MRO Middle East Venue
All conference sessions and the exhibition will take place at:
DWTC Dubai World Trade Centre
Getting to the Dubai World Trade Centre:
The RTA run the taxi service in Dubai. You can normally get a taxi from your hotel or the airport or alternatively, taxis can also be flagged down on the road.
Dubai now has a Metro system that covers many key locations in Dubai, including the Dubai World Trade Centre. Review the Metro map of routes and stations here.
Dubai can either refer to one of the seven emirates that constitute United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the eastern Arabian Peninsula, or that emirate's main city, sometimes called "Dubai city" to distinguish it from the emirate. The modern emirate of Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. However, written accounts documenting the existence of the city have existed at least 150 years prior to the formation of the UAE. Dubai shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates within a federal framework, although each emirate has jurisdiction over some functions such as civic law enforcement and provision and upkeep of local facilities. Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. As of 2007, 800 new residents were setting up home in Dubai every day. With Abu Dhabi, it is one of only two emirates to possess veto power over critical matters of national importance in the UAE. Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. The city's current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.
Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute to less than 3% of Dubai's US$ 46 billion economy (2006). A majority of the emirate's revenues are from the Jebel Ali free zone (JAFZ) and, increasingly, from tourism and other service businesses. Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects and sports events. However, this increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has also highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.
Dubai is the fastest growing city and tourism destination in the World. In the past two decades Dubai has emerged as a regional business hub and trade destination with a massive geographical reach from West Africa across the entire Middle East and through to Central Asia. Dubai is the place to do business in the region. The city itself boasts population growth estimated at more than 30,000 new residents a month and this has contributed to hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in infrastructure and property development. The city is a fascinating place where the modern and traditional stand side by side. Dubai offers some of the worlds best shopping, golf courses, beaches, fantastic hotels and bustling souks all combining to make this one of the world's most exciting cities.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about Visa Regulations, Health Requirements and Customs Levies.
Nationals of the following countries will be issued, free of charge, with an entry visa valid for 60 days at the passport control:
- Citizens of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Saudi Arabia
- AGCC expatriate residents who meet certain conditions
- National citizens of the following countries:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom (except the British overseas citizens), United States, Vatican City
It should be noted that this list may vary slightly from time to time and it is therefore best to check with your local UAE embassy or the airline you are using to fly to the UAE.
Other nationalities are solely responsible for obtaining visas for themselves, their representatives and invitees. Visas can be arranged through the exhibitor's hotel, in Dubai provided sufficient time is given for the application to be processed.
The Organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.
The visit visa does not entitle the visitor to take up permanent work in the UAE.
At the time of going to press the United Arab Emirates do not grant visas to Israeli Nationals or to holders of passports containing a visa, valid or expired, for Israel. Exhibitors should check with their Travel Agent.
All Visitors and Exhibitors require a full passport for their visit.
No health certificates are required for entry to the Emirates, except for visitors who have been in cholera or yellow fever infected area. However, it is always wise to check health requirements before departure as restrictions may vary.
Personal effects entering Dubai are not liable to a customs levy. It is forbidden to import drugs and pornographic items.
The importation of alcohol into the United Arab Emirates is only permitted as part of the duty free allowance for personal consumption.
Four items of alcohol per person is the permitted allowance.
To make the most of your time in Dubai, it's worth knowing a little about the locality. This site gives you some useful information about the language, climate, local time and public holidays.
The official language of the country is Arabic, although English is the official business language. English is widely used and most road and shop signs, restaurant menus, etc are in both languages.
Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May - October are the warmest months with temperatures reaching the high 40's and high humidity, the rest of the year temperatures fall any where between the mid 20's - 30's.
Rainfall is infrequent falling mainly in the cooler months around November to March.
The UAE is four hours ahead of GMT. There is no summer time saving when clocks are altered.
The Islamic year is called the Hijri and dates are followed by AH - After Hijra. The Hijri calendar is based on lunar months. There are 354 or 355 days in the Hijri year, which is divided into 12 lunar months and each year is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian year.
As some holidays are based on the sighting of the moon and not fixed dates on the Hijri calendar, the dates of Islamic holidays are imprecise, with holidays frequently being confirmed less than 24 hours in advance. Some non-religious holidays are fixed according to the Gregorian calendar.
If you're spending time in Dubai, it helps to know some basics about the local culture. We've put together some handy tips with regard to business and social hours and the all-important etiquette for tipping and photography.
Dubai's culture is firmly rooted in the Islamic traditions of Arabia. However Dubai is very tolerant of the customs of its visitors and is relatively liberal when it comes to European dress codes and serving alcohol in hotels.
Among the most highly prized virtues are courtesy and hospitality, visitors are sure to be charmed by the genuine warmth and friendliness of the people.
Islam is the official religion of the UAE, but other religions are respected. Dubai has a variety of Christian churches.
Business Hours & Social Hours
Social hours are very Mediterranean in style - in general, people get up early, often have an afternoon siesta and eat late in the evening. Government offices are open from 07:30 to 14:00hrs Saturday to Wednesday. In the private sector, office hours vary between split shift days or straight shifts.
Although the small shops opening hours are usually based on split shift timings, the big shopping malls now remain open all day from 10:00 - 21:00hrs. Petrol stations are open 24 hours. Embassies and consulates open from 08:00 - 13:30hrs. Most close on Thursday and Friday.
Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. An increasing number of restaurants include service.
Normal tourist photography is acceptable; it is courteous to ask permission before photographing people especially local women. In general, photographs of government buildings, military installations, ports and airports should not be taken.
There's plenty to do in Dubai and it helps to know what's on and where.
The shopping Capital of the Middle East!
Prices are competitive in many products from gold to carpets, textiles or designer labels. The key to shopping here is to bargain where possible since prices, especially in the souks, can drop quite substantially. The attractive and often imaginatively designed, modern shopping malls in Dubai are one of the highlights of shopping in Dubai and are generally spacious and fully air conditioned. Most international brands and high street shops can be found in the shopping malls.
Most malls have a food court, which offers a variety of types of cuisine. Some malls also have cinemas.
There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organised tour can be a great way to discover the UAE. Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Dubai's souks are worth a visit for their bustling atmosphere, the eclectic variety of goods and the traditional way of doing business.
Tours & Sightseeing
There are many companies in Dubai offering an exciting variety of city and safari tours. An organised tour can be a great way to discover the UAE. Tours range from a half-day city tour to an overnight safari visiting the desert or mountains and camping in tents. Most trips require a minimum of four people for the tour to run. It is advisable to book three or four days in advance although in some cases less notice is not a problem.
For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.
There are numerous activities available to visitors to Dubai including water sports and golf packages.
For more information contact the Recommended Travel Agents.
Dubai has numerous cinemas, cafes, bars, nightclubs and discos to suit all tastes and ages. There are a number of local magazines available from the Newsagents listing details of the above facilities.