About this Event

ICEF Dubai 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.

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 with a broad range of educators and service providers.

During the event, 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.

ICEF Dubai 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.

Specific Information about this Workshop for Agents

  • Easily develop partnerships with a wide range of quality educators and service providers
  • Increase student placements by gaining new contacts and new representation agreements
  • Expand and diversify recruitment reach
  • Broaden and diversify your product portfolio and study options
  • Maintain existing contacts and networks
  • Promote your agency to key players within the international education industry
  • Keep up with current market intelligence and trends
  • Meet with a large number of educators and service providers in one place - save time and money
  • Sit the ICEF Agent Training Course (IATC) test

View the Agent comments video.

  • International educators (universities, vocational schools, boarding schools, language schools) wishing to meet with quality agents from the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Turkey
  • Agents from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia wishing to meet with educators from all over the world
  • Service providers who will be exhibiting and who have products and / or services to sell to international students via education institutions or education agents

Prior to the workshop:

  • Comprehensive details of invited educators and service providers
  • Access to the eSchedule PRO online meeting booking system
  • City and venue information
  • Access to targeted marketing and sponsorship opportunities

At the workshop:

  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation (per agency) for agents based outside the workshop location
  • A copy of the Educator & Service Provider Catalogue
  • An entry in the Agent Catalogue
  • Access to Marcom Onsite for last-minute appointment scheduling
  • Professional development via seminars & training
  • Participation in the welcome reception, lunches, refreshment breaks and dinner reception
  • Opportunity to attend agents familiarisation tours and receptions

An integral benefit of attending an ICEF Event 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.

ICEF Dubai 2019 - Seminar Programme

2019 FAM Tours and Receptions

Pre & Post activities will be posted here as they are offered. Please check back here for any new activities added.



Visa on arrival

The Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai has introduced a visa on arrival facility for 48 nationalities. Citizens of the following countries will have a 30 day visit visa (renewable once) stamped directly into their passports at the port of entry, without the need to apply for a visa prior to the arrival in the UAE:

Australia, Austria, Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of America, United Kingdom and the Vatican.


GCC Residents

Residents of the Gulf Cooperation Council should first check with the UAE Consulate or Embassy in their country of residence before travelling.


Countries not listed above

Further information on visa regulations is also available here. It is always advisable to check regulations with the respective embassy before travelling!


Travellers who require a visa and have a confirmed reservation at the Al Khoory Executive Hotel

Charges and processing time:

  • The charge per visa is AED 600 per person.

Required documents:

  • Colour scanned passport copy.
  • Recent photo colored
  • Copy of flight ticket
  • Visa application fee (bank transfer preferred)

Please note the following:

  • Visa applications will only be made on behalf of those guests who have a guaranteed reservation at a Al Khoory Executive Hotel in Dubai
  • The issue of visas is subject to the sole approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai and cannot be guaranteed by Al Khoory Executive Hotel
  • Proof of health insurance is necessary to enter the country as per immigration law
  • The visa fee is subject to revision by the Government, and once an application has been submitted is non-refundable under any circumstances
  • Granting a visa does not guarantee entry. As with Immigration authorities in other countries, entry is at the ultimate discretion of the Dubai Immigration authorities on arrival
  • A visa for Nigerian Citizens costs AED 1200 and required to place a deposit of AED 1500. The deposit will be refunded after leaving the UAE.

If you require a visa and you are staying at the Al Khoory Executive Hotel please contact Hannah Brust.


Travellers who require a visa and have a confirmed reservation at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel

Charges and processing time:

  • The charge per visa is AED 600 per person.

Required documents:

  • Colour scanned passport copy.
  • Recent photo colored
  • Copy of flight ticket
  • Visa application fee (bank transfer preferred)

Please note the following:

  • Visa applications will only be made on behalf of those guests who have a guaranteed reservation at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in Dubai
  • The issue of visas is subject to the sole approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai and cannot be guaranteed by Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
  • Proof of health insurance is necessary to enter the country as per immigration law
  • The visa fee is subject to revision by the Government, and once an application has been submitted is non-refundable under any circumstances
  • Granting a visa does not guarantee entry. As with Immigration authorities in other countries, entry is at the ultimate discretion of the Dubai Immigration authorities on arrival
  • A visa for Nigerian Citizens costs AED 1200 and required to place a deposit of AED 1500. The deposit will be refunded after leaving the UAE.

If you require a visa and you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel please contact Hannah Brust.


Travellers who require a visa and have a confirmed reservation at the Capitol Hotel

Charges and processing time:

  • Tourist visa is chargeable at AED 575 per applicant while a service visa is chargeable at AED 725 for Nigerian and Cameroonian nationalities as well as other African countries per applicant
  • A refundable deposit of AED 1000 will be blocked to the given credit card
  • If the original visa is required an additional AED 150 will be charged to the given credit card

Required documents:

  • Fully completed and duly signed clear copy of the visa application form
  • Scanned clear coloured copies of all relevant pages of the passport certifying the details provided in the Visa Application Form. The passport expiry date should have at least six (6) months validity at the time of visa request
  • Scanned clear coloured photograph of the visa applicant (passport size)
  • Clear copy of the Credit Card (front and back) with specimen signature
  • A refundable deposit of AED 1000 will be blocked to the given credit card. In order to claim this deposit after your stay, kindly send a clear copy of the exit stamp (stamped on the passport by the Dubai Immigration at the Departure Terminal) as required by the Immigration Department to claim the deposit
  • Visa invitation letter issued by ICEF
  • Guests must secure guaranteed booking from Capitol Hotel for the entire duration of stay in UAE

Please note the following:

  • Visa applications will only be made on behalf of those guests who have a guaranteed reservation at Capitol Hotel in Dubai
  • Tourist visa / service visa fee will be charged to the given credit card at the time of the visa application
  • Visa Fee is non refundable either in case of no show, cancellation of reservation or if the application is rejected by the Immigration Authorities
  • The issue of visas is subject to the sole approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai and cannot be guaranteed by Capitol Hotel
  • Tourist visa / service visa fee will be charged to the given credit card at the time of the visa application
  • Visa Fee is non refundable either in case of no show, cancellation of reservation or if the application is rejected by the Immigration Authorities
  • Proof of health insurance is necessary to enter the country as per immigration law
  • Granting a visa does not guarantee entry. As with Immigration authorities in other countries, entry is at the ultimate discretion of the Dubai Immigration authorities on arrival

Travellers who require a visa and have a confirmed reservation at the Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road

Charges and processing time:

  • After receiving the required documents and visa fees, it will take five working days (minimum) to process the visa excluding Fridays, Saturdays and any declared public holidays
  • Credit Card Pre-Authorization for AED 350 as a visa application charge (non-refundable) and AED 5000 as a security deposit (refundable) per visa application

Required documents:

  • Valid confirmed booking with Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai
  • Visa Application Form filled out in detail for each visa applicant to be sent to reservations.szrdubai@fourpoints.com
  • Prepayment of 350 AED non refundable visa fee and AED 5000 per visa as a guarantee in case of overstay via payment gateway link. AED 5000 will be charged to the given credit card in case of overstay in the country and will be refunded once the exit stamp has been received by the hotel
  • Scanned, clear and valid copy of each passport (minimum validity of 6 months prior to arrival)
  • Coloured clear digital scanned passport size photograph of each visa applicant (max. size 40KB, 4,3cm x 5,5cm in JPG format)
  • Copy of return ticket
  • Copy of birth certificate in English (applicable for visa applicant 18 years and below).

Please note the following:

  • The visa is valid for a guest stay up to a maximum of 14 days. The UAE authorities will impose penalty charges AED 200 per day for every day of overstay
  • The Four Points by Sheraton Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai hotel reserves the right to refuse any application
  • The issue of visas is subject to the sole approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai and cannot be guaranteed by the Four Points
  • Visa charges, once applied are not refundable

Travellers who require a visa and have a confirmed reservation at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Charges and processing time:

  • Please allow a minimum of 5 – 7 days for applications for normal entry visas (excluding fridays and saturdays)
  • A tourist visa costs AED 300 and is valid during the guest´s stay at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Required documents:

  • Completed and signed entry visa application form for each guest.
  • Signed Terms and Conditions (only last page required)
  • Individual, clear and valid colour copy of each passport (minimum validity of 6 months prior to arrival)
  • Colour passport sized photograph of each applicant in .gif or .jpf format and a maximum size of 40 kb
  • A clear photocopy of the credit card – both sides including cardholder signature
  • Parent information page of the passport (for Indian passport holders only)
  • Upon submission of application, a payment link would be sent to your email, please note that payment is required in advance.

Please note the following:

  • Visa applications will only be made on behalf of those guests who have a guaranteed reservation at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai
  • The issue of visas is subject to the sole approval of the Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai and cannot be guaranteed by Jumeirah
  • Proof of health insurance is necessary to enter the country as per immigration law
  • The visa fee is subject to revision by the government, and once an application has been submitted, is non-refundable under any circumstances
  • The visa is valid for a guest stay up to a maximum of 30 days
  • Granting a visa does not guarantee entry. As with immigration authorities in other countries, entry is at the ultimate discretion of the Dubai Immigration authorities on arrival

Security Deposit

  • A security deposit of AED 5.000 will be required for citizens of the following nationalities: all former CIS countries, Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Morocco
  • A security deposit of AED 5.000 will be required for female guests under the age of 25 who are unaccompanied by a relative

All completed forms with the above requirements should be sent to Ms. Dona Manimtim .


Travellers who require a visa and have booked a flight with the following airlines:

If you book your flight with Emirates Airlines or Etihad Airways you can obtain your visa through the airline. For further information please visit:
Emirates Airlines
Etihad Airways


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