Our Top Picks For Trade Shows In Dubai [2021]

A trade show or corporate event is one of the best ways of connecting businesses with customers or business partners. A trade show usually caters for a specific industry or section of the market. Consequently, it attracts visitors that are already interested in what the exhibitors are showing.For the exhibitor, a trade show is a chance to show off new products and to meet existing or possible new customers. It’s a great way to see what your competitors are doing. You can also use the time to increase brand awareness.Dubai, one of the most culturally mixed cities in the world, presents some of the top trade shows and exhibitions in the region. Maybe even in the world! Here’s a quick overview of the shows that we think are a must have on your list.
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Expo 2020

Expo 2020 is the latest in the series of World Expos. The first one ever was the Great Exhibition in London in 1851. This exhibition was awarded to Dubai in November 2013. We have been eagerly waiting with excitement since then. The Covid-19 outbreak caused a temporary delay but we’re delighted that Expo 2020 finally, officially opened on October 1st, 2021.

The exhibition runs until March 31st, 2022 at the Dubai Exhibition Center. The 45,000 square meter expo has attracted exhibitors from more than 190 countries. Visitors can see all the latest innovations and new developments in education and business. And much, much more.

For those that want a break from “exhibition crawling”, you can find more than 200 restaurants. Also, there are plenty of entertainment options. This is going to be the best expo ever. You will be amazed by the wonders EXPO 2020 has to offer.

Gulfood Manufacturing

Gulfood Manufacturing is the most important food processing and manufacturing event in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) region. It’s possibly the largest annual event of this kind in the world. The show is held from November 7th to 9th, 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The show is expected to host up to 36,000 manufacturers in the food and beverage industry. More than 60 countries will be present. If you have any connection with the processing and packaging of food products, this is a must-attend event


This show has a more specific target audience. However, it is still something to get excited about. This is not just for science nerds. This event hosts exhibitors and products that touch every aspect of our lives.

ArabLab runs annually from November 15th to 17th, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The exhibitor list includes almost 1,200 companies from all over the world. It reads like a Who’s Who of the science community.

Furthermore, this is an excellent networking opportunity. It will be attended by CEOs and executive officers of many major companies in the science world. It’s a not-to-miss event when in Dubai!


Automechanika Dubai takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from December 14th to 16th, 2021. The exhibition organizers claim this is “The largest international trade show for the automotive aftermarket industry in the wider Middle East region”. 

Additionally, around 2,000 participants from 63 countries will be exhibiting. Technology, products and services covering the motor trade aftermarket will be on show. This year’s show will also feature agricultural vehicles for the first time.

This show is sure to attract a very wide audience. After all, most of us are secretly petrol heads, right? The UAE authorities have announced easier entry requirements. There is really no reason why anybody, anywhere in the world, cannot attend. See you there!

Wrapping up

In conclusion, hope that this summary has given you an idea of some of the exciting trade shows and exhibitions that are coming. We really look forward to getting out there again to catch up with everything that’s happened. Don’t forget – follow us on Instagram for all the latest trade show news and views.