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About Informa

lnforma is a leading company offering business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and services in event management in Dubai. Our company operates in the Knowledge and Information Economy. We are also listed on the London Stock Exchange and a member of the FTSE 100. We provide products and services based on content, intelligence and connections to specialist communities worldwide. lnforma has 4 divisions: Academic Publishing, Business Intelligence, Global Exhibitions, Knowledge and Networking. lnforma’s Knowledge & Networking Division, operates worldwide as KNect 365, and organises high-quality, content-driven events and programmes that enable specialist communities to meet, connect, network and share knowledge. The lnforma Middle East office, formerly known as IIR Middle East, has over two decades of regional experience in organising and managing all types of business events

Executive Management

Shabnam Rawal : Managing Director, KNect365 Dubai

Shabnam Rawal

Managing Director, KNect365 Dubai

Shabnam has been in the events industry since 1996. She joined IIR Middle East in 1999 which was then acquired by Informa PLC. Having managed the production team, she went on to become Managing Director of the KNect365 business in Dubai with the objective of delivering high quality content for the decision makers in the region. Since then, Shabnam has taken over the management of KNect Maritime (UK), KNect IMI (US) and KNect Learning in Australia. Her role is focused on establishing a strong presence for KNect365’s events and communities in these markets.
Peter Hall : President of Global Exhibitions EMEA

Peter Hall

President of EMEA, Informa Markets

Peter was appointed Managing Director, Trade & Consumer MENA and UK, Informa in 2014 and is based in Dubai. He is responsible for a range of business to business and consumer events organized from offices in Dubai, Cairo and London, covering real estate investment, electricity generation & distribution, security, automotive, wedding, agriculture, printing & packaging, logistics & transport and renewable energy sectors. Prior to that, Peter held various senior management roles across Informa’s exhibitions, business information and conference divisions since joining the company in 2000.Peter is a graduate of the University of Leeds with a 1st Class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering; he also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management

Our name is changing, but our mission remains.

We have always aimed to satisfy the world’s hunger for information with quality content, unique insight and expert speakers. Now our customers want more than reliable data and expert opinion. They trust us to deliver inspiring connections with people and opportunities. Connections that make life better and work more satisfying. In our business nothing is more important. That’s why later this year we will become Informa Connect.

What we do?

We have millions of professional and commercial customers. Our mission is to give them access to extraordinary people and exceptional insight. We provide unique opportunities to learn, establish relationships and do business. We do this through a range of products and services, from digital communities to live events.


Our conferences in Dubai are about learning and networking. They are about learning from real-world examples, taking part in debates, and building strong networks with key representatives from some of the world’s most forward-thinking organisations. All of our events are meticulously researched by our team of event experts work together to bring you the latest industry developments and new ideas that concern your industry and you as a professional.


With over 20 years experience in bringing you the latest business knowledge, we are the preferred training provider for the region’s leading companies. Our training in Dubai is designed and delivered by top industry practitioners providing you access to specialist know-how first hand. Whether you’re attending one of our public training courses or one of our in-house programmes you’re sure to come away with fresh, new ideas that will benefit not only your company but also you as an individual.


This course on Corporate Governance - Best practice is one of the most relevant courses for all Audit Professionals. I would suggest all relevant functions to attend this at the beginning stage of their roles; so they ensure the best methodology is adopted.
mohammed sajid Ali
08:39 31 May 18
The training was a great experience! I have gained a lot of information and will apply what I learn in my job and life. Thank you so much, Informa
fadwa alkhayyal
08:30 28 May 18
One of the best places to work in Dubai! The salary package is very competitive and includes a relocation incentive of 1 month accommodation and annual tickets home. There are regular management meetings, HR is very supportive and the company is listed with most reputed banks. Overall, it was a great experience working there.
Mariana De' Carli
13:04 11 Mar 18
Excellent course, Informa! Alan's delivery of the information in a great learning environment. Thank you Alan for making it so much fun!
Tamara Stubbs
06:29 03 Jun 18
The Certificate in Business Process Management & Improvement course make my work easier, it help me understand my work and the company vision. It's very helpful in the real work life. I'm already looking forward to attend another course with the same trainer with Informa
Dhay Alsalman
09:23 31 May 18
Informa Exhibitions is a fair employer. The work-life balance is great and if you are ambitious sky is the limit. I, Khurram Saeed worked in the capacity of Exhibition Director for a period of 10 years at Informa Exhibitions Dubai and moved on happily in the year 2017. Good Luck to all my "Ex-coworkers" from Informa Exhibitions !
13:04 24 Sep 18
Informa Markets, formerly known as Informa Exhibitions, is the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, delivering over 550 international market-leading events, brands and experiences annually through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. People are at the heart of Informa Markets. Our 4,400+ talented colleagues work across a variety of markets and use their industry insight to create environments that enable our customers to connect and businesses to flourish. Learn more about Informa Markets


lnforma Exhibitions open the door to product and service information through a portfolio of large-scale trade & consumer events, covering a diverse range of business sectors. With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions, Informa brings together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Each event is complemented by an array of conferences, training courses, publications, industry awards, market intelligence services & networking functions – all to help you get the business information you need.
lnforma PLC has over 7,500 colleagues around the world, with a presence and customers in North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the Middle East we have offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. You can also contact us by email on info-mea@informa.com
Informa Middle East Ltd. (Dubai Branch) Level 20, in the World Trade Center TowerDubai, UAE PO Box 9428 E: info-mea@informa.com T: +971 4 407 2500 F: +971 4 335 2438
Informa Middle East Ltd. (Abu Dhabi Branch) Office No 1217, 12th Floor WIFAQ Building Airport Road, Abu Dhabi, UAE PO Box 111734 T: +971 4 407 2500
Informa Saudi Arabia Ltd. Office 109, 1st Floor, Aban Center King Abdulaziz Road, AlGhadir District, Riyadh 13311, KSA   T: +966 (11) 453 0077 M: +966 55 610 3381