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Empowering CIO to lead the way


Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, CIOMajlis was established in December 2015 by Smartworld, a joint venture company (50/50) between Dubai Aviation City Corporation and Etisalat. In 2022, following the establishment of e& enterprise by e& Group (formerly Etisalat) and the subsequent acquisition of 100% equity of Smartworld by e& enterprise, CIOMajlis began operating under the umbrella of e& enterprise.

CIOMajlis is a platform dedicated to advancing and supporting senior technology leaders. The initiative offers a platform for them to exchange best practices, stay up-to-date on industry developments, and connect with peers to collaborate on addressing common challenges. Membership grants access to events, educational resources, and other benefits specifically tailored to foster the professional growth and development of senior technology leaders. Moreover, CIOMajlis actively promotes the value and contributions of the IT function within organisations and advocates for policies that support the crucial role of senior technology executives.



Pioneering CIO Initiative:

Leading innovation since 2015, driving progress across industries.

Esteemed CIO Network:

250+ influential CIOs shaping the future of IT through collaboration

Transformative Events:

100+ events fueling breakthroughs and fostering growth.

Influential Guest Speakers:

Tapping into wisdom, igniting revolutionary ideas.

Collaborative Innovation:

Uniting 15 industries, sparking growth and innovation

Media Acclaim:

Empowering the CIO community, driving excellence and success.


Welcome to CIOMajlis, the premier platform for senior technology leaders in the UAE. As Chairman, I am honored to extend my warmest greetings.

CIOMajlis empowers CIOs to navigate the digital landscape and drive innovation. We foster a vibrant community for knowledge exchange and networking. Through our diverse programs, we facilitate thought-provoking discussions and provide insights from industry experts.

We stay at the forefront of emerging technologies and equip our members with the latest tools and strategies for success. We are grateful for the invaluable support of our members, sponsors, and partners. Together, we shape the future of IT leadership. 

Join our community and explore valuable resources on our website. Let’s create transformative impact together.

Ahmed Al Ahmed, Chairman of CIOMajlis


Events & Conferences


We organize a variety of events and conferences designed to provide valuable awareness about best practices, latest technology trends, and market conditions. Our events are tailored to the specific needs of senior technology executives, and provide a forum for networking, learning, and professional development. Our conferences feature keynote speakers from leading industry experts, interactive panel discussions, and opportunities for attendees to share their own experiences and insights. We strive to provide a comprehensive and engaging program that will help our members stay current and competitive in the ever-evolving technology landscape.

Embracing the Future: Technology & Innovation at the Forefront

In the continuously evolving landscape of the digital age, understanding and leveraging the latest technological advancements and innovations are paramount for organizations and professionals worldwide. As we navigate through rapid digital transformations, the significance of adopting cutting-edge...

Leading Cyber Resilience in the Digital Age: Insights and Innovations

In the rapidly advancing digital era, understanding cybersecurity and resilience became paramount for organizations worldwide. As digital frameworks evolved, so did the complexities and threats within them, making proactive strategies and measures more vital than ever. In this CIOMajlis event, we...

Exploring the Horizons of AI: A CIOMajlis Visit to Microsoft Technology Center

In the heart of Dubai Internet City, the Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) stands as a testament to cutting-edge technological advancements and innovations. CIOMajlis members had the exclusive opportunity to venture into the intricacies of Microsoft's trailblazing technologies: Azure OpenAI and...

Total Experience: A Deep Dive into Transformative Engagement Strategies

The concept of Total Experience, which seeks to integrate the physical, digital, and human dimensions of engagement, has emerged as a pioneering approach in shaping how organizations interact with both customers and employees. In an enlightening CIOMajlis event, attendees had the exclusive...

Unlocking the Power of Generative AI: A Game Changer for Organizations

The event discussed Generative AI applications, challenges, ethics, and ways to integrate it for innovation and growth.

Understanding Web 3.0: Applications, Challenges & Adoption

The event discussed Web 3.0 principles, role in industries, and ethical implications.

Cloud Native: Empowering Digital Transformation with Leading Technologies

Hosted by AWS, the event discussed cloud native principles, role, technologies, challenges, ethics, and trends.

Data Fabric: Unleashing Data’s Potential for Growth & Innovation

Hosted by SAP, the event covered Modern Data Fabric foundational principles, technologies, use cases, and ethical implications, showcasing its transformative power for innovation and business growth.

UAE Personal Data Protection: Compliance and Ethical Considerations

The event covered the new law key provisions, impact on businesses, compliance steps, data protection principles, advanced technologies, and ethical considerations.

Exploring FinTech Innovation: Insights from DIFC FinTech Hive

Hosted by DIFC FinTech Hive, the event covered programs supporting startups in FinTech, InsurTech, RegTech, and Islamic Fintech, including ecosystems, resources, and funding opportunities.

Overseas Innovation Trips


Overseas innovation trips are a unique opportunity for senior technology executives to explore the latest technological advancements and innovations. Every year, we organise for select members a tour in one of the most innovative countries in the world to provide them with a firsthand look at the cutting-edge technologies and practices being developed and implemented in these countries, as well as the opportunity to expand their professional network globally. By participating in these trips, members gain valuable insights and inspiration to bring back to their own organisations, helping to drive innovation and improve their overall performance.


CIOMajlis explored the dynamic landscapes of Hong Kong and Shenzhen, visiting Huawei, iFlytek, DJI Technology, The Shenzhen Bay Science and Technology Ecological Park and Shenzhen Airport.


CIOMajlis explored Ireland’s tech and innovation scene, visiting Enterprise Ireland, Dogpatch Labs, Ding, and attending the Mobility Innovation Summit.


CIOMajlis explored Finland’s startup scene, visiting Business Finland, Nokia, GE Healthcare, and Helsinki University among others.

Sweden & Denmark

CIOMajlis explored Sweden and Denmark’s innovation focus, visiting Ericsson, Epicenter, Volvo Trucks, and Maersk among others.

South Korea

CIOMajlis visited South Korea, exploring Samsung, Hyundai, Songdo, ASIA Beat, and Ahnlab to witness tech innovations.

United States

CIOMajlis organized an innovation trip to Silicon Valley, visiting top tech companies like Cisco, GE, Oracle, Dell EMC, and Microsoft.



We conduct regular surveys to gather feedback and insights from senior technology executives on a wide range of topics. The results of the surveys are shared among members with the objective to gain insights into IT trends and strategies, benchmark IT performance, identify best practices, identify areas of improvement, determine challenges and risks facing the industry and explore opportunities for growth and innovation.

IT Performance & Measurement

Survey explores how CIOs measure IT performance, highlighting prevalent metrics, faced challenges, and strategies for data-driven decision-making.

Emerging Technologies

Survey uncovers CIOs’ views on emerging technologies adoption, detailing their interests, implementation challenges, and strategies for staying competitive.

Talent & Workforce Management

Survey explores CIOs’ perspectives on talent management, identifying key IT skills, workforce management challenges, and strategies to address them.

IT Budget and Spending

Survey reveals insights on IT budget management by CIOs, highlighting common spending areas, challenges faced, and strategies for optimizing limited resources.



The role of Information Technology within a business has evolved significantly in recent years. IT is no longer just a support function but has become a critical business enabler that plays a vital role in driving growth and innovation. Senior technology executives are leaders of the IT function and are responsible for aligning technology with the overall strategy and goals of the organisation. We conduct regular interviews with the goal of throwing the spotlight on the important role that IT and the senior technology executives play in modern businesses by showcasing the insights, strategies, and success stories. These interviews provide valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities facing them and can help other IT leaders learn from the experiences of their peers.



Interview with Mohammed Al Rais, Director of IT at ENOC

Mohammed Al Rais leverages technology for business growth, navigates challenges through planning and partnership, and envisions a tech-driven future in energy.

Interview with Saud Al Dhawyani, CTO at Emirates NBD

Saud Al Dhawyani emphasizes fostering talent, aligning with business goals, adopting emerging tech trends, and leveraging data for decision-making in his role.

Interview with Hanan Al Zarouni, Executive Director at Dubai Holding Asset Management

Hanan Al Zarouni uses technology for innovation and customer experience, while valuing the importance of a diverse, talented team.

Interview with Aisha Al Muhairi, Assistant Director of IT Support Services at Sharjah Airport

Aisha Al Muhairi uses AI and IoT for operational efficiency, while overcoming cybersecurity challenges. Future trends include AI, blockchain, and electric propulsion.

Interview with Abdallah Al Ali, IT Director at DMCC

Abdalla Al Ali focuses on digitization, efficiency, and customer experience. He emphasizes future digital trends, upskilling, and collaboration.

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