Dubai Global Round

June 21-26 | Sheikh Rashid Auditorium, Oud Metha

Every year we invite qualifying teams from over 160 regional rounds to join us at one of our many Global Rounds, distributed around the world to allow easy access for our entire community. Some are large, some are not-so-small; they all have in common great diversity, breathtaking awkwardness, and a wry love of learning. There are also super large alpacas for everyone, because we know you’ll need pillows for the flight home.


The Global Round returns to Dubai for the first time since 2013, just ahead of the 2020 World Expo—meaning the country is ready to throw a party, and you’ll be the first guests. (Translation: you’ll find the hotels plentiful and affordable.) Most events will take place at the epic Sheikh Rashid Auditorium in Oud Metha, but you’ll also scavenge and socialize at a stranger-than-life amusement park and dine in a larger-than-life wedding tent. (Wedding not included.)

It’s June in the Gulf, so drink lots of water, but check your thermometer at the door; sometimes it’s better not to know. Plus, all of our venues are air-conditioned, even the park and the tent. (Sorry, Earth.)

If you find Team Debate or the Scholar’s Challenge stressful, just head to the Dubai Mall and stress out over the infinite number of stores instead. Then come back to the main venue to discover our community’s great diversity of potential gastronomical distress at the Cultural Fair (and its great-adjacent dancing at the wonky swanky Scholar’s Ball).

Top teams in Dubai, like those at all of our Global Rounds, will have the chance to qualify for our 2020 Tournament of Champions at Yale University.

Official Hotels

We recommend all participants to stay at one of the official hotels. Optional shuttle buses will ply only from official hotels and prior reservations are required. All rates mentioned below are for double rooms and include breakfast, VAT and city taxes. Rates for single rooms are lower. Additional hotels and booking links coming soon

Three Star Hotels
- Rove - Healthcare City | From AED 196 a night | Booking Link
- Ibis - Deira City Centre | From AED 208 a night
- Ibis - Rigga | From AED 208 a night

Four Star Hotels
- Holiday Inn - Festival City | From AED 322 a night
- Novotel - Deira City Centre | From AED 218 a night

Five Star Hotels
- Intercontinental - Festival City | From AED 534 a night
- Crowne Plaza - Festival City | From AED 459 a night
- Pullman - Deira City Centre | From AED 356 a night

Ground Transportation

Please note that seats on the optional shuttle bus from official hotels to and from the main venues of the event are available for advance booking with a fee of $90 per person; booking link coming soon. Transportation is provided at no charge from all hotels to the debate schools and from the Scholar's Social to all hotels. Last date for shuttle bus reservations is 10th June. Booking link coming soon.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are being offered by DNATA, our official ground partner. Booking link coming soon.

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions include a city tour of Dubai, visits to Ferrari World, Warner Brothers World and Yas Island Water Park in Abu Dhabi . Excursions will be offered for the senior division students on June 21 and June 25 and for junior division students on June 24 and June 26. Details and booking link coming soon.