About this Workshop

The ICEF Dubai Workshop is the region’s leading event for networking with student recruitment agents from the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Turkey. There is no other event that can match ICEF Dubai in terms of size, scope, and most importantly quality.

In 2017, the Dubai Workshop hosted 421 participants from 301 organisations in 44 countries around the world. Of these participants, 202 were carefully screened and selected agents from 26 countries in the region.

ICEF prides itself on ensuring every possible measure is taken to make sure you meet only the best and most professional agents at our events. All student recruitment agents at the Dubai event must first pass our selection and screening process, and have an active interest in partnering a broad range of educators and service providers.

During the workshop, attend informative seminars, participate in networking receptions and hold one-to-one meetings with agents selected by you prior to the event. These activities give you ample opportunity to appoint new representatives, as well as maintain and extend relationships with existing partners.

The ICEF Dubai Workshop is the best way to meet a large number of top-quality agents face-to-face, in one location, saving you time and travel costs.

About this Workshop

The event enables educators to hold up to 36 pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings with relevant, quality student recruitment agents, as well as with other educators and service providers. These appointments are 25 minutes in duration and serve the dual objective of meeting new contacts and maintaining existing relationships. The workshop program also includes meals, refreshment breaks and evening functions, which offer valuable networking opportunities.

February 12, 2018
13.00 – 19.00
Registration of participants
14.00 – 14.45
Introductory seminars: “How to maximise your ICEF Workshop experience“
14.45 – 19.00
19.00 – 21.00
Welcome reception - sponsored by Seneca College
February 13, 2018
Workshop hall opens, light breakfast
09.00 – 11.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
11.00 – 11.30
Refreshment break
11.30 – 13.00
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 16.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
16.00 – 16.30
Refreshment break
16.30 – 19.00
Business meetings (5 x 25 minutes each)
19.30 – 23.00
Dinner Reception - sponsored by Mercan Group
February 14, 2018
Workshop hall opens, light breakfast
09.00 – 11.00
Business meetings (4 x 25 minutes each)
11.00 – 11.30
Refreshment break
11.30 – 13.00
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
13.00 – 14.00
14.00 – 15.30
Business meetings (3 x 25 minutes each)
15.30 – 16.00
Refreshment break
16.00 – 17.00
Business meetings (2 x 25 minutes each)
Workshop hall closes

The ICEF Dubai Workshop is held at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai’s commercial district. The hotel offers 400 spacious rooms with exceptional guest facilities including high-speed internet. This innovative hotel is set among landscaped gardens and has a swimming pool, sun deck and state-of-the-art gym. With 15 restaurants and bars - including one with spectacular views over Dubai - the Jumeirah Emirates Towers is a sophisticated, premium venue.

Workshop participants enjoy preferential rates, but can also choose from a selection of other hotels to meet differing budgets.

More information on Dubai can be found on the following link:
Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing

Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures for the ICEF Dubai Workshop 2017:

  • 421 participants representing 301 organisations from 44 countries and 6 continents
  • 183 educators representing 127 education institutions from 23 countries
  • 202 agents representing 160 agencies from 26 countries in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia
  • 18 service providers representing 13 organisations from 8 countries
  • 18 guests from 1 additional institution
  • 3 878 pre-scheduled meetings during 2 days

Attendee ratings “Excellent” or “Good”

Dubai17 attendee ratings

Educator demographics

Dubai17 Educator demographics

Educator profile

Dubai17 Educator profile

Agent demographics

Agent demographics

An integral benefit of attending an ICEF Workshop is participation in the seminar programme. These seminars provide invaluable information and the latest research on trends affecting the world of international education, both regionally and globally.

Next Workshop's seminar programme will be available 3 months before the event

The seminar programme for the ICEF Dubai Workshop 2017 is available here.

Previous workshop's presentations are available via the following links:


Educators & Service Providers

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“I was very impressed with the organisation of the entire workshop. All the staff were willing to help me when requested. The lunches and break time refreshments were of the highest quality. Overall, it was the best recruiting event I have attended in years.” - Michael Sudlow, English Language & Culture Institute, USA.

“I was referred to ICEF by an educator who has been participating in ICEF Workshops. I am pleased that I invested to attend this event. I can confidently say that this is the best event I have attended and hope to book future workshops. I must also congratulate ICEF on how well they have treated us, and your generosity with meals and refreshments. I found your service to be very good value for the money.” - Edith Eneanya-Bonito, LVC London School of English, UK.

“I have done this event 6 times in the past and it always helps me to find new contacts, establish existing ones and to find out what market trends there are at the moment. This is a region that is important to us and this is always an event to participate in.” - David Arrowsmith, inlingua Cheltenham, UK.

“As always, ICEF have organised a first class event. I had positive meetings across the board and didn't have any no-shows.” - Roland Sharp, Anglo Ltd, UK.

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