Dubai has a wide range of hotels and places to stay ranging from the Dubai Youth Hostel to the self-rated 7 star Burj Al Arab (see the list of Dubai budget hotels for less expensive options), and in 2010, the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa tower.
Most hotels in Dubai and UAE quote a price per room (not per person) per night and often include breakfast.
There is an additional 10% service charge and another 10% Dubai Municipality tax added to Dubai hotel bills.
Check in time is around 2pm and checkout at noon but late checkouts are normally available.
Prices range from 100-150 dhs per night for bargain basement hotels (not easy to find many this cheap) to several thousand dhs for the most luxurious rooms.
For overseas travellers, the best deals are usually found by booking a flight to Dubai with an accommodation package included.
Most 4 and 5 star hotels (and some of the 3 star hotels) can arrange a Dubai tourist visa for their guests (for a fee). They will also do airport pick-ups and drop-offs.
For Information for booking accommodation for the conference, visit accommodation page
Dubai International Airport (or just Dubai Airport, DXB) is in the Garhood / Garhoud area of Dubai. A second international airport called Dubai World Central Airport is already operational and used by a few international airlines.
Dubai International Airport was voted Best in the Middle East and Africa for 2005 by Business Traveller Magazine Germany.
Alcohol is freely available in hotels, clubs, restaurants and bars. However, many restaurants outside hotels are not permitted to serve alcoholic beverages.
Many international banks are represented by branches in Dubai. Bank hours vary but in general are 0800 – 1400, Sunday to Thursday and 0800 – 1200, Saturday.
Bargaining is expected in the souq and is quite usual elsewhere. Vendors will usually drop the price and often quite substantially, particularly for a cash sale.
Business: 0800-1300 and 1600-1930, Sunday to Thursday.
Most of the multinational companies work from 0900-1800 with a one hour lunch break.
Government offices: 0730-1430, Sunday to Thursday.
Exchange houses: 1000-2200.
Shopping malls: 1000-2200, Sunday to Wednesday and 1000-0000, Thursday and Friday.
Cancellations of registration will only be accepted in writing sent to the PCO by email or fax. The notification must include all relevant information regarding the bank account to which a possible refund may be remitted. In case of cancellation before 15 November 2016 registration fees will be refunded minus a handling fee of US$ 75. After this date there will be no refund.
If you’re travelling by car, The World Trade Center have direct access from the city’s main highway and commercial skyscraper corridor, Sheikh Zayed Road – giving you a direct gateway to all areas of Dubai and the wider UAE. Within the DWTC complex, take advantage of our extensive multi-storey parking facilities for around 5,000 cars.
The venue is also on the main public transport bus and metro route, with its own dedicated metro station. Whichever way you choose to reach them, it could not be simpler.
They work closely with the authorities to manage major event traffic by road and metro and ensure seamless access for visitors with minimum interruption to traffic flow. They also provide dedicated VIP and valet parking at their main entrance gates.
At the end of your business day, Dubai’s many attractions make it a prime leisure destination. These give you not only to attend the event – but to stay in town for longer, and visit other attractions in Dubai, connect and network.
Rental cars can be booked online prior to arrival in the country, and can be picked up from the airport location of the rent-a-car company. This can save you the hassle of finding a taxi to and from your hotel and also makes it convenient to drop off your car and head straight into the airport when you are finished with your business. As in any country, make sure that you have all your documents and that the car has been checked thoroughly before you drive off with it.
The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May to September is summer, when temperatures range between 40C and 48C. However, during the winter months, between November and March, temperatures range from 10C to 30C. Rainfall is predominantly in winter and amounts to some 13cm annually.
Summer clothing may be worn for most of the year but the temperature can drop during the winter. At the pool or on the private beaches, swimwear is quite acceptable, but when in the city and public areas, care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing that may be considered revealing.
The Congress program will be CME accredited by the UAE Ministry of Health. CME units will be awarded based on the number of session hours a delegate accumulate over the three-day program. Certificates of attendance will be sent by e-mail after the conference to the email address provided during registration.
American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard, etc. are generally accepted in the main hotels and shops
Professional Congress Organizer (PCO)
Please do not hesitate to contact the PCO if you require any additional information or assistance.
The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is a business complex in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, built by Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is located along Sheikh Zayed Road at the Trade Centre Roundabout. The complex comprises the original tower (built in 1978), eight exhibition halls, the Dubai International Convention Centre and residential apartments.
The monetary unit is the Dirham (AED), which is divided into 100 fils.
It is fixed to the US dollar at a current rate of US$1 = Dhs3.675
Compared to other Arab cities, this city has a calm and relaxed dress code. In summer, lightweight clothing is always advisable. Even though this city is famous as a summer destination, it is necessary to carry warm clothes in winter as temperatures are quite low in the evenings. Improper dressing should be avoided in public areas but swimsuits or short clothes are allowed on the beaches
Cars are driven on the right hand side of the road. Seat belts must be worn in the front and it is recommended that passengers buckle up in the back as well. Speed limits vary from around 70 kmph in built up areas to 120 kmph on the highways. There are plenty of speed cameras and zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
Visitors on a visit visa can obtain a temporary driving license provided they have a valid license from a recognized country: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and USA.
The commercial exhibition will be located at Sheikh Maktoum Hall in Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DICEC), The exhibition area will also house catering areas and the poster exhibition from 15th December 2016 through 17th December 2016.
The opening hours of commercial exhibition are as follows:
|Thursday 15th December 2016||9:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.|
|Friday 16th December 2016||9:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.|
|Satruday 17th December 2016||9:30 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.|
The official language of the Congress is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be offered. The official language in Dubai is Arabic but English is widely spoken and understood throughout the country.
Delegates requiring a formal letter of invitation to enable them to make their arrangements to participate in the congress may request a letter via the PCO. Please note that this letter cannot be regarded as a commitment regarding scheduling or financial support from the organizers. All expenses incurred in relation to the congress are the sole responsibility of the delegates.
The PCO Meeting Minds – Experts acts solely as an agent and is not liable for any losses, accidents, injuries to persons or damage to property of any kind. This does not affect the liability of persons or companies charged with providing the relevant service. Oral arrangements require a written confirmation. The sole court of jurisdiction is UAE.
Delegates accept the above mentioned conditions by registering for the congress.
Gulf Standard Time: + 4 hours GMT
Medical services in Dubai are of international standards.
Normal tourist photography is acceptable but like anywhere in the world, it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people, especially local women.
Islamic holidays are based on the Hijri calendar which is controlled by the sighting of the moon. As a result the dates of holidays are often confirmed less than 24 hours in advance. Some of these are Eid Al Fitr (three days), Eid Al Adha (four days), Al Hejra (one day), Mawlid Al Nabi (one day) and Al Isra Wal Miraj (one day).
Fixed dates on the calendar are New Year’s Day (Jan 1) and UAE National Day (Dec 2).
All members and all speakers of oral, video and poster presentations are requested to register prior to the conference. Registration can be made solely online through the web site registration page. Please note the registration and payment terms.
Registration fee includes entrance to all EUSC 2016 Scientific Sessions, the Exhibition and Receptions, unless otherwise specified. It also includes the Congress Proceedings.
Conference delegates are entitled to the following:
- Official conference documentation, including advance program and proceedings
- Opening ceremony and Welcome reception
- Coffee breaks during/within official conference program/venue
- Delegate bag
Please note conference registration fees do not include accommodation, visa and optional tours
1) Registration requests will be processed on “first-come, first-served” basis.
2) Registration Forms received without payment will not be processed.
3) Cash payments will not be accepted.
4) Each delegate should complete a separate registration form.
5) Group registration form may be requested from the PCO by email.
6) Please carry along a print out of your registration confirmation for badge collection.
7) Conference proceedings are subject to change without prior notice.
8) Enquiries, changes and cancellations should be made in writing to the PCO at email@example.com
Residents/Students: A valid certificate (official certificate of the head of department including the date of birth/ student ID valid for March and April 2016) will have been submitted at the time of badge collection.
Registration of Groups
Registrations of groups can be made by requesting a group registration form from the PCO. For any assistance, please contact the PCO via firstname.lastname@example.org
Dubai is considered a very safe city and crime rate is very low. Even though crime rate is near to zero, city police still maintain tight control over security and safety issues. Therefore, it has become one of the lowest crime rate cities in the world.
Smoking is not allowed in government facilities, offices, malls and shops. Smoking outside designated areas is subject to fine.
All taxis are metered. Taxis can be ordered or flagged down outside the hotels and in town. It is good to know a landmark close to your destination in order to direct the driver.
Tipping practices are similar to most other parts of the world. Most restaurants include a 10% service charge, but tipping in general is at the customer’s discretion.
To travel around the city, there are four major means of transportation available; taxi, bus, tour, and rental cars or private cars. There is a good network of roads in the city and hardly any major traffic jams issues even in peak time. Modern bus transportation is available at all major places 24 hours. Another more economical option is to explore the city will be by taxi or car rental, which are conveniently located all around the city.
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On man-made islands just offshore is Atlantis, the Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Visa requirements for entering Dubai vary greatly between different nationalities and it is always advised to check regulations before traveling. National citizens of GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia) do not require a visa to visit the UAE. Visas will also be issued to escorts/domestic helpers of GCC nationals for a renewable duration of 60 days. Original passport of the sponsored person and a valid residency visa is required for entry into the UAE.
GCC Residents who are not GCC nationals but hold high professional status such as company managers, doctors, engineers or employees working in the public sector and their families are eligible for a non-renewable 30-day visa upon arrival at all UAE airports or other points of entry. Original passport of the sponsored person, valid residency visa and proof of employment in the country of residence is required for visa.
For all other nationalities, a visa must be applied for before the visitor enters the country either through their respective embassy, a local UAE sponsor or a local hotel.
Types of Visas
The Dubai Naturalization & Residency Department (DNRD) issues different types to visas.
Tourists who wish to stay in UAE for more than 14 days or those coming on family or business visits can apply for Visit Visas. These are valid for either 30 days (short term visit visa) or 90 days (long term visit visa). Both visas are non-renewable. Apart from the visa fees, a deposit is to be paid by the local sponsor/relative/resident which is reimbursed after the visit visa holder has left the country.
90-Day Long-Term Visit Visa for individuals is valid for 60 days from the issue date and non-renewable. Valid for 90 days from the arrival date and non-renewable
30-Day Short-Term Visit Visa for individuals is valid for 60 days from the issue date and non-renewable. Valid for 30 days from the arrival date and non-renewable
Documents required (Individuals):
- Clear passport copy of the sponsor
- Clear passport copy of the sponsored person
- A copy of the salary certificate or employment contract of the sponsor (resident) must be attached
- Proof of family relationship (kinship)
- Travel insurance
Documents required (Companies):
- Clear passport copy of the sponsor
- Copy of the establishment card
- Travel insurance
The tourist visa is a special category under the visit visa type and entitles the holder to a 30-day stay and in non-renewable. If visa holder of the tourist visa stays for more than 30 days, that person has to pay a fine per day plus some charges for an out pass.
Sponsorship of hotels and tour operators who bring in visitors is required for tourist visa. Individual tourists from Turkey, Ukraine, Albania, Russia, St Kitts-Navis, St Lucia, Mexico, Cuba, Bermuda, Belize, Guyana, French Guiana, Martinique, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent, Jamaica, Palao, other non-defined American nationalities, Thailand, South Africa, Singapore, China can apply for this type of visa. Clear passport copy of the sponsor and travel insurance is required for visa
Multiple Entry Visa
Multiple-entry Visas are issued to cruise ship passengers since their schedule entitles them to enter the country more than once in a single trip. Such visas are also issued to business visitors who are frequent visitors to the UAE due to their ties with a multinational company or a reputable local company. Multiple-entry Visas are valid for six months from the date of issue and the duration of each stay is 30 days. The visa is non-renewable. The individual must enter UAE on a Visit Visa and then obtain a Multiple-entry Visa.
German citizens may apply to the UAE embassy in Germany for a one- or two-year multiple-entry visa. The maximum duration of each stay should not exceed three months per year.
US citizens may apply to the UAE embassy in United States for a one to ten-year multiple-entry visa. The maximum duration of each stay should not exceed six months per year.
Transit passengers stopping at Dubai International Airport for a minimum of 8 hours are eligible for a 96 hour transit visa. A valid onward ticket is required. Passport and other travel documents should be valid for at least three months. Citizens of the following countries are not eligible for the 96-hour visa on arrival: Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger, and Yemen.
Please note: The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. Please contact your nearest embassy for accurate, up-to-date information.
For more information please visit: Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai