Middle East Institute

Middle East Institute

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Receptions

Unique Venue Feature

The MEI Art Gallery is a unique platform in the nation’s capital dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary and modern art, photography, and video from the region. Located in the Dupont Circle area, close to museums, galleries and think tanks, the MEI Art Gallery promotes the work of the most exciting artists emerging from the Middle East and its diaspora in Washington and beyond. In line with MEI’s overall mission ‘to increase knowledge of the Middle East among citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas.

The Oman Library seeks to support MEI's Mission to "increase knowledge of the Middle East among citizens of the United States and to promote better understanding between the people of these two areas," by facilitating research and information sharing on all aspects of the broader Middle East region. The Library houses over 20,000 books and periodicals devoted to the Middle East. Readers will find materials in English as well as regional languages such as Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish and Persian. Represented topics include culture, history, languages, literature, and politics of the Middle East, Islamic lands, and relevant regions. Those who would like to see what the Oman Library can offer digitally, may view the Resource Guides and the Online Catalog. The library has a rich collection thanks to the generosity of its donors; click here to make a monetary donation or contact the librarian about donating books.


Since its establishment in 1947, the Middle East Institute (MEI) has been dedicated to improving understanding of the Middle East and promoting its culture. Situated in the heart of historic Dupont Circle, MEI is an easily accessible and unique event space with beautiful headquarters renovated in 2019. Our large conference room is equipped with a state of the art AV system and is perfect for your next corporate meeting, cocktail party, or reception. Located adjacent to the conference room is an enclosed courtyard that can be utilized for your event or simply be a place to get fresh air and relax. Your guests can also enjoy our rotating curated exhibits in the main lobby featuring artists from across the Middle East and diaspora.

Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 175 guests

Featured Amenities

  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Near Public Transit
  • Outdoor Space
  • Taxi
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


1763 N Street NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20036


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - 15 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Dulles International Airport - 30 minutes

Nearby Cities

Located in Washington D.C. 40 miles south of Baltimore, MD. 8 miles north of Alexandria, VA

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Can Bring in Own Food: yes
  • Cultural Catering Available: Yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


Use of any MEI A/V Equipment will incur an additional charge of $150 per hour. Available equipment includes microphones and a large T.V. screen for the presentations and a projector. Tenant must bring a laptop with USB and/or HDMI outputs for PowerPoint or other multimedia presentations. Tenants may use their audio-visual equipment, which shall be at Tenant’s sole expense.

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: Yes
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen
    • Microphones
    • Sound System

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Smoking Permitted: no
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • ADA Accessible: No
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Pet Friendly: No