MIDEM (Marché International du Disque et de l'Edition Musicale) is holding the first music industry trade show for the Middle East and North Africa in Dubai between the 24 and 29 Sept 2013, The event includes conferences, concerts and an exhibition. According to the event website, it is taking place in Dubai because of the diversity of its population and its importance as a business hub and centre of tourism.
The event has been reported by the BBC which asks in its clip "US music stars attend Dubai music industry conference" 28 Sept 2013 whether new Arabic language bands can really make money with "file-sharing and piracy prevalent in the region." Apparently the answer is yes and artists and their managers are developing business models that take advantage of those technologies.
A lesson for the rest of the world perhaps.