Step 2023 launches 11th Edition in partnership with Dubai Internet City

Step 2023 launches 11th Edition in partnership with Dubai Internet City

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Step Conference Dubai: Step 2023 launches 11th edition in collaboration with Dubai Internet City
20/12/2022 / 07:30 CET/CEST
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Step 2023 starts 11st Published in partnership with Dubai Internet City

Leading technology conference to explore retro styles mixed with futuristic technology

Step Conference, the leading technology festival for emerging markets, launches its 11st Edition will 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 steps 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: covers the startup scene and showcases global influencers in the tech and digital space

  • Fintech Track: brings together banks and payment gateways, plus the latest in financial technology

  • Future Track: featuring the latest futuristic transportation and autonomous technology

  • Digital Track: brings together brand managers and digital gurus

  • Wellness Channel: Covers wellness topics and the latest trends in technology and fitness

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

Stap Conference will take place at Dubai Internet City, which has been fostering a technology community of global, regional and local businesses and entrepreneurs for over 20 years.

Ray Dargham, CEO of Step: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the 11st Edition of our conference and to provide a platform for the technology industry to come together, discuss and debate the latest and future trends. With MENA startups raising 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 across 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 influencing the future. The conference’s exploration of retro-futurism and the dynamic between past and future technologies will help pave the way for what’s to come.”

Ammar Al Malik, Executive Vice President of Commercial, TECOM Group, said on behalf of Dubai Internet City: “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 the same framework has provided start-ups and SMEs with an environment where they can thrive. Dubai Internet City was the cornerstone of creating this global, innovation-minded community. Events like Step reflect our commitment to increasing opportunity and innovation 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, which serves 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.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Step Conference Dubai.

About Dubai Internet City

Dubai Internet City, a member of TECOM Group PJSC, is the largest technology hub in the MENA region. Home to Fortune 500 companies, SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs, Dubai Internet City has been the cornerstone of the UAE’s economic diversification and digital transformation strategy for 20+ years. Founded in 1999, TECOM Group is an owner, manager and operator of 10 strategic, sector-focused business districts across Dubai and a major contributor to the rapid growth of Dubai’s knowledge and innovation-based economy.

About TECOM Group PJSC

TECOM Group has been developing strategic, sector-focused business districts across the emirate of Dubai since 1999. TECOM Group is well positioned to continue to play an integral role in strengthening Dubai’s status as a global business and talent hub.

The TECOM Group portfolio consists of 10 business districts catering to 6 key knowledge-based economic sectors, including design, education, manufacturing, media, science and technology. The Group provides a varied and tailored rental portfolio – including offices, co-working spaces, warehouses and land – to more than 7,800 clients and more than 100,000 professionals.

TECOM Group offers additional value-added services to deliver a competitive and attractive environment for businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive in and to facilitate engagement among the districts’ community members. Government and corporate services are made available through an integrated smart services platform, “axs”, which improves the ease of doing business and provides community members with a seamless experience.

TECOM Group also provides industry specialized facilities including media production studios, laboratories and higher education campuses. in5, its enabling platform for entrepreneurs and start-ups, offers innovation hubs that support technology, media and design start-ups and SMEs. Its forward-thinking co-working spaces D/Quarters deliver stimulating work environments for tenants, and the ‘GoFreelance’ package serves around 2,400 freelance talents.

About Step

Step is a new media company with a range of virtual and in-person events, podcasts and newsletters for the tech-savvy cross-generational audience in MENA and emerging markets. Step is best known for hosting the largest technology and startup conference in Dubai and MENA.

Step has a decade of expertise and network building in MENA’s technology and digital ecosystem.

  • Hosted more than 200 events and programs in the fields of technology, startups and digital.

  • Step’s landmark conference in Dubai attracts over 8,000 global attendees.

  • Over 2,000 startups from MENA and beyond have participated in a Step event or program in the past 10 years.

  • Many startups started at Step, made connections that led to follow-up meetings to pitch for investments, and graduated from the startup programs to become thought leaders in their space.

  • More than 10,000 facilitated connections through Step’s investor meeting and mentoring programs

For more information and media passes please contact us at [email protected]

For more information:

Mutaz Albadri


+971 50 570 6785

[email protected]

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