December 30, 2017 - January 13, 2018

This program, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and lead-managed by the CIBER universities of South Carolina, BYU and The George Washington University, focuses on providing participating faculty a unique international study tour opportunity, which will ultimately assist the United States in its international competitiveness via pedagogy, research and business outreach.

The objective of the FDIB-MENA program is to raise fac­ulty awareness of the economic, political and cultural environments that exist in the Middle East and Africa today, and, ultimately, to leverage that first-hand awareness into competence and expertise in classrooms and on research campuses throughout the United States.  The Middle East and Africa have some interesting things happening beyond oil both in business and in education.  This is an opportunity to see and learn what some of those things are.




·         Pyramids of Giza

·         Suez Canal

·         Cairo Smart Village - tech and business park concept

·         ORASCOM – Egypt’s first multinational corporation

·         American University of Cairo - meet faculty, learn about their efforts in 10,000 women initia­tive

·         Emirates Airlines Human Resources and Corpo­rate Visit

·         Burj Khalifa

·         Nakheel Properties (developers of Palm Ju­meirah and The World)

·         Ibn Tulun Mosque

·         Cairo Museum

·         Logistics Hub

·         Other visits may include topics that “go beyond oil,” such as SME development, tourism, Islamic banking, and entrepreneurship


*Please note that the program is subject to change; participants will receive a final program schedule NLT Dec 15, 2017.



Event Locations / Activity

Dec 30: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

Dec 31-Jan 4: Cairo business, academic, & cultural visits

Jan 4: Fly to Muscat, Oman

Jan 5-8: Oman business & cultural visits

Jan 8:  Fly to Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Jan 9-11: Dubai business and cultural visits

Jan 13: Depart for U.S.



Program Fees

Faculty or Professional: $4,500

Adult Guest of Participant: $3,750

Graduate Student: $3,500


The fee covers double-room occupancy lodging (a single room supplement of $1,000 is also available), air trans­portation from Cairo to Muscat, and Muscat to Dubai, all in-country ground transportation, many program meals (although not all meals) and entry fees to all program events and excursions.


(Note: Roundtrip airfare from the U.S. to Cairo and from Dubai back to the U.S. is not included in the program fee.)


To Register Visit:  https://tinyurl.com/MENA-FDIB-2018


For more information please email:

Jonathon Wood

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Alexis Gaul

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