Affiliate conferences The ultimate guide to Affiliate Grand Slam in Dubai

Going to Affiliate Grand Slam this week? Get all the essential info on who to meet and network with, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and how to make the best out of attending the conference in our utmost detailed guide.
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“Bringing Together Thousands of Like-Minded Delegates: Content Makers, Conversion Optimisation, and Lead Generation Specialists, Media Buyers, Affiliates, SEO gurus, and Influencers”

Affiliate Grand Slam is due to be just that, a grand slam of an event! One of the biggest draws of this conference is that there will be two complimentary super-shows under one roof. Fused alongside Affiliate Grand Slam (AGS) will be AIBC Dubai, proving to be a wonderful merger of exposure for anyone working in or even just interested in the industry.

The event is to take place in Dubai, at InterContinental Dubai - Festival City, an IHG Hotel. However, even if you are not able to attend in person, you can attend virtually is available as well. Check out the Affiliate Grand Slam event page.

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AGS is not holding back when it comes to the quality of the opportunities to learn and network. From established companies to start-ups, there is no shortage of events that you can participate in. A star-studded cast of experts in their respective fields and industries will be giving presentations that you will be able to attend throughout the day.

Pre-registration and AGS Awards

Guests should arrive during the day on the 24th of May. Pre-registrations and welcome reception will be held at Vista Lounge of the InterContinental Hotel at 18:00. Here you can receive your badge and do a little networking. At 20:00 AGS Awards will be held in the Al Baraha Ballroom to celebrate the best in the industry and start the weekend off with a bang.

Day 1

Throughout the day from 9:00 to 19:00, you can explore the expo floor and check out stands from various exhibitors. 

The conference will begin at 9:30. You will be able to listen to high-ranking members of prominent companies speaking as well as founders of successful companies in the industry sharing their experience.

From 9:30 to 13:00 speakers will discuss the latest trends of affiliates and digital marketing. Topics include digital marketing brand strategy, ad tech, and possible opportunities in different regions. 

Speakers program include 

From 13:00 to 14:30 AGS Startup Pitch will be held. Each startup will have a small booth on the expo floor that investors and mentors can visit. The winner will receive a prize from the sponsors that include digital marketing, PR, and recruitment services as well as office space for the team.

After that, the second part of the presentations will commence from 14:30 to 18:30. Speakers will explore topics related to marketing in crypto, recruitment of content affiliates, new technologies, and content creation.

Presentations will be given by:

...and many other prominent experts of the industry. A full list of speakers can be found on the Affiliate Grand Slam page in the Agenda section.

On the evening of day 1, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking while getting some drinks at Vista Lounge between 18:00 and 20:00 that will be followed by exclusive dinners and boat meet up by the conversion club that will go on until 23:00.

Day 2

On the second day, participants of the conference can continue exploring the expo floors before the beginning of the conference at 10:00. Speakers will discuss innovations of affiliate and digital marketing until 14:00.

Speakers of this day include:

Networking drinks will again take place at Vista Lounge between 18:00 and 20:00

Make sure you have an invitation to one or both of the exclusive dinners that will be held after the drinks on Zaytoun Terrace (Sigma Friends Dinner) and Belgian Cafe Terrace (HugeOffers VIP Dinner) at Crowne Plaza.

Drinks and dinner will be followed by an AGS closing night at Zero Gravity that is located on Dubai Marina.

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Our team, Affiliate Valley, is coming to AGS too! 

If you want to check in with us, message our editor-in-chief Sasha. She'll be conducting interviews with the speakers and participants of the conference, but will always find time to catch up!

While you stay in Dubai

Hotels

AGS suggests you stay at one of the official event hotels for the best networking experience. This includes Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, and Holiday Inn all located in Dubai Festival City. More information about these hotels can be found on the AGS Plan Your Trip page

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If you choose another hotel, there are plenty of options close to the event. Some of the hotels nearby are Grand Hyatt Dubai, Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments, Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre, and Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village.

Attractions and activities

In Dubai, there are plenty of things to do in your spare time before or after the AGS event. 

  • Visit the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa which stands at 828m

  • Take a trip out to the desert for a safari and experience the authentic Arab lifestyle

  • See dolphins and seals perform at The Dubai Dolphinarium

  • Take a Dhow cruise along the waters of the Creek or the Marina

  • Visit the Musem of Illusions that contains more than 70 exhibits

  • Take your family out for a day at The Warner Bros World, an indoor theme park

  • Spend a day at the Dubai Parks & Resorts where 4 theme parks are located including Legoland and Bollywood Parks

Living Expenses

The official currency in Dubai is Arab Emirate Dirham (AED) which currently equals around $0.27.

Even though, like anywhere else, expenses will completely depend on what type of places to eat, activities, and transportation you choose. Here we will provide a generalized average of how much things may cost in Dubai.

Food

  • Meal at a restaurant 50AED

  • Fast food meal 25AED

  • Coffee 18AED

  • Domestic Beer, 0.5L 15AED at a supermarket or 45AED at a restaurant

  • Water, 0.5L 2 AED at a supermarket or 6AED at a restaurant

Travel

  • Taxi trip per 1km 3AED

  • Local transport, one-way ticket ≈ 5AED

  • Local transport, monthly pass ≈ 300AED

Other expenses

  • Shampoo ≈ 21AED 

  • Toothpaste ≈ 12AED

  • Cigarettes, 1 pack ≈ 18AED

  • Movie ticket for one ≈ 40AED

  • Jeans, 1 pair ≈ 200AED

  • Running shoes ≈ 320AED

Things to know about Dubai

Dubai attracts tourists from around the world with its sophisticated shopping malls, grand hotels and resorts, and inspiring modern architecture. However, some things should be considered to make your trip to Dubai pleasant and worry-free.

Even though this is one of the most modernized cities in the Middle East, it is still part of the United Arab Emirates and the laws are heavily influenced by the population’s religious views. No one should give you any troubles but to be courteous to the local population, it’s best to dress modestly when you go out to public areas and restrain from showing physical affection in public. 

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However, you do not need to worry about your appearance if you stay within your hotel or resort area or at the beach. 

Alcohol is also not prohibited and there are plenty of bars and restaurants where you can try local beers and wines. However, restrain from drinking in public as it is strictly prohibited.

It’s also important to prepare for the weather to be hot as it usually gets in these areas. In May temperatures range between 23°C and 36°C, with an average of 31°C.

But the most important thing, of course, is to take it all in and experience Dubai as best as you can with all it has to offer. Attend the Affiliate Grand Slam conference and listen to the experts of the marketing and affiliate field, promote your company and yourself while networking with other attendees, enjoy the parties and dinners, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

For readers of Affiliate Valley, AGS prepared a special offer: 25% discount on the event tickets.

To get a discount, use

AIBC: AffiliateValley25AIBC

AGS: AffiliateValley25AGS

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