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President and Group Chief Executive Officer, Jumeirah Group
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Managing Director, STR Global
Director | Head of Hotels (MENA Region), Colliers International
Chairman, Cristal International Standards
Chairman and CEO, Canada Business Holdings Inc.
Managing Director, Premier Inn Hotels International
Chief Operating Officer, JA Resorts and Hotels
Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG
Director, AECOM Economics
Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL
Wolfgang M. Neumann
President & CEO, The Rezidor Hotel Group
Founder and Group CEO, Roya International
Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development Middle East & Africa, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Project Director, Faithful+Gould
Vice President - Business Development, Centara Hotels & Resorts
Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL
Global Development Manager Director, Melia Hotels International
Director Hospitality, Naseel Holding
Group CEO, Boutique Group of Companies (Subsidiaries of Thakral Land Ltd. (Thailand))
President of Hotel Operations, Dur Hospitality
Vice President of Development - Middle East, Hilton Worldwide
Dr Jeroen Oskam
Director of the Research Centre - Visiting Professor at EADA Barcelona & co-editor of the Journal of Tourism Futures, Hotelschool The Hague
Head of Research & Chief Economist, Emirates NBD
Founder CWO, Incubeemea
Vice President of Food and Beverage, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hilton Worldwide
Chief Executive Officer, EMEA , JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group
CEO, Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, DinarStandard
Arne M. Sorenson
President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
Head of Hospitality for the Middle East, Faithful+Gould
President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA
Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Dr Badr Al Badr
Chief Executive Officer, Dur Hospitality
Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization
CEO, Jetwing Hotels Ltd
Global Chief Executive Officer – Hotels & Hospitality Group, JLL
Executive VP Sales, Distribution & Loyalty, ACCOR
Hala Matar Choufany
Managing Partner, HVS Dubai
Susan Harmsworth MBE
Chairman, ESPA International
Senior Industry Manager , Google UK Limited
President & CEO, Shaza Hotels
President and Managing Director (EMEAI), Wyndham Hotel Group
CEO, Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company
Director, Political Futures Consultancy
Vice President Development - Middle East & Africa, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
Project Coordinator and Researcher, European Tourism Futures Institute
Christopher R.J. Knable
Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality
Managing Partner, Cain Hospitality Innovation (CHI)
Group Chief Development Officer, Jumeirah Group
John T.A Vanderslice
Global Head, Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide
Director, A.A. AlMoosa Enterprises
Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV
CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC
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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.