Sights & Attractions

Please contact congress secretariat to book your tours during your stay in Abu Dhabi.

The Big Bus Tour of Abu Dhabi


The tour is a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi, taking you to all of the cities famous landmarks. The Tour provides a personal commentary in a choice of languages, explaining Abu Dhabi’s rapid development and cultural history. The hop-on, hop-off facility gives you access to the best things to do in Abu Dhabi and the 24 hour ticket provides plenty of time to explore Abu Dhabi’s popular attractions. Your sightseeing tour of Abu Dhabi also includes a Shuttle to Abu Dhabi’s entertainment capital, Yas Island and free entrance to the Sky Tower at Marina Mall.

Big Bus Tour Abu Dhabi

Contact Information:
+971 800 244 287
http://eng.bigbustours.com/abudhabi



Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque grandmosque

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Named after the former president and founder of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the mosque is the third largest in the world accommodating over 40,000 worshippers and houses the world’s largest carpet, measuring 5627m2 and one of the world’s biggest Swarovski chandeliers.

Contact Information:
+971 2 4191919
http://www.szgmc.ae/en/plan-your-visit



Desert Safari

Qasr-Al-Sarab
A Desert Safari Dubai is by far the most popular tourist activity that Dubai has to offer its visitors. Only a short drive out of the city, this recreation offers experienced skillful dune bashing, a mesmerizing Dubai desert sunset, artistic henna painting, fun and safe camel rides in the desert campsite, an enchanting belly dance and tanoura show, fresh and tasty b.b.q. dinner, shisha (fruit flavored water pipe) and all the splendors of the Arabian culture in one Dubai Desert Safari trip. While you're on a Dubai Desert Safari, you can even try on Arabic attire for a unique photo opportunity.

Ferrari World

Ferrari World
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi offers a truly amazing experience for every family member with thrilling rides, exciting attractions, themed stores and restaurants, all inspired by the rich Ferrari brand and its Italian heritage. The park boasts more than 20 unique rides and attractions for visitors of all ages and interests – from speed thrill rides to the truly advanced simulators and family-friendly attractions – in addition to a wide variety of Italian restaurants, unique shopping experiences and dedicated entertainment.
Travel
Abu Dhabi is capital of the United Arab Emirates with its centre situated on an island, separated from the mainland by a narrow water channel. The city makes full use of this natural asset, with the impeccably maintained Corniche, running for several kilometres along the shoreline and a focal point for social activities. It is a thoroughly modern city with gleaming skyscrapers and beautifully landscaped gardens but there remains a pride in its culture and heritage.

In recent years, Abu Dhabi has become increasingly well known, both through its dramatically enhanced tourism facilities and its worldwide sponsorships and partnerships. The city now plays hosts to a Formula 1 race on what is probably the world’s best racing facility. The first ever branch of the Louvre is due to open in the next year or two on Saadiyat Island, a dedicated cultural centre that will also house a branch of the Guggenheim. It is home to the most expensive hotel ever built, the magnificent Emirates Palace and regularly hosts world-class cultural and sporting events. In short, Abu Dhabi has become a truly cosmopolitan capital city and it is well worth extending your stay to enjoy its many attractions.

Climate


Abu Dhabi has an arid desert climate- extremely hot and humid in summer, pleasantly warm in the winter. Although the fierceness of the summer heat starts to decline during September, days are still hot with temperatures usually in the upper 30’s Centigrade, so good for sunbathing on a beach or relaxing around the pool. The evenings are very warm and usually still rather humid so there is no need for coats or pullovers if you are outside, but a pullover or wrap is useful for the coolness of air conditioned interiors. You are extremely unlikely to see any rain during your stay, just 12 hours of sunshine.
Visa Information
VISA ON ARRIVAL


Nationals of the following countries are eligible for a free-of-charge visa stamped on their passports upon entry into ABU DHABI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Andorra, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brunei, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Croaita, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, USA, Vatican City. The latest list can be found here.
VISA APPLICATION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL

Visa Deadline is 1st March 2016.


All other nationalities not mentioned in the above list are required to pre-arrange a visa for entry into the United Arab Emirates. Visa requirements can change with little or no notice. Please double-check foreign entry requirements for travelers from your country of nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate for your destination country. For other information, please visit UAE Foreign Affairs
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VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURE


Contact for Visa application: Please contact the Registration Department for further details. Visa application fee should be pre-paid in full in advance with document submission. The cost of the visa application is USD 150 and is subject to the concerned governmental authorities. No visa application will be processed without this information. Once the visa is approved, ae-visa copy will be emailed to you and a printed copy of the same has to be submitted by you to the immigration upon your arrival.

SPECIAL NOTES


The passport should be valid for 6 (six) months or more prior to the date of travel. Visa is valid for one single entry only. Visa application can be processed minimum of 5-10 UAE working days Working days in UAE are from Sunday to Thursday. (Friday/ Saturday are the weekends). Validity: 59 days from the moment visa is issued and 29 days from the time entry to the UAE. Visa will only be issued 3-7 days prior to your arrival and emailed to you. Acknowledgement of receipt of the visa copy is mandatory. All relevant visa documents are required to be sent to the Conference Secretariat before 1st September, 2013 to ensure a smooth processing of the visa. Visa application once submitted is 100% chargeable and non-refundable – neither if rejected by concerned authorities or cancelled by applicant. All visas are valid for arrival and departure in any international airport of UAE including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports. Visa application will only be accepted if hotel accommodation is booked through the Conference Secretariat /Conference hotels. Hotel booking confirmation is needed prior to processing visa. Hotel accommodation period should be equal to period of stay in the country. The Conference Secretariat/Travel Agent do not take any responsibility in case the visa is delayed or rejected (as it may take up to 15 and more working days to process visa application).

VISA GUARANTEE OF DEPARTURE


The client (delegate) undertakes full monetary guarantee of any penalty, which is levied by the government of UAE in case any of their clients violate the overstay policy or do not depart on the specified day. The client has to fax/e-mail a copy of the clients’ passport with departure stamp of UAE immigration for each client after departure.

10 MAIN REASONS WHY UAE VISA APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED


1. Female below 25 years old without accompanied application of either parents/relatives older than her will likely be rejected or in some instances will experience deferred visa approval.
2. Non-skilled profession stipulated in the passport such as laborer, farmer, construction worker etc. will automatically be rejected.
3. Hand written passport copies by nationalities such as Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. will automatically be rejected by the DNRD.
4. Applicants with previous fraud or misconduct committed in the UAE will be rejected automatically.
5. Previously applied tourist visa by the applicant who did not enter the country. In order to get an approval, PRO of the applied travel agency or sponsor must go to Immigration department to clear previous UAE visa application.
6. Applicants applied with employment visa by the company but did not enter the country. To get an approval, the PRO of the said company or sponsor must go to the UAE Immigration department and clear the previous employment visa application.
7. Previously holding UAE residence visa and left the country without cancelling it. To get an approval the PRO must go to Immigration department and clear your previous residence visa.
8. Applicants with the same name, birth date and etc. will be delayed in getting approval or will be rejected.
9. Visa application with typo errors of name, passport number and profession code will be delayed in getting approval or rejected.
10. When photo of the passport copies are blurred when applied in the online UAE Immigration usually gets delayed of approval or will be rejected.
About Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi International Airport is served by many international carriers included the national airline Etihad Airways, recently voted the world’s best in the World Travel Awards. The airport is around 30 minutes drive from the city centre and 15 minutes drive from the conference hotel. International flights also are available to Dubai International Airport, which is around 2 hours drive from Abu Dhabi.

The UAE has an excellent road system with wide highways linking the major cities. Speed limits vary, up to a maximum of 120 km/h on the main highways. Taxis are widely available and inexpensive. Car rental is also widely available and relatively inexpensive.

Language


The UAE’s native language is Arabic while English is also widely spoken.

Country dialing code


+ 971

Currency


The official currency of the United Arab Emirates is the dirham (abbreviated to Dhs or AED), with each dirham divided into 100 fils. The dirham is fixed to the dollar with 1$ = AED3.67. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are plentiful.

Time Difference


GMT + 4 hours

Business hours


The working week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Most banks are not open on the weekend although ATM machines are available. Many shops and malls are open until the late evening.

Electricity


Voltage is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles. Plug sockets are mainly British style 3 pin type ‘G’ but European style 2 pin type ‘C’ sockets are also in use.