How to reach the venue and the official hotels
The UFI MEA Cenference is located at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The closest airport is the Dubai International Airport (DXB) which is located approximately 10 minutes away by car/taxi from DWTC. The venue can also be reached by Dubai Metro "Red line" from the arrivals terminal at World Trade Centre station (approximate 25 minutes).
REGISTRATION DESK AND CONFERENCE ROOM:
"Dubai C+D" will be our main conference room for the event. Our registration desk will be located at "Dubai C+D" foyer area.
The official hotels for the UFI MEA Conference are the Fairmont Dubai and the Conrad Dubai hotels. Both hotels are located next to each other on Sheikh Zayed Road near Dubai World Trade Centre roundabout. They can also be reached from the Dubai International Airport (DBX) by car/taxi in 10 minutes and by using the Dubai Metro "Red line".
The Fairmont Dubai hotel is directly connected to the metro system and is linked to the convention and exhibition areas of the Dubai World Trade Centre by a covered, air-conditioned bridge.
Language - Dress Code - Social Events
The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but English is widely spoken, due to the high number of expats living in the city. The UFI MEA Conference will be in English.
UFI Running Club: Meeting point at 7:00am - Plaza area at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Gala Dinner: more information will come soon.
Relevant information about Dubai
Police 999; Ambulance 998; Fire brigade 997. When you are in doubt the standard emergency number is 999 or 901.
In Dubai stores have long opening time as people prefer to shop in the evening. Usually shops are opened around 9 or 10 am and closed around 9 or 10 pm. Outside of Dubai it’s common to close shops for a break between 1 pm and 4 pm as that is usually the warmest part of the day. Popular grocery shops are often opened 24/7. Shops are closed on Friday morning for the Friday prayer. The Islamic weekend starts on Friday and Saturday and most shops stay opened during the whole weekend.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE:
Dubai is a warm country with a tropical desert climate. The temperatures in April are at a comfortable 25 degrees (77ºF) on average.
PAYING IN AND THE CURRENCY OF DUBAI:
The Dirham is the official currency of Dubai. In shops the Dirham is often referred to as AED, Dhs and Dh. One Dirham consists of 100 Fils.
You can exchange money at banks, airports, hotels and exchange offices in the city. Credit cards are accepted throughout Dubai (Mastercard and Visa card).
CULTURES AND VALUES:
Taking photos of random people and buildings of strategic importance is badly viewed in Dubai.
Drinking alcohol should't be done in a public, but only in private places like a hotel.
Travelling with restricted medicines (for example painkillers) should be checked upon in the drug laws of UAE, as it is very strict. Might be required a permission to import medicines for personal use.
PHOTOS - FOOTAGE:
The pictures and footage taken by UFI staff or photographer at this event may be used, without further notification, at a later date within UFI printed and online marketing material. Registration at this event implies that you agree, unless UFI receives written notification from you stating to the contrary.