Dubai is a major city in the United Arab Emirates, situated on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. Its history as a city dates back to as early as 3000 BC. In 1971, Dubai became the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country, and has since emerged as the largest city in the UAE and its most popular tourist destination. With a population of 2.6 million, it is the largest city by population in the country, and the fastest-growing. To put the city’s population growth into perspective, when the CTBUH International Conference last came to Dubai 10 years ago in 2008, the population was only 1.6 million!
Today, not only is Dubai known for its iconic architecture and towering skyscrapers, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, it is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors. With year-round sunshine, intriguing deserts, beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels and shopping malls, fascinating heritage attractions and a thriving business community, Dubai receives millions of leisure and business visitors each year from around the world.
All delegates traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) must be in possession of a passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE (Note: National ID cards will not be sufficient to grant entry to the UAE).
The type of visa you need to enter the UAE depends on several factors such as your nationality, the purpose of your planned visit, and the duration of your visit. Currently, citizens of 50 countries and the GCC nationals can get a free 30-days visit visa on arrival at the Dubai International Airport and no advance visa arrangements are required. These countries include: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain (GCC Country), Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (GCC Country), Kuwait (GCC Country), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands (Holland), New Zealand, Norway, Oman (GCC Country), Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and Vatican City.
If your country is not listed above, then hyou are required to obtain a visa prior to your visit to the UAE. Visa applications are available from UAE embassies, travel agencies, or the UAE government website. To receive more information on obtaining a visa, please contact [email protected].
Dubai is characterized by a tropical desert climate with very hot and humid conditions, especially during the summer months. The October conference will be approaching the beginning of the winter season. The weather at this time of year is typically warm and sunny, with daily temperatures around 72°F – 95°F (18°C – 22°C). Dubai is well suited for high temperatures, as public transport, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions are all air-conditioned.