The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates, each with its own unique character and personality but yet united with a common goal and destiny. Abu Dhabi is one of the most modern cities in the world. It is the center of government and business life in the UAE and is the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates.
The architecture of its modern buildings and sky scrapers is the finest in the Middle East. Large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, state-of-the-art communication services and transport, the presence of all the international luxury hotel chains, rich shopping malls, cultural centers and events provide tourists a one-of-a-kind experience all year round.
Abu Dhabi stretches south to the oases of Liwa, where some of the world’s largest sand dunes can be found, and east to the ancient oasis of Al Ain. The official religion of the UAE is Islam, but other faiths are tolerated and freedom of worship privately is given.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. Other languages spoken are English, Hindi, Farsi.
The UAE currency is Dirham. Arab Emirate Dirhams (=Dhs. or AED) 100 Fils = 1 Dirham. Exchange Rate Dhs. 3.67 = US$ 1.00.
Sun shines all year round in the UAE. March is a month of moderate climate. The average daily high and low are 26ºC/15ºC, respectively.
Dress code is informal on all occasions except during the Conference Opening Ceremony. All hotels have swimming pool facilities. The Organizing Committee also suggests to bring sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes (mainly for the post conference tours, if interested).