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Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
John T.A Vanderslice
Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA
Director | Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International
Hala Matar Choufany
Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai
Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL
Director, AECOM Economics
Jean Luc Naret
Senior Vice President F&B, Jumeirah Group , Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai
Managing Director, STR Global
Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV
Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)
Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting
Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization
Susan Harmsworth MBE
Chairman, ESPA International
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC
Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global
Local Customs & Visas
Information concerning visa requirements for those travelling to the UAE are subject to change and should always be checked with your local travel agent or nearest UAE embassy before travelling.
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Please note that the organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.
Dress code – Dress code in Dubai is liberal compared to other Middle Eastern cities, however care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which is too revealing.
Tipping - In Dubai most hotel and restaurant bills will have a 10% service charge and another 10% municipality tax added on, if not a figure of 10% is standard. If you are tipping porters or valets 5 or 10 Dirhams is plenty.
Photos – Avoid taking photos of government and military sites. As common courtesy dictates, permission should be granted before photographing individuals, especially women.
Taxis – Taxis are easily found in Dubai and can also be ordered by calling +971 4 208 0808. Try to have a supply of smaller notes as taxis often struggle to provide change.
Language – The official language of the UAE is Arabic, although English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields.
Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate with year round sunshine. The hottest months of the year are from June until September when temperatures can reach well over 45oC.
During the month of May the weather conditions are as follows:
Rainfall (mm) 0
Min Temp (oC) 24
Max Temp (oC) 37
Min Temp (oF) 75
Max Temp (oF) 99
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The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT. There is no summer time savings when clocks are altered.