After the resounding success of the Smart SMB Summit held on 26th September at JW Marriott in Dubai that was attended by 1200 decision makers from the mid-market segment, the summit now will hold its inaugural Bahrain edition in January 2019.

The Summit is likely to be attended by over 300 mid-market decision makers from the Bahrain Business community. The focus of the Summit will be on the transformation themes that are impacting the Business dynamics in the market, ranging from VAT implementation (VAT will be implemented at the rate of five per cent effective from January 1st 2019) to digital transformation.

The keynotes will be addressed by experts in the respective domains and the panel discussions will include a cross-section of industry representatives who bring the desired level of high level debates on the chosen topics.

The objectives of the summit are to enhance an awareness around these major trends and build a proactive aptitude in the SMB/SME segment to empower/enable their Businesses by opting for the right technologies.

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The event is also likely to include limited pre-fixed meetings to facilitate serious business association/partnership talks. This would be available to sponsors of the event.


Mansoor Sarwar
Mansoor Sarwar
Director Technical Services & Pre-Sales, Sage Middle East
Hesham El Komy
Hesham El Komy
Epicor - Regional Vice President
Khalid Rashid Moh’d Jalal
Khalid Rashid Moh’d Jalal
Senior Group Ict Manager,GARMCO
Veer Arjun Passi
Veer Arjun Passi
CEO - Kalaam Telecom
Arpan Stephen
Arpan Stephen
E-Learning Expert - Medical Education, Arabian Gulf University
Dr. Jassim Haji
Dr. Jassim Haji
President, Artificia Intelligence Society
CA Maheshkumar Narayan
CA Maheshkumar Narayan
Vice Chairperson of the Bahrain Chapter of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Mubeen Khadir
Mubeen Khadir
Senior Director, Keypoint
Srinivasan Arumuga
Srinivasan Arumuga
Director of Commercial,Kalaam Telecom


Connections can be made at a traditional trade show, but with our unique format, lasting relationships are forged through a multitude of networking opportunities. Attendees are able to network and dive more deeply into discussions that cannot be had walking a trade show floor. Regarding the number of end user attendees and solution providers, we believe that quality over quantity adds a higher value to the conversations had, because only the most-qualified attendees are invited to attend and only vendors that are capable of delivering scalable solutions to major enterprises are eligible to sponsor.

Smart SMB Awards

It is our pleasure to announce that we are now inviting nominations for the Smart SMB Awards Bahrain to be presented at the Smart SMB Summit on 23rd January.

These Awards will recognize the outstanding work being done by companies in executing Digital and Business Transformation.

As Digital Transformation is today being seen as an essential approach for Businesses to stay competent and embrace the future, irrespective of whichever verticals they focus upon, these awards recognize the pioneering deployments that underline a strong strategy and commitment. The awards will recognize companies for their use of newer technologies including cloud, block-chain, Analytics, AI etc towards goals of Business transformation.

These Awards are being presented in multiple categories and each category winner would be decided by an independent jury panel consisting of eminent industry experts. The shortlist of nominees for each of the awards would be drawn on basis of entries submitted with collateral support justifying the nomination entry.

The Awards nominations phase would run from July until December 20th to January 12th. The award winners will be announced and felicitated at the Summit & Awards gala.

If you are an SMB / Mid-Market company operating out of Bahrain, you are requested to submit your nominations for these awards through this online form. The nominations can only be done by the authorized Management/Marketing / Agency representative of a company.

The shortlist will be based on parameters like technologies used, vision and scale of deployment, pioneering aspect of the deployment, completion and proven benefits to Business and workforce, clarity of future relevance, interoperability with future deployments

Please submit your entry in about less than 300 words in the relevant boxes below. Please make separate entries for each category you want to nominate in.

1. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Healthcare

2. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Hospitality

3. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Education

4. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Retail

5. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Manufacturing

6. Best Digital & Business Transformation in BFSI

7. Best Digital & Business Transformation in Travel

8. Cloud Computing Solutions Provider of the Year

9. Blockchain Solutions Provider of the Year

10. Telecom Solutions Provider of the Year

11. VAD of the Year with Best Digital Transformation Focus

12. VAD of the Year in Mid-Market/SMB Segments

13. IoT Solutions Vendor of the Year

14. Blockchain Solutions Vendor of the Year

15. Cloud Computing Solutions Vendor of the Year

16. Security Solutions Vendor of the Year

17. Vendor with Best Commitment to SMB/Mid-Market segments

18. Networking Transformation Vendor of the Year

19. Digital Workplace Vendor of the Year

20. Best Business Productivity Software Vendor of the Year

21. Best Accounting SaaS Vendor of the Year

22. CEO of the Year (leadership in driving digital transformation)

23. CIO of the Year (for execution of digital transformation)

24. CDO of the Year (for innovations in transformation strategies)

25. CFO of the Year (for facilitating Business & Digital transformation)

26. CISO of the Year (for ensuring secure digital transformation)

27. Digital Innovations in Client Services (Maximum services available for clients digitally with innovative features)

28. Easy Set-Up Services for SMB (Quick turnaround, cost competitiveness, Simplicity in processes, Client servicing and support, Digital services

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For General Enquiries, Contact

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Event Location

Gulf Hotel Bahrain

Building 11، Rd No 3801, Manama, Bahrain

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