Bluenotes MENA 2022

من الرؤية الى العمل: قيادة الطالب نحو النجاح

Insight to Action: Driving Student Success

pin-marker Raffles Dubai | Dubai, UAE calendar October 25-26, 2022

Explorance, in collaboration with Zayed University, is hosting the annual Bluenotes MENA conference in Dubai. Join your like-minded higher-education leaders from Quality Assurance, Institutional Research and Information Technology to connect, share, and learn from each other’s best practices.

This year’s Bluenotes MENA 2022 conference will introduce regional benchmarking.

Early-bird Discounts End on October 1, 2022

Registration Closed

In collaboration with Zayed University, hosted by Explorance


The Bluenotes MENA Conference remains the place to meet, share, discuss, and learn about innovative solutions that Quality Assurance and Institutional Research leaders in Higher Education are implementing to improve teaching effectiveness and enhance the student learning experience. We hear increasingly from higher education leaders that the past two years have been an inflection point where much-debated transformations of higher education have accelerated. They also expressed that higher Education as we knew it will not return, and no institution can successfully navigate the transformation from vision to sustainability without placing student’ success and experiences at the center.

This has increased the focus on trying, evaluating, and improving various instructional approaches such as hybrid delivery with the underlying common questions such as “Is it working?”, “What are student, faculty, and staff experiences with them?” and “How can we compare these and see trends over time?” It is also increasingly of high priority to be able to synthesize information from multiple sources and to report on findings in ways that stakeholders will find understandable and meaningful. Bluenotes community academic institutions are automating feedback collection and analysis with Blue, an experience measurement platform.

In the last Bluenotes conference, the Bluenotes community in the MENA region proposed working on benchmarking exercise. This initiative will become a reality, thanks to the efforts of Zayed University, Ajman University, UAE University, American University of Sharjah and American University in the Emirates. IR leaders from these institutions have been working since early 2022 on defining the benchmarking indicators for the MENA region. During this conference, they will share the details of this initiative and the opportunity on how to participate in the benchmarking activity in 2023.

Bluenotes MENA 2022 provides an excellent opportunity to:

  • Share experiences, best practices, and insights to learn from each other
  • Connect to participate in the regional benchmarking initiative
  • Network with your peers throughout the conference, formally and informally
  • Speak directly with Explorance staff
  • Learn about upcoming software features and product roadmaps
  • Expand your network and continue professional development, attending social events and dinners exclusive to the Bluenotes community
  • And more!

Key Dates 

Countdown to Bluenotes MENA 2022
August 29, 2022:  NOW OPEN Early Bird Registration Opens
October 1, 2022:  LAST DAY Early Bird Registration Ends at 5pm, Dubai Time
October 7, 2022:  LAST DAY Raffles Hotel Group Discount Ends at 23:59pm, Dubai Time
October 21, 2022:  LAST DAY Conference Registration Closes and Payment Due at 5pm, Dubai Time
October 25-26, 2022:  CONFERENCE Bluenotes MENA 2022 Conference


Social Networking Dinner: Tuesday, October 25 | Location TBD

  • An exclusive event for Bluenotes MENA2022 attendees to further connecting, sharing, and learning together over dinner

Anyone arriving to Dubai on Monday, October 24 is welcome to join the Explorance team for a cocktail reception at 7pm. This is an informal gathering (Location: TBD)


A value of up to $10,000 USD in door prizes will be randomly drawn at the Bluenotes MENA 2022 Conference. All attendees will be automatically entered to win one of three door prizes for:

  • An all-inclusive trip to the Bluenotes GLOBAL 2023 Conference, including airfare, lodging, and conference registration


Early Bird: ends October 1, 2022

  • Single Attendee Registration: $299 USD per person (40% discount)
  • Group of 4 (buy three and get a fourth registration free): $897  for 4 people (55% discount)

Regular: closes October 21, 2022

  • Single Attendee Registration: $499 USD per person
  • Group of 4 (buy three and get a fourth registration free): $1,497 USD for 4 people (25% discount)

Conference Registration Fee includes: Bluenotes MENA 2022 conference attendance including lunch, and refreshments daily during breaks, opening cocktail, and social networking dinner.


The Raffles Dubai hotel is where the conference is being held.

  • Group discount rates available at Raffles Dubai for Bluenotes MENA 2022 attendees
    • Raffles Signature Room for AED 735 (single occupancy) or AED 816.50 (double occupancy) per night, subject to taxes; a Buffet breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi included; free parking available
    • Discounted group rates expire on prior to October 7, 2022: Use this booking form to book
  • Between the Hotel and the Dubai International Airport (DXB): 4 km
    • The quickest way to get from DXB to Raffles Dubai: By taxi which costs AED 85 – AED 110 and takes 6-10 mins depending on traffic
  • Hotel Address: Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

About Zayed University:

Zayed University, the UAE’s flagship higher education institution, was established in 1998 and proudly bears the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. In the spirit of Sheikh Zayed, the University is a pioneer and innovator in the field of education and research. The University currently has more than 10,500 Emirati and international students across its full range of undergraduate and postgraduate offerings.

Led by Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth and Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, the University proudly serves the needs of the nation and contributes to the UAE’s economic, social and cultural progress, at its state-of-the-art campuses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It embraces innovation and its virtual learning programs use best-in-class technology.

Through research, scholarship, creative activities, and outreach, Zayed University provides educational leadership, expands opportunities, and enriches the knowledge of local, regional, and global communities.

The University is proud of its role in encouraging academic excellence, promoting leadership skills, and advancing knowledge. The University strives to encourage the potential and inspire the promise of all its students, whilst also accelerating change in the UAE and contributing to the nation’s ambitious plan for the next 50 years.

Visit for more information.


October 25-26

  • Tuesday, October 25
    • 9am – 5pm
  • Wednesday, October 26
    • 9am – 5pm


Raffles Dubai

Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi

PO Box 121800

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hotel Safety Protocol

Conference Registration Rates

EARLY BIRD (ends October 1)

  • Single Registration: $299 USD per person
  • Group Registration (Buy 3 Get 1 Free): $897 USD per group of 4

REGULAR: (ends October 21)

  • Single Registration: $499 USD per person
  • Group Registration (Buy 3 Get 1 Free): $1,497 USD per group of 4

Conference Registration Fee Includes: Bluenotes MENA 2022 conference attendance including lunch, refreshments daily, an opening cocktail, and social networking dinner.

  • Travel and lodging costs are not included in the conference registration fee

Networking Events

Tuesday, October 25

  • Exclusive Social Networking Dinner at TBD

For those arriving on Monday, you are welcome to join the Explorance team for a cocktail reception  at 7pm

Conference Theme

من الرؤية الى العمل: قيادة الطالب نحو النجاح | Insight to Action: Driving Student Success

Note: Register now and reserve your place. You can pay later, as the submission of your conference registration form and the payment of the conference registration fee are handled separately.

  • Once you submit your conference registration, your attendance and selected preferences will be reserved for you. A conference registration confirmation email will be sent to the email address indicated on your registration form with payment details.
  • Payments may be completed through credit card payment via this payment link or by contacting the Bluenotes MENA 2022 Organizing Team directly.
  • You may complete your payment at any time prior to 5pm, October 21, 2022, Dubai time. The early bird special rates will be honored to those who register before the early bird pricing ends on October 1, 5pm Dubai Time.

We strongly recommend registering your attendance as soon as possible to ensure your preferred choices are available and your place is saved.

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