Global Rounds

Every year, we invite qualifying teams from all of our regional rounds to their choice of up to six Global Rounds, distributed around the world to make them more accessible to scholars in more places. Some are extra large, some not quite small; all have in common great diversity, unabashed awkwardness, and the enduring sense of community at the heart of our program.


At every Global Round, teams will have the chance to earn invitations to our annual Tournament of Champions at Yale University, which is returning in 2022 after a two-year hiatus.

Dubai Winter Global Round

December 13-17, 2021

The Dubai Winter Globals (a.k.a. the Kind-of-2020 Globals) will be the first major gathering of our global community since the 2019 Tournament of Champions. We anticipate up to 1200 scholars from dozens of countries joining us in Dubai to compete and celebrate together. Scholars will also have an opportunity to visit the 2020 World Expo, featuring vibrant pavilions and exhibits from 192 countries, and a theme that couldn't be more appropriate for our program: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."

As part of our commitment to student safety, events will be modified where necessary in line with Covid-mitigation protocols—for instance, our Farewell Luncheon, Scholar's Ball and Cultural Fair will all take place outdoors. Proof of vaccination or negative PCR tests will be required of all attendees.

The registration form for the Winter Global Round and additional details can be found here.

Discounted Hotels

We encourage all participants to stay at one of our recommended hotels listed below. Special negotiated rates include WiFi, breakfast and all taxes.

Premier Inn, Dragon Mart | AED 300 for single rooms as well as double rooms | Booking Form | Rates valid till Nov 25th.
Premier Inn, Silicon Oasis | AED 310 for single rooms and AED 340 for double rooms | Booking Form | Rates valid till Nov 25th.
Radisson Red, Silicon Oasis | AED 415 for single rooms and AED 465 for double rooms | Booking link | Rates valid till Nov 25th. Please email Jude Fernandes at [email protected] in case of any difficulty with the booking link.

Ground Transportation

Seats on a shuttle bus from the official hotels to the venues will be available. There is no fee. However, advance reservation is required. Please click here to reserve seats.

Airport Transfers

Airport transfers can be reserved through our ground partners, Arabian Explorers. Rates are as below. Download booking form.

Arrival Transfers

VehicleRates in AED
Van (4 passengers with luggage)220
Van (15 seater)340
Mini-Bus (35 seater)720
Bus (49 seater)870


Departure Transfers
VehicleRates in AED
Van (4 passengers with luggage)220
Van (15 seater)300
Mini-Bus (35 seater)480
Bus (49 seater)630

Optional Excursions

Optional excursions will be offered on December 16th. These include a city tour of Dubai, a visit to the Expo, Desert Safari and more. Please click here for details of the tours and the rates. Download booking form.

Shanghai Not-Quite Global Round

July 16-20, 2021

We were honored to welcome nearly 1400 scholars from nearly 2 countries to the Not Quite Global Round in Shanghai. The concluding moments can be re-watched here.

2022 Global Round Locations Will Be Announced Soon