Travel and Immigration

Immigration requirements

The type of visa needed to enter the UAE depends on factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your visit and its duration. The UAE authorities have taken many steps to make this process as straightforward and easy as possible.

Please click here for more information to see whether you should apply for a visa before travelling to Dubai.

Official invitation letter for Visa purposes

If your visa request needs to be accompanied by a registration confirmation, an official Letter of Invitation can be downloaded during the registration procedure. Please note this letter is not a commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.

How to reach Dubai

Convenience, speed, and new modern facilities are just some of the advantages offered at Dubai International airport and Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central. With over 7,000 weekly flights operated by 125 airlines from 260 destinations on every continent (except Antarctica), you have a wide range of options to choose from when flying to Dubai. It’s easy to find a carrier to fit any budget or itinerary!

Transfers from the airport
There are various forms of transports which will take you from the airport to the centre. The Dubai Metro is the easiest, cheapest and fastest way to reach the centre of Dubai. In addition taxis and buses are also available at the airport. Dubai International Airport is a 10-minute drive to or from the city centre.

How to reach the convention centre

DWTC is on the main public transport bus and metro route, with its own dedicated metro station. Whichever way you choose to reach DWTC, it could not be simpler.

If you’re travelling by car, you have direct access from the city’s main highway and commercial skyscraper corridor, Sheikh Zayed Road - giving you a direct gateway to all areas of Dubai and the wider UAE. Within the DWTC complex, take advantage of the extensive multi-storey parking facilities for around 5,000 cars.

Dos and Don’ts in Dubai

Rated by Interpol as one of the safest cities in the world, Dubai offers a crime-free environment. Indeed, the Dubai crime rate appears to be significantly lower than most similarly sized metropolis cities.

The Dubai Police Department has created a dedicated department for tourists’ security and safety in the Emirate. In view of the above, the majority of travellers are not impacted by any crime. Congress delegates can also have access to state-of-the-art health facilities and availability of paramedics in hotels.

To get the most out of your Dubai experience, please be informed about some Dos and Don'ts:

  • Clothing: The dress code is liberal. Certain attractions such as mosques or religious sites usually have stricter dress codes, requiring both men and women to cover up bare shoulders, arms and legs, and women to wear headscarves.
  • Women: Women face no discrimination and are free to walk around unescorted. Dubai is encouraging women to be the leaders at work, the Dubai Women Establishment promotes the participation of Emirati women in supporting the UAE local economy and therefore building the modern nation.
  • Liquor: Alcohol is available in hotels, clubs and their restaurants and bars as well as in airport duty free shops. However, most restaurants that are not within hotels may not serve alcohol. As in most countries, public drunkenness is an offence. Drinking in public places such as public beaches and parks is not permitted.
  • Photography: Normal tourist photography is welcome but, as elsewhere in the world, it is courteous and wise to ask permission before photographing other people, especially local women.