FEB 26 - 27, 2019 | ABU DHABI

Practical Information

The following information will assist you in planning your trip to Abu Dhabi. We encourage you to take the time to read it carefully.

Guests are required to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements. Below you will find information on discounted flight and hotel bookings.

About Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital and second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.  It is the largest of the UAE's seven member emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain). Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city has a population of 1.5 million, while the population of the UAE is 9.4 million.

Abu Dhabi is the seat of the United Arab Emirates’ government and home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri family. Abu Dhabi's rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's centre of political and industrial activities and a major cultural and commercial hub. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy. 

For more information about Abu Dhabi, please click here to view the Visit Abu Dhabi website


Emirates Palace
GFMF Discount Code - FIRS190225
To make a reservation please click here

Bab Al Qasr
GFMF Rate - AED 460 per night
To make a reservation please email reinhard.rodriguez@babalqasr.com and reference 'GFMF 2019'

Khalidiya Palace
GFMF Rate - AED 400 per night
To make a reservation please email ibrahim.eldib@rotana.com and reference 'GFMF 2019'

Flights – Etihad GFMF Official Airline

Hala Abu Dhabi are proud to partner with the Global Financial Market Forum 2019. As a division of Etihad Airways, we are able to offer competitive flight discounts to attendees when travelling on Etihad operated flights. Fly from cities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America to our home, Abu Dhabi.

Up to 15% discount is available for Economy Saver, Classic and Flex fares and for Business Classic and Flex fares on any of our direct flights into and via Abu Dhabi.

Up to 30% discount is available for Business Classis and Flex fares on any of our direct flights into and via Abu Dhabi travel originates from USA.

To book your GFMF 2019 flight please download and complete the booking form and once compete email: gfmf2019@etihad.ae

Venue - Emirates Palace

Emirates Palace plays host to the GFMF event and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Abu Dhabi, showcasing Arabian culture at its finest. Emirates Palace has created an enviable niche in luxury hospitality, welcoming world leaders, business travellers and holiday-makers from around the globe.

Emirates Palace is situated on 1.3 km of private beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of gardens and lawns, the hotel comprises 302 rooms and 92 suites. Finished in gold leaf and marble, all the rooms and suites are carefully designed and furnished to offer guests superior comfort and luxury, with spectacular views of the manicured lawns or the glistening blue waves of the Arabian Sea.

Emirates Palace Exterior

The hotel boasts fourteen restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars which highlight cuisines from around the world. The resort’s leisure facilities include two outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pools, the Emirates Palace Spa, tennis courts, a marina and state of the art fitness centres. The hotel is located 5 minutes from the Marina shopping mall and local attractions..

Emirates Palace

GFMF Booking Code - FIRS190225. Click here.
West Corniche Road
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Tel +971 2 690 9000


Abu Dhabi Airport 38 km (35-40 minutes approximately)

Dubai Airport 180 km (100-120 minutes approximately)

Abu Dhabi City Centre 3 km (5-10 minutes approximately)

Dress Code

The dress code for the Forum is business attire.


Abu Dhabi has a hot desert climate with sunny blue skies throughout the year. The cooler season between November - March ranges from warm to moderately hot. This period also sees dense fog on some days.

Currency and Banking

Abu Dhabi official currency is the UAE dirham (AED or Dhs), which is divided into 100 fils.

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Foreign currencies and travellers' cheques can be exchanged in licenced exchange offices, banks and hotels, a passport is required.

Banking hours are generally Saturday to Thursday, 08:00 - 13:00 (some banks also keep later hours). Some banks have small branches based in malls, which are open in the evening.

Most banks operate ATMs, which accept a range of cards including American Express, Cirrus, Global Access, MasterCard, Plus System and VISA. ATMs can be found in all shopping malls, major supermarkets, most petrol stations and the airport.

Electrical Current

The electrical current in Abu Dhabi is 240 volts and a plug or adapter with UK pattern are required.


There are no vaccinations required to visit Abu Dhabi.

Shops - Opening Hours

Most shops open from around 10:00 to 22:00, and later on weekends.


Tipping is not expected in the Arab countries, a service charge is added within the bills of restaurants and hotels. Though, if you receive exceptionally good service then in the form of appreciation, staff members do expect a little extra tip. Around 10%-15% tipping can be given in hotels or restaurants. Normally, at the airport, luggage porters do expect a tip depending upon the number of bags.

Passport and Visa Requirements

Depending on your nationality, a valid passport or I.D. card is necessary for entry into Abu Dhabi. Some nationalities may also require a visa. Passports should be valid for the duration of your stay.

You can book your UAE visa online at 

For more information on visa types, please visit the Abu Dhabi Government website visa page or call its contact center on +971 2 666 4442 (800-555 from inside the UAE).

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you arrange comprehensive insurance for your trip. Please bring your Insurance Policy with you so you are fully prepared if any claim has to be made whilst you are in Abu Dhabi.

Airport Meet & Greet Services

If you are flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport, you might like to request their meet and greet services to assist you on arrival

Etihad Meet & Greet

Abu Dhabi Airport Meet & Greet

If you are flying into Dubai International Airport, similar services are also offered to assist you on arrival:

Emirates Meet & Greet

If you are staying at the Emirates Palace, the hotel may also be able to assist you with a meet and greet service.