Dubai is serviced by Dubai International Airport
The average temperature in Dubai in November is 26° Celsius (78.8ºF), with an average of 0 rainy days.
The Emirati Dirham is the official currency of the UAE, abbreviated officially as AED. For current exchange rates, click here.
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The official language of the United Arab Emirates is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and used as 80% of the population are expatriates.
Letters of invitation can be created by clicking here.
The sole purpose of an invitation letter is to facilitate delegates’ visa arrangements and does not imply financial or other support by the organizers. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate.
The SIU will not contact embassies or consulates on behalf of applicants.
It is the delegate’s responsibility to allow adequate time to make visa arrangements.
Please allow enough time for visa applications. Refunds will not be given to participants who were unable to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry. All attendees should verify visa requirements through their local embassy or consulate.
United Arab Emirates Visas are valid for single entry only and are valid for a maximum of 30 days from date of issue and a maximum of 14 days from date of entry. All travelers to Dubai must ensure their passport is valid 6 months from date of arrival.
Delegates coming from select countries (see list here) may receive a visa upon arrival, with no prior paperwork required. Nationals of countries not included in the ‘visa on arrival list’, will require a pre-arranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.
Registered delegates to the SIU Congress who will require pre-arranged visa may apply for the UAE visa through MCI UAE. MCI UAE will assist in visa application processing for those who are not eligible for on-arrival visas through its housing bureau. Applicants must also book their accommodations through the bureau in order to be eligible for visa processing assistance. Fees for visa applications range from USD 160 to USD 200. The following documents will be required:
Important to note:
OK to Board
Some guests from the South Asia Subcontinent may require an OK to Board approval to travel. This can be applied at an additional fee of AED 100 (USD 28) excluding 5% VAT. This will be provided once the delegate has a valid visa to enter the UAE.
All events held in Dubai must acquire the appropriate government permits. One requirement of the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing is that all faculty have a Speaker Permit in order to speak/present at their session. The SIU will assist speakers in obtaining their permit and will communicate directly with speakers for this purpose.
Please note that visa applications are the speakers’ responsibility. Your application for the speaker permit does not replace your visa application. Click here to check if you require a visa.
Taxis are easy to access in Dubai. There is a base rate of 2€. COVID precautions are observed by all major taxi companies.
Tipping in Dubai is common practice. At restaurants, servers are typically tipped between 10% and 15%. Hotel workers (bell hops, valet, housekeeping) can normally expect Dh5-10. per interaction.