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The Top 5 HR Events in the Middle East in 2020


Interest in the human resources sector in businesses across the Middle East has really expanded in recent years, so it’s no surprise that there are some amazing HR events that are taking place across the region in 2020.

From intimate two-day workshops through to impressive week-long conferences, these events are now a highlight in the human resources sector in the Middle East, providing a great chance for practitioners from across the region and the wider world to gather, share best practice and learn from one another.

Here’s our guide to the top 5 HR Events in the Middle East in 2020.  

CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards in Dubai

2nd to 3rd September 2020

Sofitel the Palm, Dubai, UAE

Last year, the CIPD made history when it launched the first CIPD event outside of the UK and Ireland, the CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards in Dubai.

After being well-received by the industry, the awards are back for their second year, and it promises to be just as captivating, thought-provoking and enriching as the first.

A two-day event, the CIPD Middle East People Conference & Awards brings together over 160 business leaders, HR and L&D professionals from across the region and wider world. This year’s conference theme is ‘Leading the way: From intent to action’.

Featured speakers include:

  • Daniel Susskind: Oxford University Fellow; TED Speaker; best-selling author
  • Yetunde Hofmann: Non-executive Director and Chair of RemCo; CIPD board member
  • Ghalib Al Hosni: Chief People Officer, Omantel; Chairman, OSHRM
  • Louisa Clarke: Group Head of People, Chalhoub
  • Andrew Stotter-Brooks: VP Learning & Development, Eithad Aviation Group
  • Asif Sandiq MBE: Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph UK

As well as the conference, there’s also an awards ceremony to celebrate the professional successes of teams and individuals in the sector. There are several categories, including Best Employee Engagement Initiative, HR Rising Star of the Year, and Outstanding CIPD Student of the Year.

We’re delighted to be the Official Digital Learning Partner for this event, so if you’re set to attend, please stop by the ICS Learn stand and say hello! Feel free to get in touch with our Global Corporate Development Manager, Dafina Krasteva, through LinkedIn to set up a meeting.

ATD Middle East Conference in Dubai

Summit and Exhibition

15th to 16th April 2020

Certificate and Master Programs

11th to 14th April 2020

Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai, UAE

If you like your HR conferences comprehensive, then you’re in for a treat at the ATD Middle East Conference.

Split into a summit and exhibition, and Certificate and Master Programs, this conference features more than 60 expert speakers, over 55 interactive learning sessions and 6 education programs. That makes for an action-packed six days of learning and development.

This year sees the launch of three new ATD certificate programs on e-learning, change management and learning impact.

This conference provides some great opportunities for you to network with other people in the HR and L&D field too, allowing you to make new contacts and expand your professional circle.

Topics include:

  • Creating a Value-Driven Learning Culture in a Fast-Changing Digital World
  • Leading Systemic Change: Shifting Cultures and Driving Transformation
  • Making Optimum Use of Your Training Budget by Determining Your Real Business Needs
  • Developing Future Leaders: Devising a Leadership and Succession Strategy to Optimize Talent and Drive Bottom-Line Growth
  • L&D on a Budget: Designing a Measurable Learning Solution Without Breaking the Bank

Featured speakers include:

  • Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author
  • Brandon Carson, Director of Learning at Delta Air Lines; Author
  • Tope-Phillips Aikhuemelo, HR Director, Mondelēz International
  • Vir Amar, Talent Director, Schneider Electric
  • Ghalib Al Hosni, Chief People Officer, Oman Tel

We’ll be attending this event too, so be sure to come and say hi if you spot us.

ATD Saudi Arabia Conference

Conference and Exhibition

 1st to the 2nd of December 2020


 TBC, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hosted by the Association for Talent Development, this annual event is one of the highlights in the Saudi Arabia HR conference calendar, featuring a range of speakers from across the HR and L&D spectrum.

Specifically focused on the HR and learning sector in Saudi Arabia, it provides a unique experience for professionals in the country to interact and learn from each other and take on future challenges.

Some big names for 2020 have been announced already, including Robin Sharma, leadership expert and best-selling author; David Shing, self-styled ‘Digital Evangelist’ and futurist speaker; and Fons Trompenaars, management thinker and author.

Registration for the event will open soon.

Featured speakers:

  • Robin Sharma, leadership expert
  • David Shing, digital evangelist and futurist speaker
  • Fons Trompenaars, management thinker and author

ICS Learn will be attending this conference too!

FAHR International Conference

4th March to 5th March 2020

Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel, Dubai, UAE

Partly organised by the UAE government, the FAHR International Conference is one of the Middle East’s best HR conferences for networking and learning about HR practices from across the globe. Hosting a range of workshops, speakers and discussions, this event promises to enhance your understanding of HR in a global context and the best practices that are currently being used by practitioners from across the globe.

You might have to hurry though — the event is very soon (next week, at the time of writing).

HR Summit & Expo (HRSE) in Dubai

Conference & Exhibition

16th to 18th November 2020


14th, 15th and 19th November 2020

Multaqua Ballroom & Main Halls 5 & 6, DWTC, Dubai, UAE

Running for over a decade, the HR Summit and Expo is the Middle East’s largest HR conference and exhibition, regularly attracting over 5,000 HR professionals from across the globe to listen, discuss and interact with all things human resources.

You’ll have the chance to earn up to 30 CPD points too, through attending the 70+ seminars held throughout the event, which cover everything from employee wellness and leadership development, through to talent analytics and training and development.

There are also 11 certified workshops held by prestigious organisations like ATD, ROI Institute, SHRM, ICF and York University, to help you skill-up even more.

The ICS Learn team will also be attending this conference!


Enhancing your professional development through HR events, training and networking can help you grow your career and improve your workplace. Get in touch with the ICS Learn team today to find out how our CIPD qualifications can advance your career and empower your workplace.

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