June 6-14, 2015
Application Deadline I April 15, 2015/Deadline II May 1, 2015
Limited spaces available/Rolling acceptance
The GCC Exchange is targeted towards students and professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the political, economic and social dimensions of the Middle East, and the Gulf in particular.
The 8-day program involves a high-level itinerary in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, consisting of meetings with leading companies, government officials, and civil society representatives. Participants will have closed-door sessions with some of the more high-profile figures in the Gulf, including CEOs, ministers, social leaders, journalists, and others. The integrated itinerary will also include a social and cultural immersion program, with a range of unique experiences organized just for participants of the GCC Exchange
Speakers at previous GCC Exchanges (organized previously with Project Encounter) have included:
HRH, Dubai's Ruler and UAE's PM, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Emirates Airlines Representative Boutrus Boutrus
Social Worker Widad Lootah
Emaar Chairman Mohammed Al-Abbar
Dubai Ports World Chairman Sultan bin Sulayyem
Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Chairman Ahmed bin Sulayyem
Atlantis Hotel Vice Preseident Yahya Idriss
Al Arabiya News Channel Head of News Nakhle El Hajj
Etisalat Spokesperson Ahmed bin Ali
Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai Police Deputy Chief Commander General Khamis Al-Muzeinah
Dr Abdul Khaliq Abdallah
Sultan Saood Al-Qassimi
* Total Program Costs - $1800; This includes hotel accommodation (8 nights stay at a four star hotel, shared double room with breakfast), one roundtrip flight to Qatar, as well as all transportation costs associated with the program.
* Airfare - $500, approximate from the European Union.