Frequently Asked Questions

What is ArabNet?

ArabNet is the hub for Arab digital professionals and entrepreneurs, creating online and offline platforms for them to connect and learn. The vision of ArabNet is to grow the web and mobile sectors in the region, through various innovative and unique initiatives. It aims to build business bridges across the MENA, stimulate the growth of the Arab knowledge economy, and support the creation of new businesses and job opportunities for the youth.

ArabNet Beirut

ArabNet is coming to Beirut on February 20-21-22.
In its ninth edition, the conference aims to continue setting the ground for digital business and the creative sector in the Levant and the region, drawing in over 1,800 attendees from across the world, eager to connect, network and learn. High-profile international and regional industry leaders will participate in the Forum Track, which includes over 40 panels and talks geared towards the future of digital in the region. ArabNet Beirut also serves as a platform for budding entrepreneurs wishing to present their ideas, startups, and hardware products through ArabNet’s competitions: Ideathon, StartUp Demo, Innovation Avenue, and Creative Combat.

What is the Ideathon competition?

The Ideathon competition aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship at its earliest stage: turning bright ideas into functional products. It runs as a series of rapid back-to-back presentations, were selected entrepreneurs get 2 minutes in the spotlight to showcase their ideas. Winners receive $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 respectively, as a seed grant to help them kick-start their business, while great ideas receive the attention of investors, incubators, and other developers interested in making the project into reality.

What is the StartUp Battle competition?

The Startup Battle competition aims to support early-stage startups from across the region and help them grow their businesses. Each selected entrepreneur is allowed 5 minutes on-stage to showcase their product and convince the audience and judges of its strong market potential, effective business model and socio-economic potential impact. Finalists and runners-up receive an exhibition space for the duration of the conference, where they can network with investors, developers, executives, and the media, and build the relationships they need to help them expand their business. Winners get to compete at the Startup Regional Championship in Dubai and go global.

What is the Startup Regional Championship?

The Startup Regional Championship is a new ArabNet initiative that visits cities across the region selecting the best of local startups to compete in the final apex championship at the ArabNet Digital Summit in Dubai. Startups get the chance to meet with investors, supporters, and the media in their local communities during phase one, which is the Startup Battle competition, while finalists from each country get to present to world-class investors and international media at the final event. Championship winners receive a $20,000 cash prize, as well as acceleration opportunities in Silicon Valley and services from a wide range of providers.

What is the TechFair?

The TechFair is the accompanying exhibition to the ArabNet Beirut conference, featuring over 50 exhibitors from around the region and the world. Leading companies and promising startups showcase their best, as 1400+ exclusive attendees mingle, connect and discover the latest trends, applications and technologies.
Access to the TechFair is open solely to ArabNet participants.

What language is the conference conducted in?

ArabNet Riyadh is conducted entirely in English and Arabic.

How can I participate in ArabNet Beirut 2018?

To participate, you may register online.

Registration Categories

There are 3 registration categories for the event: professional, youth, and student. Participation fee varies according to category.


Any registrant 30 years of age or above, at the time of the event.


Any registrant between 22 and 29 years of age, at the time of the event.


Any registrant below 22 years of age, at the time of the event. Students are required to scan and email a copy of their dated student ID, clearly indicating the participant’s student status.

Note: You will be asked to scan and email a copy of your passport when making a payment online. Any registrant completing their payment on-site, rather than online, will be required to pay the full on-site fee regardless of online registration date.

How can I save on attending ArabNet Beirut 2018?

The cost of attending ArabNet Beirut increases as the event approaches. The sooner you register and pay, the lower the fees. You may view the rates here.

Early Bird Registration Rates:

Early Bird Registration is open until January 3, 2018.

Regular Rates:

Regular Rate Registration is open until February 6, 2018.

Late Bird Rates:

Late Bird Rates will be open from February 7 until February 19, 2018.

On-site Rates:

February 20-21-22, on-site fees apply to all registrations. Take advantage of reduced rates by registering prior to this date.

Group Rates:

Groups of 5+ people can register together in order to benefit from a 15% discount on their individual participation fees.
Groups of 8+ people can register together in order to benefit from a 20% discount on their individual participation fees.

Can I choose which days of ArabNet Beirut 2018 to attend?

Registration may include:
1. Access to all 3 event days, February 20-21-22
2. Access to Founders’ Day alone, February 20
3. Access to both Forum days, February 21-22
4. Access to all 3 event days + Banking day, February 20-21-22
5. Access to both Forum days + Banking day, February 21-22

To view the price list, please visit the registration page.

Promo Codes

Promo Codes are unique codes provided by ArabNet that grant discounted participation fees.

If you are eligible for a discounted participation, you will receive a promo code to be entered into a designated field on the ArabNet registration page. Once you have entered your promocode, the reduced fee you are eligible for will automatically appear on the page.

May I bring a guest to ArabNet Beirut 2018?

ArabNet Beirut badges are valid for one person only - the one to have registered and paid in order to attend the event. Unregistered attendees may not attend.

Attendance and Refund Policy

By purchasing an ArabNet Beirut 2018 pass, you understand and agree that:

The ArabNet team reserves the right to refuse admittance to or remove a person from ArabNet Beirut 2018, at any time and at its sole discretion, including but not limited to attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with the following terms and conditions:


No solicitation nor selling of items/services is allowed at ArabNet Beirut 2018. Any attendee conducting such activities will have their badge revoked.

Swapping of Badges

Using the same ArabNet badge to attend ArabNet Beirut 2018, by more than one delegate is strictly prohibited, whether at the same or during separate times. Both individuals partaking in this activity will be prohibited from re-entering ArabNet Beirut 2018.

Badge Replacement Policy

Please note that the participating delegate will be issued 1 badge only to attend ArabNet Beirut 2018. In case of badge loss, you will be required to pay a full participation fee in order to replace it. If your badge is damaged however, we are happy to exchange it with a new one.


There is a handling fee of $50 for refunds, regardless of registration categories. ArabNet does not offer returns or refunds for ArabNet Beirut 2018 post January 20th.

How can I get information about ArabNet Beirut 2018?

The ArabNet website includes information about the full ArabNet Beirut 2018 program, as well as logistics.
For further inquiries, you may contact us: | +961 1 658 444

Speaking Opportunities at ArabNet Beirut 2018

ArabNet has a track-record of bringing together globally renowned speakers to discuss cutting-edge topics in web and mobile, through interactive panel formats, talks, and workshops. To take a look at the speakers who participated in the ArabNet Riyadh Conference 2017 in Riyadh, click here.
If you are interested in speaking at ArabNet Beirut 2018, please fill the following form.

Speak at ArabNet

For speakers interested in showcasing a case study or research specifically on social media, at the Summit or future events, please fill in this form:Submit a Proposal

For other speaking proposals please fill in this form.

ArabNet is a leading events, media and research company focused on digital business and entrepreneurship in MENA. ArabNet organizes major annual conferences in Beirut, Riyadh, Dubai, and Kuwait; publishes news and analysis of the digital sector on its online news portal and print 'ArabNet Quarterly' magazine; and creates original research reports about the region’s digital industry.