image

Latest News

Twitter iconJoin the conversation

2015 Speakers

Catalin Cighi

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

Chiheb Ben-Mahmoud

Executive Vice President- Head of Hotels & Hospitality, Middle East & Africa, JLL

Amine Moukarzel

President, Golden Tulip Hotels, Suites & Resorts MENA

Filippo Sona

Director | Head of Hotels  (MENA Region), Colliers International

Edmund O’Sullivan

Chairman, MEED

Hala Matar Choufany

Regional Managing Director, HVS Dubai

Roger Blackall

Executive Director – Real Estate Asset Management, Premier Group WLL

Margreet Papamichael

Director, AECOM Economics

Jean Luc Naret

Senior Vice President F&B, Jumeirah Group , Managing Director, Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai

Elizabeth Winkle

Managing Director, STR Global

Simon Barlow

Chief Executive Officer – Hotels Business Unit, Majid Al Futtaim Properties

Bart Dohmen

Managing Director, BRC Imagination Arts, BV

Abdulla Ziyath

Managing Director, Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC)

Arne M. Sorenson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

Anita Mendiratta

Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting

Christopher R.J. Knable

Chief Operating Officer, Katara Hospitality

Clarence Tan

Senior Vice President, Development, Asia, Middle East & Africa, IHG

Ivanka Trump

Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

Simon Allison

Chairman, HOFTEL

Susan Harmsworth MBE

Chairman, ESPA International

Abdellah Essonni

CEO, ABJAR Hotels International LLC

Jonathan Worsley

Chairman, Bench Events, Board Director, STR Global

Local Customs & Visas

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.

For further information regarding visa requirements for entering the UAE please click here

Please note that the organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.

 


 

Local Culture

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.

 


 

Weather

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

Click here for a live weather feed

 


 

Local time

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT. There is no summer time savings when clocks are altered.