April plays host to a wide selection of exhibitions and events, from the always-popular Gitex Shopper and Arabian Travel Market to the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, and the long-awaited return of one of the 1990’s most popular boybands – the Backstreet Boys. Be sure to make a note of these dates in your diary!
Dubai World Trade Centre, Wednesday 4 – Saturday 7 April
GITEX Shopper Spring is without question the most popular consumer electronics event on the Dubai Calendar.
Leading retailers such as E-Max, Jacky’s Electronics, Jumbo Electronics, Plug Ins and Sharaf DG will offer a stunning range of smartphones, laptops, tablets, HD TVs, wearables and smart watches, digital cameras and gaming consoles from world-class brands.
Tech enthusiasts and savvy shoppers will be spoiled for choice, with GITEX Shopper’s popular raffles, flash sales and competitions creating a real buzz, while a number of new contests and show features will give visitors new exciting opportunities to compete and win exclusive prizes.
With a full programme of fun activities for families the spring edition of this iconic show is a not-to-be-missed event. www.gitexshopperdubai.com
Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain, Friday April 6 – Sunday April 8
Formula 1’s favourite night race is back!
“The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” will be front-and-centre once again on the international stage, with the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix grabbing the global spotlight from April 6 to 8.
The Sakhir event will mark the second round of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and motorsport’s elite will be lining up on the grid for another epic 57-lap battle, including superstars such as Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and so many more.
The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix saw a record crowd of 33,000 on race day and 93,000 over the weekend, an even greater turnout is expected in 2018 as the popularity of motorsport in the region reaches an all-time high. www.bahraingp.com
The Backstreet Boys Come To Our Own Back Yard!
Media City Amphitheatre, Friday 20 April
The famed 90s boyband, who have been confirmed as the headline act for Blended music festival on Friday, April 20, will perform a one off set at the Media City Amphitheatre.
It’ll be the first time the famed 90s boyband have performed in Dubai since their December 2009 performance at The Palladium.
The Backstreet Boys rose to fame in 1996 with the release of their first album, and went on to sell over 130 million records. The five-piece, comprising of AJ McLean, Howie D, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell have enjoyed worldwide success for almost 25 years, and are widely regarded as the best-selling boyband of all time.
Arabian Travel Market
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sunday 22 – Wednesday 25 April
Over the last 25 years, the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) is the leading global event for the Middle East travel industry. The event generates more than $2.5 billion of travel industry deals.
The annual business-to-business (B2B) exhibition showcases over 2,800 products and destinations from around the world to over 28,000 buyers and travel trade visitors.
Over 39,000 travel professionals, government ministers and international press are expected to visit the event, to negotiate and discover the latest industry opinions and trends. www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com