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Over the years, STEP has earned itself the reputation of being the MENA region’s favourite experimental tech festival. And if turnouts at the widely-celebrated event are to be taken into account, the popularity of STEP is at an all-time high.

STEP 2018, according to the event’s organizer STEP Group, recorded a 20% rise in attendance compared to previous years. Not only that, but the 2018 edition of the tech fest also saw a higher degree of interest among investors.

“This growth in the number of attendees and investors interest is primarily due to the new format of the event, as well as the decision to host it at the strategically more viable Dubai Internet City,” added STEP Group.

STEP 2018 was held on March 28 and 29, and it attracted more than 6,000 attendees. Additionally, there were 200 participating startups and exhibitors, and 250 speakers.

For the first time since the birth of the event, now in its sixth year, the conference program was delivered across four different stages, each dedicated to a particular industry. These include one stage each for FinTech, startups concerns, digital media, and future tech.

“STEP Conference and Dubai Internet City share the same goal and mission to nurture, support and enable entrepreneurial talent. Innovation happens when creative minds come together and exchange ideas, and over the last two days, the partnership between the DIC ecosystem and STEP has successfully facilitated these exchanges and unleashed the creativity of our vibrant technology communities,” said Ammar Al Malik, Executive Director of Dubai Internet City (DIC) while highlighting the importance of events like STEP to encourage and promote a successful entrepreneurial culture.