Dubai is 4 hours ahead of GMT and 9 hours ahead of EST.
Arabic is the official language of Dubai, but English is widely spoken and understood in the UAE and ranks as the language of commerce.
The average temperature is generally of a maximum of 23 degrees centigrade while the minimum is around 14 degrees centigrade. The sunshine remains for about 8 hours each day.
The voltage used in Dubai is 220 V and you will need a UK style 3pin plug,
Visa requirements for entering Dubai vary between different nationalities and it is always advised to check regulations before traveling. Currently, every nationality entering the UAE needs a visa except citizens of GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia), expatriate residents of the GCC, citizens of Europe (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Vatican) and nationals from Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in Asia, as well as those from the United States of America and Canada receive Visas on arrival.
For all other nationalities, a visa must be applied for before the visitor enters the country. If you fall within this category please contact our conference secretary who will be helping you acquire the same. To avoid any inconvenience, apply for your visa 15 days prior to the meeting.
Banking and Exchange Facilities
Foreign money can be exchanged at banks during normal business hours (08:00 am – 02:00pm from Saturday to Thursday) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank.
1.00 AED is approximately equal to 0.27225 USD depending to the daily rate.
All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops and ATMs are available at many points throughout the city.
The UAE dirham (DHS or AED) is available in notes and coins.
Banknotes: 5; 10; 20; 50; 100; 200; 500 and 1000 dirhams
Coins: 0.25; 0.50 fils and 1 dirham
Mobile Network Coverage in the UAE
It is possible to use most cellular phones in UAE. All over UAE, phone numbers consist of two sections: area code with two digits and the number itself with seven digits.
From area to area: 0 + area or mobile network code + 7 – digit number
International: 0 + 0 + country code + area code + number
All the big shopping malls are open 7 days a week between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm and 12:00 pm in weekends.
You will find them at their respective taxi stands or on the street. All are beige with a taxi sign on top and have meters.
Dubai has a fantastic assortment of international-standard restaurants catering to all tastes. The range and styles are diverse; offering everything from local traditional cuisine to the finest international cuisine. Ask at your hotel lobby for more information.
Note that smoking is prohibited in most public closed areas in Dubai.