Abu Dhabi Chamber and CONNECT announce the launch of international events in Abu Dhabi for the construction and manufacturing industries.
Abu Dhabi, 21 September 2021
As part of a long-term partnership, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and CONNECT have announced two inaugural events, Middle East Design & Build Week (MEDBW) and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo (MEMT). Both the physical events are scheduled to be held between 5 – 7 December 2022 at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE.
This announcement was made during a press conference held at the Chamber’s tower in Abu Dhabi, which was attended by Mr. Abdullah Ghurair Al Qubaisi, Deputy Director General of Abu Dhabi Chamber; Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director of Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB); Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC); and Ashley Roberts from CONNECT. A large number of media representatives attended the press conference as well.
The events are supported by Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism and other prominent government and regional bodies from the UAE.
In his opening speech, Mr. Al Qubaisi said that “Through these two prestigious events, which are the only events in the region dedicated to construction and manufacturing, we look forward to exploring different solutions in construction and design as well as manufacturing and advanced technology sectors. Through these two events, we will have the potential to identify the prospects of mutual cooperation and joint partnerships and to share experiences with the biggest international companies in this regard.”
He added that organizing the Middle East Design & Build Week and Middle East Manufacturing & Technology Expo in partnership with CONNECT translates the efforts of the Chamber to realizing the national industrial strategies by providing the necessary support for the private sector to be a key player in the fourth industrial revolution and to fortify the place of the UAE in general and Abu Dhabi in particular on the world map as a center for sciences and advanced industries over the next decade.
“The construction and manufacturing industries in the UAE are featured with all the tools necessary for growth and prosperity thanks to the long-term futuristic vision of the UAE’s wise leadership and the national strategies that are capable of making a paradigm shift in manufacturing projects, especially the “Made in Abu Dhabi” strategy that is aimed at providing an impetus to the industrial sector, boosting foreign trade and local investment in Abu Dhabi.
The government’s openness to international business, heavy investments in economic diversification plans and the region’s strategic location has created humungous business opportunities for regional and international companies across a range of industry verticals, especially in the construction and manufacturing industries,” he added.
Business Tourism

For his part, Mubarak Al Shamsi emphasized on the importance of launching the two events, which are the only events in the region that caters to the construction, manufacturing and technology sectors, pointing to them as amongst the key sectors on which the government is concentrating.
The Director of ADCEB stated that business tourism and events sector is the main engines for tourism and economic development in Abu Dhabi and that this sector offers the opportunity for businesses to meet and conclude deals, thus, more partnerships and increased rates of trade exchange.
Al Shamsi added that the ADCEB is a pioneering entity that supervises the development and promotion of business events throughout the emirate efficiently, effectively and transparently and in partnership with all its stakeholders. “Abu Dhabi is well known as an international business destination and a tourism hub. It is one of the most secure cities in the world and it is the perfect destination for organizing meetings, conferences and exhibitions while providing all the necessary precautionary measures for health and safety,” he said.
Khalifa Al Qubaisi noted that ADNEC as always strives to present a successful venue for MEDBW and MEMT, pointing out that the responsible teams of both events have already started coordinating with CONNECT to bring about perfect world-class events next year. “These two events will play a big role in boosting the joint work in hosting and organizing conferences and exhibitions, which will reflect positively to increasing the economic advantages to the sector of business tourism and the national economy as a whole.”
World Participation

Ashley Roberts from CONNECT has expressed his confidence in the success of economic events in Abu Dhabi, saying that amidst the enormous boom in the manufacturing and construction sectors, the UAE is a natural choice for event organizers to host world-class trade events. “Visiting or exhibiting at trade events such as MEDBW and MEMT will be an optimum way to explore and expand business in the rapidly emerging region. The events will provide a forum for international and local businesses to discuss investment and project opportunities, as well as bringing together decision makers from both the regional public and private sector,” he explained.
“Live events play a paramount role in offering a platform for connecting businesses, growing profits, networking, and keeping up with the trending subjects in the industry. With the support of our valued partners at Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry and key government bodies from the UAE, we are confident that both the events will foster positive meaningful engagement in the design, construction, manufacturing, and technology industries.”
Mr. Roberts pointed out that many counties have confirmed their participation at the events including Israel, Italy, Turkey, United Kingdom amongst others, expecting that both events will attract participation and delegation from across the world.
Oman Sustainability Week to Support Oman’s 2040 Vision of a Diverse Economy and Sustainable Living
Muscat, Oman, 10 January 2021
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Oman Sustainability Week is being launched through a collaboration between Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), be’ah, Omanexpo and Ubar Conferences.
Oman Sustainability Week (OSW) is a national platform that aims to highlight Oman’s commitment to sustainability leadership through innovative strategies aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engage the national development stakeholders to present Oman as a new model for sustainable development. Bringing together key stakeholders – policy makers, sustainability experts and industry leaders - the event comprises of a weeklong series of activities that includes:
  • OSW Expo – Open to both business professionals and consumers, the three-day exhibition will showcase a broad array of both international and Omani businesses who offer both products and services to facility sustainable living.
  • ISRTC Conference – The International Sustainability Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC) aims to connect local and global stakeholders across academia, industry, and public sector to foster constructive debate and enhance cross-collaboration while the three-day conference is based on a scientific program focused on many areas such as sustainable resource management, circular economy, and environmental responsibility.
  • OSW Awards – This prestigious awards ceremony will recognise both businesses and individuals for their contribution to sustainable living in the Sultanate of Oman.
  • OSW Site Visits – Excursions will allow individuals to gain a first-hand insight to some of the existing sustainable projects with the Sultanate of Oman.
Oman Vision 2040 seeks to elevate the Sultanate to the position of advanced nations. The economy and development of Oman is heavily dependent on oil and gas resources accounting for 68% to 85% of government revenue. Hence, the major role of the energy sector to contribute to the future sustainability and diversity of the economy will be a key highlight of Oman Sustainability Week.
PDO is proud to be playing a leading role in collaboration with valued partners in this prestigious event which will provide a platform to shed light on the key topic of sustainable development.
“Sustainability for PDO is about operating safely, responsibly and efficiently to deliver lasting economic benefits to our stakeholders and the whole of Oman while mitigating our impact on the environment and wider society. This means behaving in a way which engenders public consent, trust and respect and provides a platform for sustainable economic growth.
After all, we only succeed if the communities in which we operate succeed.”
Sheikh Mohammed Al Harthy, Executive Vice President-Strategic Development Sector at be’ah said, “We are delighted to host the International Sustainability, Resources & Technology Conference (ISRTC) 2021 here in Oman to discuss a wide variety of topics regarding major environmental issues. This conference is an excellent platform designed for experts and professionals specialized in environmental sustainability and circular economy.” He added, “ISRTC will focus on Sustainable Development Goals and the future of resource management; shedding light on INDUSTRY 4.0 and the latest technological solutions that minimizes damage on the environment.”
Oman Sustainability Week will provide a forum for international and local knowledge, investment opportunities and best practices in sustainability in relation to the energy, water, and environment prospects.
Oman Sustainability Week will foster a lasting legacy in the business community and residents in shifting the culture towards a sustainable lifestyle and development that will aid towards meeting the commitment in 2030 SDGs and 2040 Oman vision specifically the economy and development theme
Oman Sustainability Week will take place between 29th November to 1st December 2021. For more information visit
Successful relationships build strong sales.
Muscat, Oman, 22 October 2020
The strength of the relationships the Omanexpo sales team has built has resulted in it retaining almost every one of its clients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The business has seven large shows booked for 2021 and out of 497 contracted exhibitors before any event postponement, the team has lost only a single exhibitor, testimony to its strong focus on building durable relationships.
One of the key behaviours allowing for this success, is the quality of the relationships the sales team has built and sustained with their clients. The team has been actively creating opportunities to contact their exhibitors throughout the event cycle, not just on an annual re-booking basis. Marketing tools such as show previews and social media posts are examples of ways the event sales team can proactively reach out to exhibiting companies in a customer service capacity and for those clients to proactively contact Omanexpo.
As an exhibition and conference organiser, Omanexpo is also innovating and adapting with the support of technology and the adoption of virtual platforms and webinars from February 2020. These have led to new value-led opportunities for exhibitors to engage with audiences and enabled Omanexpo to deliver meaningful, insightful content to its clients and audiences.
Acknowledging that people buy from people is central to the focus and our salespeople make a point of getting to know their clients personally, taking an interest in them holistically to broaden their understanding of the clients’ needs and the wider market.
The business is creating reasons for networking to happen, allowing relationships to build throughout the year and not just around an annual event.
Much of the groundwork around sales comes through developing personal relationships with small start-up businesses who, as they grow, seek out larger scale events to exhibit at.
Nurturing emerging talent is increasingly being recognised as an important part of the sales pipeline.
Finally, the combined efforts of the finance and commercial teams, working in parallel to accommodate payment terms that work for both Omanexpo and its clients is underpinning strong relationships to support sales.
Restarting events, bringing audiences back together and keeping businesses alive to support the economy has been a key objective in the events industry throughout this period. The businesses that don’t just survive but thrive in the new world will be those that have adapted and maximised the opportunities that have come their way to create better ways of engaging customers, delivering value and ultimately converting sales.
EY to offer enterprise resiliency tool and framework for pandemic response
Muscat, Oman, 21 June 2020
EY has opened the registration for its Business Continuity and Resilience online training course and coaching session, taking place on 29 June 2020. The full-day webinar, managed by Omanexpo, will focus on preparing organizations for the phases beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
The online course and coaching will advise participants on how to design their own end-to-end COVID-19 program, define key aspects of their pandemic response and recovery plan, develop appropriate ‘return to work’ guidelines, increase the readiness and response capacity within their organization, and go over roll-back planning.
Participants will also be able to leverage for their organizations the EY COVID-19 Enterprise Resilience Assessment Tool, an easy and pragmatic way to understand the resilience of an enterprise and enable a clear prioritization of actions. In addition, participants will benefit from the EY Resilience Framework and preparedness checklist, a holistic COVID-19 pandemic resilience management approach, as well as EY thought leadership material on resuming work after the pandemic.
The speakers will share insights on how to mitigate COVID-19 risks within workspaces; mental health and resilience during a pandemic; and strengthening business continuity and resilience to disruptive events in the MENA region, among others.
Mohamed Nayaz, MENA Resilience Leader, EY says:
“Many businesses found themselves unprepared to manage the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and are greatly concerned with how to rework their business model to address the immediate impact, as well as how to remain resilient in the face of future adversities. The attendees of this webinar will be introduced to a tailored methodology that will help them ensure business continuity and resilience during this pandemic and for years to come.”
The course, aimed at chief risk officers, chief resilience officers, and heads of business continuity, will support enterprises from across all sectors in developing robust resilience capabilities and preparedness across all business functions.
To learn more about the webinar program and enroll, please visit:
Latest News: Omanexpo to Host Free Webinar on Steering Businesses through COVID-19
Muscat, Oman, 12 April 2020
Businesses are facing a challenge they would not have dreamed of over a year ago—that of coping and keeping up with the rapidly changing business landscape as a result of COVID-19.
Responding to the need to inform businesses and uphold its commitment to continue to provide useful, relevant, insightful, and practical information about developments, trends, innovations to the industries it serves, Omanexpo will host its first webinar “Steering a Business through COVID-19” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 20.
The interactive webinar will feature talks from Dr. Fatma Al Yaqoubi, Head of TB and Acute Respiratory Diseases Section, Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control, Oman Ministry of Health; Dr. Marie-Louise Van Eck, Regional Medical Director, International SOS; Mohamed Nayaz, Partner, Africa, India & Middle East (AIM) Advisory Services, MENA leader for Resilience Services, Ernst & Young (EY); and Craig Ceppetelli, Executive Director (Interim), Office of International Collaboration, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and will culminate with Q&A sessions after each presentation.
The speakers will share insights on how to mitigate COVID-19 risks within workspaces; mental health and resilience during a pandemic; and strengthening business continuity and resilience to disruptive events in the MENA region, among others.
Ashley Roberts, Acting General Manager and Portfolio Director of Omanexpo, says “As an exhibition and conferences organiser, we need to continue to innovate and adapt to the current restrictions on hosting mass gatherings by using virtual platforms to enable us to continue to play our role in delivering meaningful events for our customers and markets.”

“We are offering this platform to create new opportunities to facilitate discussion, share ideas and knowledge while providing continuity for businesses and industries. We will also be offering services for companies who need to organise their own webinars,” he adds. The webinar is supported by the Oman Ministry of Health, Ernst & Young (EY) and International SOS.

Interested attendees may register for the webinar at

For more information, call +968 98892581.
Oman Design & Build Week Rescheduled to March 22, 2021
Muscat, Oman, 8 March 2020
Omanexpo today announced an agreed decision by all key stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Design & Build Week in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Oman Design & Build Week, Oman’s biggest building and construction event, will now be held from the 22nd to the 24th of March 2021 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, one year after the originally planned March 30 to April 1 dates.

This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).

Ashley Roberts, Portfolio Director and Acting General Manager of Omanexpo, comments, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that Oman Design & Build Week will be postponed until 2021.”

“Whilst we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit Oman Design & Build Week 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”

“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it is likely that it will be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concludes.
Oman Petroleum & Energy Show Rescheduled to September 14
Muscat, Oman, 1 March 2020
Omanexpo today announced an agreed decision by all key stakeholders to postpone its flagship event, Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) in light of the growing difficulties of international travel due the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES), Oman’s biggest oil and gas event and one of the most important in the Middle East region, will now be held from the 14th to the 16th of September 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, six months after the originally planned March 9th to 11th dates.

This proactive move is supported by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Oil and Gas, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Ashley Roberts, Portfolio Director and Acting General Manager of Omanexpo, comments, “We have been having regular dialogue with the Ministry of Health, Oman, as well as the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Oman in relation to COVID-19. We as organisers must commend the way that the COVID-19 situation is being very competently controlled in Oman. We must be conscious that many organisations within our community are currently facing difficulties travelling around the world. It is for these travel reasons that OPES will be postponed until later in 2020.”

“Whilst we realise that the change in dates may amount to some inconvenience for companies it is paramount to put the health of those due to visit OPES 2020, and the wider population of Oman, at the centre of this decision. The outbreak of COVID-19 is a situation affecting the globe and it is having an unprecedented impact on businesses around the world, events, are of course part of this due to nature of the large gathering of people that they represent.”

The conference, once again organized by esteemed Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), will revolve around the theme “Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry” and will feature a well-selected speaking faculty of highly acclaimed experts from the Ministry of Oil & Gas Oman, Saudi Aramco, Petroleum Development Oman, Shell, Halliburton, Schlumberger, BP, ENI Oman and more.

“We believe that the postponement allows for the event to be fully inclusive and it is likely that it will be even better for the communities that they serve,” he concludes.
Oman’s Biggest Oil and Gas Event from March 9
Muscat, Oman, 16 February 2020
Oman’s biggest oil and gas event and one of the most important in the Middle East region, is set to happen from the 9th to the 11th of March at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, Muscat, Oman.

The Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES), now an inclusive event, integrates the well-established 12th edition of Oil & Gas West Asia (OGWA), the high-profile SPE conference at OPES, and the recently launched Gas & LNG Show, Offshore & Marine Show, Stainless Steel World Middle East Exhibition, and Digital Oil & Gas Zone.

The initiative by pioneer organizer Omanexpo comes in light of its renewed commitment to better align its objectives with the continued growth and expansion of the oil and gas sector in the Sultanate of Oman.

Ashley Roberts, acting General Manager and Portfolio Director, Omanexpo says “We deem it our responsibility to tightly support the government’s direction in its long-term development strategy to continuously advance the industry. The evolving global energy landscape and the optimism that comes along with it as a result of more buoyant global oil prices, major gas discoveries, huge investments in large-scale energy projects, and increased hydrocarbon, crude, offshore oil and gas production and exploration activities, has necessitated the restructuring of our oil and gas event.”

More than 400 local and global oil and gas companies from over 20 countries are participating in the exhibition, with some of the biggest oil and gas companies such as BP Exploration, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), Schlumberger, Oman LNG, Halliburton, Shell, Qatar Petroleum, MOL Group, Baker Hughes, CTS Middle East, and much more, leading the nearly filled venue space.

The conference, once again organized by esteemed Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), will revolve around the theme “Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry” and will feature a well-selected speaking faculty of highly acclaimed experts from the Ministry of Oil & Gas Oman, Saudi Aramco, Petroleum Development Oman, Shell, Halliburton, Schlumberger, BP, ENI Oman and more.

Distinguished industry leaders from representing 28 countries will share insights and success stories through informative, technical discussions and presentations on key topics such as gas exploration, production, offshore drilling and field development, IOR/EOR methods, offshore emerging technologies, HSE and asset management, digitalization, artificial intelligence, among others.

Michelle Boyd, Director, Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, SPE, remarks “The Society of Petroleum Engineers is proud to sponsor the inaugural edition of the OPES conference. This event attracts professionals from all over the globe. Here they will have a good opportunity to share experiences, new technologies and innovative methodologies.”

“SPE has planned many informative and technical discussions. For example, at Monday’s CEO plenary session, distinguished industry leaders will share their insights on the factors Shaping the Future of the Energy Industry. Emerging outlooks of low carbon grown will also be discussed on a strategic panel session on Monday. Other topical panels will deliver a strategic view on key topics like EOR, IOR and Gas Developments and the emerging topic of Offshore and Marine,” she adds.

OPES is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Oil and Gas and backed by a sponsor lineup that includes PDO, BP, Shell, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, Oxy Oman, Schlumberger, CCED, Petrofac, Petrogas, Total, Gulf Energy, among others.
Oman Design & Build Week expands its building, technology and automation segment
Muscat, Oman, 2 February 2020
Trends in the construction sector are changing the business and global landscape. For the industry, Oman’s in particular, there is a need to adopt new practices, embrace new technologies, automate new systems, and espouse innovation in order to move it forward.

Oman Design & Build Week (formerly The BIG Show Oman), in its uppermost aim to support the development initiatives of the government above and beyond its commitment to continuously provide business and investment opportunities to companies in the sector, is ramping up efforts to expand its building, technology and automation segment.

This year, in this landmark show’s 17th edition, organizer Omanexpo has introduced a dedicated zone for local and international companies to showcase safety and security products and systems, home automation systems, software and project management systems, smart building systems, building technology and equipment, fire protection systems and other innovative and modern technologies in construction that very well represent the digital and technology transformation direction that Oman is taking.

In line with the Vision 2040, where Oman aims to “achieve a digital transformation by deploying Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other enablers of technological progress,” the government has launched smart city initiatives alongside its e-government initiatives.

Underlining efforts to move towards implementing smart solutions and developing smart city projects are the ongoing key constructions such as the Duqm Smart City (US$ 40 billion), Madinat Al Irfan (also known as the City of the Future, estimated at US$ 5 billion), and the Oman-China Industrial City (US$ 10.7 billion).

Tarek Ali, Senior Event Director, Oman Design & Build Week, says “More and more companies are catching up with the construction tech space and moving away from traditional building methods and materials with the aim to improve efficiency and productivity, reduce cost, speed up the building process, and in the long run, increase profitability. We are glad to provide a platform for these companies who could benefit much from the evolving needs of the industry.”

Occupying the building, technology and innovation zone will be a UK pavilion that will feature companies such as Atamate Ltd, Nudura, Typhoon Performance Products, Reacton Fire Suppression Ltd, HSBCAD Limited and Videcon Ltd, and more, apart from companies from Oman, Qatar and the UAE.

Adding value to the zone are the free-to-attend workshops that will focus on Building Information Modeling (BIM), simulation through Virtual Reality (VR), 4D planning and scheduling. The workshops are certified by CPD and Project Management Institute (PMI).

Oman Design & Build Week is co-located with the third Oman Real Estate Expo, which is supported by the Ministry of Housing and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA). It is scheduled from March 30 to April 1, 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).
Omanexpo Continues to Invest in its Customers
Muscat, Oman, 20 January 2020
In its commitment to continuously provide its exhibitors with a positive experience and help them get the most out of its shows, Oman’s biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo recently organized an Exhibitor Strategy Day for participants of its two biggest trade events—Oman Petroleum & Energy Show (OPES) and Oman Design & Build Week.

The exclusive event was held at the Crowne Plaza Qurum, moderated by John Blaskey, renowned international exhibition consultant from UK-based The Exhibiting Agency Ltd. Blaskey kicked off the session with Master Class “Challenges Exhibitors Face in Driving Best and Measurable Results.” It was followed by a case study presentation by Tatyana Garina, Marketing Manager, Eastern Hemisphere, Halliburton, who addressed questions from the exhibitors during the Q&A session. Blaskey presented the second Master Class, which focused on “Case Histories.”

The event received a positive reception from companies from both the construction and oil and gas sectors, boding well for the forthcoming events. The organizers are assured that their exhibitors are better equipped with the appropriate strategic tools to maximize their return on investment, allowing for a better show experience.

Commenting on the event, long-time exhibitor Waleed Associates says “We would like to thank Omanexpo for this opportunity. We always look forward to participating at OPES, which is a major event in Oman, because this platform helps us tremendously to engage with our existing customers as well as new and potential ones across all sectors.”

“The Exhibitor Strategy Day is a very good initiative by Omanexpo. It helps us to strategize in a refreshing way, learn certain things while unlearning others which have become obsolete in these times. We are always grateful to Omanexpo, who has always been a supporting partner.”

Blaskey says, “I am delighted to be invited by Omanexpo to help their exhibitors get really good results when they exhibit at the forthcoming shows in March. I believe that some organizers at trade shows are more enlightened than others and Omanexpo is, as they have invested quite a lot of money, time and resources and bringing in about a hundred exhibitors together to hear how they can get the most from either OPES or Oman Design & Build events.”

“Exhibitions is about meeting new people. It is about initiating and developing relationships and Omanexpo has created the forum to do that with its highly professional exhibitions. I am looking forward to really see professional and exciting stands by the participants who came to the Master Class and who are serious about investing in the oldest form of marketing in the world—face-to face,” he concludes.
Omanexpo and NextFairs Announce Partnership to Organize Trade Shows in the Region
Muscat, Oman, 26 January 2020
Omanexpo and NextFairs today announced their collaboration after the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and organize high-profile, highly targeted trade exhibitions and conferences in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Omanexpo and NextFairs’ move to form a strategic alliance follows both their objectives to ultimately provide companies with more dynamic platforms that will enable them to adapt to evolving global trends, practices and technologies and exponentially grow their businesses.

Omanexpo is the pioneer and biggest international trade show organizer in Oman with more than 30 years of organizing internationally certified events that cover key industries in the sultanate. NextFairs is Qatar’s leading event organizer, recognized as a market leader in providing integrated business solutions across sectors and a 15-year in-depth market knowledge of the MENA region.

The exhibitions industry is continuously transforming, as business models are changing, trends are emerging and formats are converging. This necessitates the need for new and deeper collaboration and international partnerships that will promote stronger growth markets.

Ashley Roberts, Acting General Manager and Portfolio Director of Omanexpo, says, “As organizers, we aim to provide more rewarding experiences for our exhibitors and visitors. By aligning our resources, core competencies, and competitive advantages with a solid and professional organization such as NextFairs, we are in a more advantageous position to deliver better services, present new market opportunities and leverage the positive development and strong growth in the region.”

“We see a potentially strong partnership with Omanexpo as it redefines its show objectives in order to ensure more beneficial results for its customers. This is where the value of providing business intelligence and processes comes to fore. It is our pleasure to partner with Omanexpo to provide platforms of growth for the exhibition and conference sector in Qatar and other countries and fulfill the needs of an ever-changing event landscape,” Rawad Sleem, General Manager, NextFairs remarks.

The first planned exhibition that will be announced soon will provide an ideal platform for exhibitors and buyers to enter into deals, network amongst each other and contribute to the development of the economy. This will make it possible for SMEs and entrepreneurs to review the best solutions and products and discuss new trends as a key objective to promote the exhibition industry and put Qatar on the international map of specialized professional exhibitions,” Sleem adds.
The Last Word: Ashley Roberts- The Future of Exhibitions in the Middle East
London, UK, Exhibition News Magazine, December 2019
with huge investments being undertaken by governments and businesses in the region. In the most recent UFI global exhibitions report, it calculated that the Middle East alone serves 125,000 exhibiting companies, 6.3 million visitors and supports more than 31,000 jobs.

With the precarious political and economic situations in the West, many of the Top 20 Exhibition Organisers are looking East to secure and grow their future business.

This is confidence is cemented by the actions of UFI who only last month announced a new partnership with Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre for the first Exhibition Management Degree (EMD) Programme in Muscat and, will be bringing its international conference to Oman in November 2020.

Against the struggle and competition of the packed marketplace of Europe, organisers often battle with each other for airtime and marketing spend however, the Middle East has many unexplored sectors in which events have yet to be launched.

The potential is huge and no-where is this truer than Oman. The impact of the Oman Vision 2040 powered by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has seen a new region-wide development of infrastructure including a new airport and state-of-the-art exhibition and conference centre. Developments such as these have only had a positive impact on the exhibition industry in the region – something I’m not sure this can be said for every government in the Western world.

Many places in the Middle East are becoming much more accessible for UK citizens and are offering more opportunities to talented exhibition professionals who are more entrepreneur in spirit.

In the past, heading to the UAE was a quick way for the international community to ‘get ahead’ and make a quick tax-free buck with a two-year deadline. Today, the region is home to almost 200,000 Brits living in the UAE, a huge increase from 20,000 in 2008* - and they’re not leaving.

Political instability of Europe and the US is driving up the expat community who are now looking to plant roots in the Middle East, at least for the middle-term. Where exhibitions add 1.4 billion USD to the Middle East economy and an enormous appetite to grow this further, there has never been more potential for individuals to make the leap and build a long-term career in the region.

With so much on offer for exhibition organisers, not forgetting of course the promise of sunnier climes, its perhaps time you took a fresh look at the Middle East for your future.
Oman Design & Build Week to offer new market opportunities in Oman’s construction sector
Muscat, Oman, 1 December 2019
Oman’s biggest and most specialized event for the building and construction industry, The BIG Show, was recently relaunched under the new brand Oman Design & Build Week in a move to engage more industry stakeholders and provide wider commerce and investment opportunities to local and international companies and individuals relating to the sector.

The launch of Oman Design & Build Week by Omanexpo comes at a propitious time when the sector is gaining stead with the rise in the number of multi-billion projects on the back of the recent oil price recovery. Construction projects account for the biggest segment of Oman’s projects market by value. Currently, it is the second largest driver of non-oil growth, playing a key role in Oman’s economy.

Tarek Ali, Business Development Manager, Omanexpo, says “We are excited about the evolving opportunities resulting from these projects, as they are greatly impacting building and construction requirements and fast-tracking construction activities. This has urged us to tap more vital segments that will represent all of the key sectors within the industry, which will in turn, expand the product and service range and diversity of the exhibition offerings.”

From March 30 to April 1, 2020, the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the center of about 1,000 new and innovative products, services, equipment and technologies representing the building interiors and finishes, building envelope and special construction, building technology and automation, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), construction tools and materials, concrete and concrete-related products and plant, machinery and vehicles (PMV) sectors.

“We are seeing close to 300 exhibiting companies with 10 international pavilions represented by China, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Alongside the exhibition, we have added dedicated free-to-attend CPD-, PMI- and AUD-certified seminars and workshops across three days, which will focus on topics such as Effective Leadership in Managing Engineering Projects, Sustainable Green Energy Management, and Building Simulations and Artificial Intelligence Management Systems, among others,” ” Ali adds.

To date, Oman Design & Build has in its sponsor and partner roster Bin Hayl Group, Al Khaleel Group, Salem Group and Techno, besides the participation of leading companies from Oman.

Oman Design & Build Week is co-located with the third Oman Real Estate Expo, which is supported by the Ministry of Housing and the Oman Real Estate Association (ORA).
Omanexpo and ORA Announce the Dates for the 3rd Oman Real Estate Exhibition & Conference 2020
Muscat, Oman, 15 October 2019
Omanexpo, the organizer of Oman Real Estate Expo (OREX), and Oman Real Estate Association (ORA), Oman’s real estate regulating body, along with the Real Estate Development Directorate of the Ministry of Housing has announced that the third edition is slated from March 30 to April 1, 2020 at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The announcement was made at a press conference held on Tuesday at the W Muscat Hotel. Members of the panel who addressed the media were Engr. Siham Al Harthy, Director General, Real Estate Development Directorate, Ministry of Housing; Hassan Juma al Lawati, Chairman, ORA; Andy White, General Manager, Omanexpo; and Tarek Ali, Exhibition Director, Omanexpo. Also present were the board members of ORA.

Following the successful previous editions in 2018 and 2019, the organizers are anticipating the same enthusiastic response from the business sector. Tarek Ali comments, “OREX will continue to be an appealing platform for local and international investors as it highlights the growing potential of Oman’s real estate market and provides a compact marketplace for sellers and buyers to meet and leverage business opportunities.”

“Despite the recent oil downturn, the property sector is slowly recovering and creating fresh opportunities for tenants and property buyers. This edition will help in further stimulating the market by showcasing what the local developers have to offer. This includes affordable housing, offering long-term installment plans and freehold opportunities for expatriates,” he adds.

According to ORA, the country’s real estate sector is strong, owing to “stabilizing crude oil prices, increased real estate activity and improved economic conditions.” Currently, there is a spate of development projects—residential, commercial, mixed-use and integrated tourism complexes (ITCs) happening all over Oman. Developments such as including Naseem A’Sabah (US$1.04 billion), Sur Gate Project (US$311.7 million), Quriyat ITC Project (US$1 billion), Diyar Ras Al Hadd Resort, Omagine Project, Al Nakheel, and Hawana Lagoons Salalah have led to expansion of the housing market in terms of growth and value.

In 2018, the government has announced its decision to open the doors to real estate investment for expatriates living in Oman. The Capital Market Authority (CMA) also announced its approval to introduce Real Estate Investment Trust funds (REITs) in the Oman, which is seen as “a good vehicle that promises to bring liquidity into the real estate market and encourage developers to come up with different real estate products for investors,” Al Lawati says.
The 14th Food & Hospitality Oman show opens
Muscat, Oman, 14 October 2019
Oman’s longest-running food and hospitality show opened its doors to trade visitors on Monday, October 14, at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The 14th edition of the annual Food & Hospitality Oman was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Saeed Al-Awfi, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and graced by a VIP entourage headed by SABCO Group of Companies member Sayyid Nasr bin Badr Al Busaidi, diplomatic corps members, high ranking government representatives and officials, and top executives of food and hospitality companies.

This year, organizer Omanexpo has introduced a raft of new features such as the Waiters’ Race and Bedmaking Competition in its bid to open up more avenues and opportunities for the entire hospitality supply chain. Also for the first time, a live cooking demonstration of the traditional Omani halwa will be presented by Al Hosni Omani Sweets alongside a display of its most popular sweets. The event will also play host to 2018 World Barista Champion Agnieszka Rojes, who will display her world-class coffee making and brewing skills through demonstrations on the last day.

This is apart from its already-established Oman Barista Competition, Battle of the Burgers, and its signature Professional Chefs Competition, which will place the skills and expertise of amateur and professional cooks alike, chefs and baristas under the scrutiny of top industry judges.

For three days, the popular trade event will be a showcase of about 600 local and international brands from leading exporters of food and hospitality products, services and equipment. The brands, representing 21 exhibiting countries, cover the entire gamut of the food and hospitality sector, with products and services relating to food products, beverages, agriculture and fisheries, ingredients and seasoning, catering and kitchen equipment, packaging systems, resort and spa facilities, hotel décor, hotel and hospitality technologies, HORECA furniture and services, and food processing technologies.

Highlighting the exhibition are the national pavilions of India, Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia Vietnam and South Africa as well as a dedicated Omani products pavilion featuring the leading food brands in Oman.

A free-to-attend conference on food safety will provide relevant insights and current information by key industry players and experts. Food and Hospitality Oman’s partner and supporter lineup includes Omani Products, Madayn, Riyada (Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development), Oman Chefs Guild, India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Department of Trade and Industry (South Africa), Pakistan Embassy, Indonesia Embassy, Welbilt, Trade Links and Services, McCain, Oman Tourism College, Areej Vegetable Oils & Derivatives, Paramount Food Service Equipment Solutions, La Marquise International, Renaissance and National Hospitality Institute.
Oman’s largest healthcare show opens at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre
Muscat, Oman, 23 September 2019
Oman’s largest healthcare and medical event organized by biggest exhibitions and conferences organizer Omanexpo, opened on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre under the auspices of the His Excellency Sayyid Dr. Sultan bin Yarub Al Busaidi, Advisor to the Ministry of Health for Health Affairs.

Oman Health Exhibition & Conference, recognized as the flagship health and medical event in Oman now on its ninth edition, will run from September 23 to 25. This year, the show will once again offer fresh business and networking opportunities by presenting close to 100 participating companies from China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

An exhibit of the latest medical products, equipment and technology, medical disposables and consumables, personal care products, diagnostic and laboratory equipment, instruments and services, pharmaceutical products, ayurvedic services and centers, physiotherapy and orthopaedic technology that range from eye care, skin care, cosmetic to infertility treatment consultancy will provide an anticipated 5,000 visitors with the opportunity to learn and see firsthand what are available to them.

Highlighting the exhibition is the India pavilion, with more than 40 companies representing various health and medical segments and hospitals and healthcare centers. The Iran pavilion equally offers several health and medical treatments and services.

The associated free-to-attend three-day conference sessions will be presented by a qualified lineup of highly esteemed health and medical experts, who will discuss the health workforce and safe practice environment, human resources in health, health labor market trends and dynamics, patient safety, risk and performance management. The two-day workshops designed or medical specialists will also be a free-to-attend affair. The sessions are accredited by the Oman Specialty Board (OMSB).

The organizers have also ensured a more worthwhile visitor experience by offering free medical consultations with specialists from some of the biggest clinics, hospitals and healthcare providers in Germany, Iran, India, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia and Turkey.

Business-to-business meetings are also happening alongside the main sphere of action.

Ahmed Sayed, Exhibition Director, Oman Health Expo, comments “The valuable support of the Ministry of Health since the show’s launch in 2009, has been fundamental to its continued success in terms helping us push forward the government’s initiatives for its Health Vision 2050. It has also been critical to the engagement, increased involvement and participation of segments of the health and medical sector, both locally and internationally.”

Oman Health Exhibition & Conference has enlisted the support of Khimji Ramdas-Health and Medical Infrastructure, Aster Hospitals, Capital Market Authority, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and the Directorate Medical Technologies, Ministry of Health.
Biggest Energy and Water Conference and Exhibition opens at OCEC
Muscat, Oman, 22 April 2019
The 2019 edition of Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, Oman’s biggest annual event for the energy and water sector, will be the most comprehensive yet, welcoming 160 local and international companies from 15 countries—Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Oman, South Korea, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA—and featuring the national pavilions of Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom and the US.

Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition, organized by Diam-Public Authority for Water and Omanexpo, was officially opened by His Highness Sayyid Kamil bin Fahad bin Mahmood Al Said, Assistant Secretary General for Cabinet Affairs of the Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers on Monday at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The flagship event brings in an expanded technical conference, segmented into Oman Power, Oman Water and Wastewater and Oman Solar Forum, the latter organized in partnership with global association Joint Forces for Solar, with over 40 esteemed speakers presenting insights, best practices, issues, solutions, and case studies. “These dedicated forums will ensure that sectors will tap the right and representative stakeholders and serve as strategic platforms for companies from these sectors,” says Ahmed Sayed, exhibition director, Oman Energy & Water Conference and Exhibition.

Some of the topics to be presented revolve around Oman’s power sector structure and policies, digitalization, efficiency and operational excellence in the water and wastewater sectors, climate change impact on water resources, solar energy market update and outlook, critical factors to maintain sustainable solar market growth, and more.

To enrich the exhibitor and visitor experience, organizers have set up an online business matchmaking platform that allows fast and convenient access to information about participating companies, products, services and company recommendations.

Sayed remarks “We are delighted to work with Diam-PAEW once again as we continue to increase our efforts to contribute to the expansion of Oman’s power and water sector to meet demand and the emerging solar market. Along with these are our commitment to present a credible platform for companies to launch or showcase their product or service offerings to the market and provide opportunities for existing and potential businesses.”

Oman Energy & Water Conference & Exhibition is organized against a backdrop of massive power, water and wastewater projects and the government’s major shift to renewable energy energy and tap the potential of Oman’s solar and wind resources.

Sponsors and partners of the event include Nama, Haya Water, Majis Industrial Services, Vanguard Engineering & Oilfield Services, National Electricity & Energy Center. Supporting associations include Middle East Solar Industry Association, UL, OSGP Alliance, Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF), POMSAD, Oman Water Society, Gunder, Oman Solar Forum and the Embassy of Netherlands.