ICEF Dubai: Record participant numbers drives successful event

The ICEF Dubai Workshop grew substantially this year, hosting 431 participants (+23%) from 48 countries around the world. Impressive growth was seen in all key participant groups: service providers 45%, educators 30% and agents 14%.

During the event, 201 educators from 140 institutions engaged in over 4 200 targeted meetings with 191 carefully vetted agents from Turkey and 28 other countries in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. With Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, Nigeria and Pakistan making up the top five agent countries, ICEF Dubai proved itself once again as the ideal platform for education networking in the region.

Return participants also had plenty of opportunity to expand their agent networks. In total 26% of all agents were new to ICEF Dubai. David Arrowsmith of Inlingua Cheltenham (UK) said “I have attended ICEF Dubai five times in the past, and this year was one of the most productive events we have ever been to. The quality of the agents selected was good and I am usually able to convert more agents into partners through this event than any other.”

Agent, Mohamed Salama Ibrahim from GCUE in Kuwait stated “This was my first time at an ICEF Event. I found ICEF Dubai to be a great opportunity to meet educators from different countries and to get all the information I need for my students”.

During the workshop, Abdul Sattar of Study Overseas Network (Pakistan), qualified as ICEF Trained Agent Counsellor (ITAC). Increasingly recognised as one of the industry’s most important qualifications, there are now 754 qualified agents in 97 countries. Abdul’s full contact details and those of all ITACs can be found at:

This year, the seminar programme covered a wide range of interesting topics including a presentation on Study in Canada by the Canadian Consulate and a number of market focussed seminars such as Nigeria and Saudi Arabia (sender countries) and Malaysia and Germany (destinations). These seminars gave participants the opportunity to learn more about the region, understand current trends and explore new destinations.

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