Dubai Internet City
Step 2023 launches 11th Edition in partnership with Dubai Internet City
20 December 2022
Press Release

Step Conference, the leading technology festival for emerging markets, launches its 11th Edition to be held on 22-23 February 2023 in partnership with Dubai Internet City, the Middle East’s largest technology hub and a member of TECOM Group PJSC.

This year the conference gears up by exploring the retro future, mixing 'retro' styles with futuristic technology. For the first time in 2023, direct-to-consumer brands will have the opportunity to showcase their products to more than 8,000 consumers at the dedicated new Direct-to-consumer (DTC) Hub. Conversations and highlights will focus on six key tracks:

  • Start Track: covering the startup scene and featuring global influencers in the tech and digital space
  • Fintech Track: bringing together banks and payment gateways, plus the latest in financial technology
  • Future Track: featuring the latest futuristic transport and autonomous technology
  • Digital Track: bringing together brand managers and digital gurus
  • Wellness Track: covering topics on wellbeing and the latest trends in tech and fitness

For the first time ever, Step will introduce the Earth Track which will explore Greentech, sustainability and impact on the environment.

Step Conference will take place at Dubai Internet City, which has been fostering a tech community of global, regional, and local businesses and entrepreneurs for more than 20 years.

Ray Dargham, CEO of Step: “I’m delighted to announce the launch the 11th Edition of our conference and to provide a platform for the tech industry to come together, discuss and debate the latest and future trends. With startups in MENA having raised more than US$ 646 million across more than 69 deals during October alone, the impressive total raised so far this year is US$ 3 billion spread over 551 deals. The cleantech sector has the highest funding, with Yellow Door Energy and the Fintech sector recording the highest number of deals in the region, according to Wamda. We wanted to focus on six tracks where we see past trends developing and impacting the future. Exploring retro-futurism and the dynamic between past and future technologies at the conference will help to pave the way for what is yet to come.”

On behalf of Dubai Internet City, Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President of Commercial, TECOM Group, said: “Dubai’s innovative spirit has put the emirate on the global technology map. Our integrated business-friendly ecosystem has not only attracted global brands to Dubai, but that same framework has provided start-ups and SMEs an environment where they can thrive. Dubai Internet City has been at the cornerstone of creating this global, innovation-minded community. Events like Step mirror our commitment to elevating opportunities and start-ups in the region to inspire global change and progress. We look forward to another successful edition of the conference for both participating brands and the region’s tech ecosystem.”

To further establish Dubai as a global business and talent hub, TECOM Group has been developing strategic, sector-focused business districts across the emirate since 1999, such as Dubai Internet City, that serve as a thriving home base for technology giants, SMEs, unicorns, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Stay tuned to the Step Conference website and social media channels for the latest event updates.