World Heart and Brain conference (Healthcare)

27-28 World Congress on Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refinery, Abu Dhabi Mall (Oil & Gas)


2-6 Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian, ADNEC (Hunting, Equestrian)

15-17 China Trade Week 2018, ADNEC

17-18 Smart Business Expo 2018, ADNEC (Business)

17-18 India Trade Expo 2018, ADNEC

17-18 International Franchise Conference & Exhibition 2018, ADNEC (Franchise)

17-20 Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, ADNEC (Boats)

21-23 SuperReturn Middle East, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr (Finance)

22-24 Gulf Dentex 2018, ADNEC (Dentistry)

25-29 Abu Dhabi International Jewellery & Watch Show (JWS), ADNEC (Jewellery)

31-2 NAJAH, ADNEC (Education)

TBC Healthcare Recruitment & Training Fair, ADNEC (Healthcare)


1-3 International Real Estate & Investment Show (IREIS), ADNEC (Real Estate)

12-15 – ADIPEC, ADNEC (Oil & Gas)

15 IT Security Roadshow, Sofitel Hotel (Security)

TBC World Halal Tourism Summit, ADNEC (Tourism)

23-25 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina Circuit (Event)


10-12 – SIAL Middle East 2018, ADNEC (Food & Beverage)

10-12 – Abu Dhabi International Date Palm Exhibition, ADNEC (Food & Beverage)

If there are any exhibitions or conferences scheduled for Abu Dhabi in 2018 that are missing from the above listing, please us know so that we can add them:

Business Groups - Networking Events in Abu Dhabi

Additionally, throughout the year, the numerous business groups based in Abu Dhabi host a variety of networking events. Topics vary and can be sector-specific, sharing regulatory updates or just social networking to help their members build up relationships and identify potential business opportunities. If you are a British business or individual, you might be interested to look at the British Business Group in Abu Dhabi, which is renowned for hosting multiple monthly events:

Preparing for your Abu Dhabi Events

  • If you are planning to attend and/or participate in events in Abu Dhabi during 2018, be sure to prepare in advance to ensure you maximise your time.

  • Identify potential contacts that you would like to do business with in advance and start a conversation to start building a relationship prior to the event.

  • Understand the regulatory requirements for your business should you intend to start doing business here – you will need to know about business setup in Abu Dhabi so that you are legal and compliant and arranging visas for staff.

  • Bring plenty of marketing collateral and business cardsWhere possible book meetings with key contacts.

Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & CEO

Gateway Group of Companies, Abu Dhabi & Dubai UAE


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