The following information will assist you in planning your trip to Abu Dhabi. We encourage you to take the time to read it carefully.
Delegates are required to make their own accommodation and travel arrangements. Please visit the Emirates Palace website to view the best available rates for your stay. You can also visit the Etihad Airways website to search and book suitable flights to and from 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.
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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, with 114 domes that are 72.6 meters high, 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.
The building was designed by architect, John Elliott, RIBA. It opened in 2005. The main central building houses an expansive marble floor and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold and silver glass mosaic tiles. The topmost floor has six Rulers' Suites which are reserved solely for royalty and dignitaries. A variety of fourteen award winning restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars 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 plays host to a spectacular cultural calendar including movie premieres, awards ceremonies and major sporting social events.
West Corniche Road
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ttsuaevisas.com.
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).
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.
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.