- It is the delegate’s responsibility to obtain their own travel visa where applicable. SPE cannot issue visas, nor can we guarantee it will be obtained. An automated visa invitation letter link will be available in the confirmation email once delegate completes the registration.
- You will need a visa to enter UAE unless you are a GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) passport holder.
For more information on a UAE visa, please visit the websites:
Hotel Booking Information
This is a non-residential conference. Hotel accommodation is not included in your registration fee. However, discounted room rates have been negotiated for SPE conference delegates at Conrad Etihad Towers Hotel.
Rooms are available for booking at the below discounted rate from 23 to 26 January 2023. If you require additional nights, kindly contact the hotel (hotel contact is listed below).
- Special rate AED 750 (Single Occupancy) and AED 815 (Double Occupancy) inclusive of breakfast.
- Rates are inclusive of 4% Municipality Fee, 5% VAT, 6% Tourism Fees, 10% Service Charge and exclusive AED 15 municipality room fee per room per night.
- Rooms are subject to availability.
For reservations, please click the following LINK or contact the Hotel (details appended below). Kindly book on or before 24 December 2022 to avail the discounted room rate.
Airport/Hotel Transportation Service
Hotel can provide airport/hotel transportation, to book your transportation through the hotel please contact.
Phone: +971 (02) 8115638
Mobile: +971 (52) 781 3138
SPE Event Standard Safety Guidelines
SPE adheres to the safety regulations issued by local authorities in UAE. Those measures are subject to change in alignment with UAE Authorities. Read more about SPE's event safety guidelines.
UAE COVID-19 Guidelines:
- Fully Vaccinated attendees with booster shot must present “Green Pass” on their Al Hosn app. A negative PCR test result every 30 days is required to maintain ‘Green’ status.
Non-vaccinated attendees require a Negative Test Result not more than 7 days on the day of the event.
All requirements must be presented before entering the Hotel and the meeting room. This is mandatory based on the current Government Guidelines and must strictly followed.
- For Non- residents to validate your vaccination or your exemption certificate in Abu Dhabi, download the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA UAE Smart) app or visit the website: https://icp.gov.ae/en/ and attach your vaccination certificate(s) for approval.
- Upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, travellers will receive a Unified ID number from airport immigration or via the ICA UAE Smart app or https://icp.gov.ae/en/ website; this is required to complete the registration on the Al Hosn app.
- Download Alhosn app.
DPI tests will not be accepted to enter the event.
Please take note of the following:
- Your negative PCR test result/Al Hosn App Green Status will have to be presented at the entrance of the event.
- If you are Non-Vaccinated your PCR test validity is for 7 days only.
- Download Alhosn app. Click for full details.
Are face masks mandatory?
Yes, wearing a face mask is mandatory at all times. Non-compliance may result in government enforced penalties. Exception will be given to speakers who will be at the podium during their presentation.
Ticketing and Registration Process
Due to strict health and safety protocol, there will be no registration and ticket sales on-site at the event. Admission is strictly by advance registration only.
Will there be sanitisers across the venue?
Yes, sanitiser stations will be readily available across the venue.
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend an Event in Abu Dhabi?
The Department Culture and Tourism (DCT) in Abu Dhabi announced that you do not need to be vaccinated to attend any type of business event. Hence, you will not require to be vaccinated to attend an event in Abu Dhabi. However, you will need to present a negative PCR Test of 48 hours validity.
However, this rule may differ for visiting a number of public places such as malls, retail outlets, museums, cultural centre, etc.
Do I need to do a PCR test before leaving Abu Dhabi?
Those intending to travel outside Abu Dhabi, UAE, please check the requirements of the country you are travelling to. Travel regulations change frequently.
For more information about departing from Abu Dhabi, go to the Etihad update website.
Additional information regarding arriving/departing Abu Dhabi can be found on the Visit Abu Dhabi website.
About Abu Dhabi
History of the Area:
The seven independent emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah came together to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the year 1971. Abu Dhabi is the capital city of the UAE.
The U.A.E enjoys 365 days of warm sunshine, with cooler evenings and occasional showers in the months between November to March.
The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT (+4 GMT)
The UAE is one of the world's wealthiest countries, with a GDP of US $54 billion (2000), and has the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world. While oil and gas production form its foundation, Dubai is increasingly broadening its economic activity to include: real estate, tourism, trading and manufacturing.
The official currency of the UAE is the Arab Emirates Dirham (AED or DHS.). Each Dirham is divided into 100 fils and is held constant against the US Dollar at an average of 3.67. All banks operate from 8.00am to 1.00pm, Sunday through Thursday and 8.00am to 12.00pm on Saturdays. Currency exchange houses are open until late in the evening. All international credit and debit cards are widely accepted. Currency Converter
The standard electricity supply is 220/240 volts. American appliances may need a transformer.
As in all Middle Eastern countries, respect for the local customs and sensibilities is recommended. Short, revealing or tight clothing can be worn, but it will attract attention. Lightweight summer clothing is suitable for most of the year, but something slightly warmer may be needed in the evening for the winter months. Please be sure to take some sort of jacket or sweater as February can get chilly in the evenings, also hotels and restaurants can be cold due to the air conditioning.
While Arabic is the official language, English is very widely spoken, especially in business. Given the large size of the expatriate population, several other languages are also used in everyday life, headed by Hindi, Urdu and Farsi.