ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
Updated 10 September 2019

ArabNet, Saudi Arabia’s largest tech event returns to Riyadh

ArabNet, the Kingdom’s largest technology gathering, is back for its eighth edition on Dec. 10-11 and has moved to a new venue, the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. For the second consecutive year, ArabNet will feature two events taking place simultaneously under one roof: ArabNet Riyadh for 2,000+ corporate executives and senior government leaders, and Inspire Saudi for 4,000+ entrepreneurs, youth and students. 

The two concurrent events will bring together more than 250 experts and speakers from around the world, with full tracks of programming covering a range of topics: Inspire Saudi for startups and investors, Ad/Edge for digital media and advertising, Finverse for digital banking and fintech, Digital Policy Forum for senior government leaders, CIO Forum for CIOs, CTOs and senior IT decision-makers, and Investor Summit for investors. 

The event will also bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups in the largest tech entrepreneurship showcase to take place in the Kingdom and the region, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

This year’s program also features various initiatives and activations bringing together inspirational and successful leaders and entrepreneurs through: The Academy, workshops on entrepreneurship, marketing and e-commerce; Women Mentoring Women, bringing regional women leaders to mentor women who are just starting out; Investor Lounge, a series of one-on-one meetings between startups and top business executives; Sawalif Riyadiya, gathering successful GCC founders to share their journeys and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs; Future Zones & Stage, showcasing the future of industries; and ArabNet’s long-running competitions: Ideathon and Startup Battle.

HIGHLIGHT

The event will bring together more than 300 exhibiting startups, alongside 150 investors representing more than $1 billion in capital for startups seeking investment.

During Startup Battle, entrepreneurs will present their startups in front of investors, incubators, media and digital professionals. The top three startups will get to compete against the best in the region at the Startup Championship. 

Ideathon is the go-to destination for brilliant ideas. Regional entrepreneurs will get to showcase their ideas in front of a crowd of investors, incubators, and media and digital professionals for a chance to win a $5,000 prize.

Those interested in participating in the competitions should apply before Oct. 31.

ArabNet is a leading event, insights, and innovation program organizer focused on tech business and innovation in the MENA region. It organizes conferences for the tech sector in Dubai, Riyadh, Kuwait and Beirut; publishes news and analysis of the sector in their online news portal and produces original research and reports focused on the sector; and organizes custom-tailored innovation programs for corporations and governments.


Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

Updated 16 September 2019

Ras Al-Khaimah to host Mideast’s first ‘business Oscars’

The Stevie Awards, known widely as the “business Oscars,” has reached an agreement for a strategic partnership with Ras Al-Khaimah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RAK Chamber) for the first annual Middle East Stevie Awards to be held in Ras Al-Khaimah in February 2020.
The Middle East Stevie Awards will recognize innovation in the workplace from across 17 MENA countries and the awards program and gala prize-giving ceremony will be held in Ras Al-Khaimah for the first three years and at least every other year thereafter. The announcement was accompanied by a call from Stevie Awards for entries for the inaugural edition.
“Hosting the inaugural edition of the Middle East Stevie Awards here in Ras Al-Khaimah is a significant accomplishment, and another noteworthy milestone to add to the emirate’s successful track record, continuing on the same path of progress that has been taking place across all sectors, in line with the directives of our wise leadership,” said Mohamed Ali Al-Nuaimi, chairman of RAK Chamber.
“I was extremely gratified when the RAK Chamber approached us about partnering with them on a new Stevie Awards program for the Middle East and North Africa,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and executive chairman of the Stevie Awards. “We have recognized the achievements of executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the region for many years in our other programs. The time is right for the region to have its own Stevie’s program. We are excited to launch the Middle East Stevie Awards, and look forward to the first gathering of Stevie Award winners in the program in Ras Al-Khaimah in February.”