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Local Digital Middle East 2020

“Gathering the MENA region’s local digital ecosystem to learn, partner and grow”

4 February 2020, Google Headquarters, Dubai

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About Local Digital Middle East 2020

Local Digital Middle East 2020 is a day-long event focused on maximising the opportunity to digitally enable local enterprises in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region. The event takes place 4 February 2020 at Google’s Dubai offices. We will explore the region’s unique digital marketing, commerce, and back-office ecosystem, and create an environment for networking and partnership formation.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone interested in developing business in the local and SME markets in the MENA region should attend, including:

B2B startups 
Data providers
Digital solutions providers
Digital mapping platforms
Digital marketing professionals
Domain registrars
Government business incubators
Media publishers
Online directory businesses
Postal services
…and more

Space is limited and this event is expected to sell out

Preliminary Programme

09:30 – 10:30

Refreshments and Registration

Coffee and tea will be served as delegates arrive, are greeted by the BigFive Digital team and collect their badges. Delegates are encouraged to network with peers and visit our sponsors during this period. 

10:30 – 11:00

Welcome and Presentation of Research 

The event hosts will welcome the delegates and present findings of an executive survey conducted among likely delegates to capture their views on the key opportunities and challenges facing the MENA region. 

11:00 – 11:30
Featured Speaker: Tanaz Dizadji

“The Influencer Marketing Opportunity”

As the Founder & CEO of Brand Ripplr, Dubai-based Tanaz Dizadji has helped shape influencer marketing in the Middle East. As founder of insydo, she created a wildly popular digital lifestyle and video content brand. Her talk will reveal why influencer marketing has become such a powerful force in the MENA region and how regional businesses can leverage this unique channel to put their products and services on the map. 

11:30 – 12:30

Featured Speakers to Be Announced

12:30 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

A light lunch will be served. Delegates are encouraged to network with peers and visit with our sponsors during this break. 

14:00 – 14:45
Featured Speaker: Trevor Nadeau

“The MENA Location Data Challenge”

Local Knowledge founder & MD Trevor Nadeau has been tackling the location data challenge in the Middle East and Turkey since 2005. No one has a better handle on the opportunities created by helping local businesses in the region to be easily found online. Trev will share a vision for how better presence management can transform the MENA local digital ecosystem. 

14:45 – 15:30

Bringing Digital Tools to Market for MENA Small Businesses

Helping small businesses acquire and use the digital products and services they need to compete requires partnerships among those building the solutions SMEs need and resellers with trusted relationships with small businesses. This panel examines what it will take to perfect this ecosystem in the Middle East region.  

15:30 – 16:00

Networking Break

Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be served. Delegates are encouraged to network with peers and visit our sponsors during this break. 

16:00 – 17:00

Digital Dubai: The Local Business Perspective

A diverse collection of local small and mid-size businesses will join us to share their daily experiences with adopting digital tools to run their businesses. What is working, and where do they need the most help? This is the best attainable value for actionable market research. 

17:00 – 17:30

Key Takeaways

Our hosts will summarize key messages from the day’s events and invite the audience to share their impressions. 

17:30 – 19:00

Networking Reception 

Drinks and canapes will be served.



Local Digital Middle East will take place at Google’s Dubai offices, located at DIC Building @4 – Office 306, TECOM Zone – Al Kawkab St – Dubai – United Arab Emirates.

Space is limited for this event. You are encouraged to register right away to secure your seat.


For those traveling to attend this event, BigFive Digital recommends the following hotels located a short distance from the event venue.

Media One Hotel 

Plot No.1 Al Falak St, Dubai Media City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

+971 4 427 1000

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City

Al Falak St, Dubai Media City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

+971 4 366 9111

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About BigFive Digital

BigFive Digital is an events and membership organization fostering the local digital ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East around the BigFive pillars of location, mobile, payments, search and social.

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