Prior to Travelling

Prior to travelling to the United Arab Emirates, delegates are advised to check for visit visa requirements at the UAE embassies based in their country of residence.

Visa Upon Arrival

If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advanced visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge.

Eligible Countries

Non-eligible Countries

Australia, Iceland, Portugal, Andorra, Ireland, San Marino, Austria, Italy, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Spain, Denmark, Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland, Malaysia, Switzerland, France, Monaco, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, United States of America, Greece, New Zealand, The Vatican, Hong Kong, Norway.

It is not possible to process visit visa application for citizens of the following countries: Ethiopia, Syria, Nigeria, Libya, Tunisia and Bangladesh.

We recommend Tunisians to apply by themselves via Emirates Airlines as this is possible since March 2017.

GCC Residents

Residents Other than GCC

For delegates whom are not GCC citizens but are GCC residents, obtaining a visa permit of entry is now possible online through the UAE Ministry of Interior online service. To learn more about the service and initiate the application online please click here.

Delegates with citizenships from countries not listed in the eligible countries list for visa on entry or residents other than GCC will need to obtain a visit visa. Please double check for an entry requirements for travelers from your country of nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate of the United Arab Emirates. For a full list of UAE embassies located globally please click here.

Airport Transfer

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the InterContinental, Dubai Festival City, while Al Maktoum International Airport is approximately 40 minutes from the venue.


The hotel does not provide shuttle service

Dubai International Airport

Hotel direction: 8 km
Estimated taxi fare: AED 25

Al Maktoum International Airport

Hotel direction: 60 km
Estimated taxi fare: AED 100

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Hotel direction: 130 km
Estimated taxi fare: AED 300