ICANN60 will be our Annual General Meeting for 2017. This seven-day meeting will be focused on outreach, capacity building, and showcasing ICANN’s work to a broader global audience.


EVENT DETAILS

Event Dates: 28 October - 3 November 2017

Event Location: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

Address: Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Venue Telephone: +971 (0) 2 444 6900

Meeting Website: http://icann60.abudhabi.

Register: Sign up to attend ICANN60 Now!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

The comprehensive meeting schedule will be posted  on Monday, 9 October 2017 at https://schedule.icann.org/.


ATTENDANCE & FEES

All attendees will be required to present valid government-issued identification at the registration desk before receiving printed credentials. Register Now

Email validation is required to complete the registration process. Pre-registration is encouraged for all attendees.

Attendance at an ICANN meeting is free to the general public, although you will have to pay for your own travel and lodging. ICANN negotiates group discount rates with nearby hotels to help make the event more affordable. For more information on Booking a Hotel.


ABOUT OUR HOST

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a Federal UAE Government entity established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 – Telecom Law. TRA is responsible for the management of every aspect of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE.

The organizational objectives of the TRA include: ensuring adequacy of telecommunications services throughout the UAE; achieving enhancement of services, both in terms of quality and variety; ensuring quality of service and adherence to terms of licenses by licensees; encouraging telecommunications and IT services within the UAE; promoting and enhancing the telecommunications sector within the UAE; resolving disputes between the licensed operators; establishing and implementing a regulatory and policy framework; promoting new technologies; ensuring that the UAE becomes the regional ICT hub; developing the country's human capital; and encouraging research and development.

The TRA is also the current ccTLD manager for .ae, the national name space in the UAE. Through the TRA, the UAE was one of the first countries in the world to launch its own IDN ccTLD, .امارات (dotEmarat) in 2010. The TRA represent the UAE government in various ICT-related international organizations, committees and forums such as ITU, ICANN GAC, APTLD, IGF, LAS, the GCC and many others. The TRA is an active GAC member within ICANN since 2005.





HOTEL & TRAVEL


VISA INFORMATION

IMPORTANT! Please remember that most countries, require at least two (2) blank, unused pages in your passport for entry.

Do I need a Visa?

https://www.ttsuaevisas.com/en/global/do-i-need-a-visa/

Invitation Letter Request

Request an invitation letter https://invitationletters.icann.org/

Visa Application Options

There are several ways to apply for a travel visa for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

  • Apply online with the UAE Ministry of Interior
  • Apply in-person or online through your local UAE Embassy or Consulate General
  • Apply through Emirates or Etihad Airlines (Must arrive on either airline)
    • Emirates Airlines
    • Etihad Airlines
    • Most other airlines flying into the UAE also provide visa services. Please contact to your preferred airline carrier for further details.
  • Apply through the ICANN Meeting Venue – ADNEC
    • You can email your visa request to government.services@adnec.ae for the attention of Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim. An ADNEC representative will be in contact to guide you through the required documentation and application process for your travel visa.
  • Apply through ICANN’s locally contracted destination management company - Desert Gate
    • You can email your visa request to icann60@desertgate.ae. A Desert Gate representative will be in contact to guide you through the required documentation and application process for your travel visa.
  • Apply through your local hotel
    • All ICANN recommended hotels can provided travel visa services. Please contact your hotel for further details.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on VISA applications for the UAE

How long does it generally take to process a visa application?
3-5 working days for most applications, however some applications may take longer.

When should I start the visa application process?

All Visas are valid for 60 days from date of issued. We recommend applying 30-45 days before your anticipated arrival into the UAE.

How long can I stay in the UAE with a visitor visa?
Allowable length of stay depends on the visa type and country of origin. Short term single entry tourist visas are valid for 30 days from entry into the UAE or a long term single entry tourist visa for 90 days is also available. Duration of stay includes entry/arrival and departure days.

What are the workweek days and upcoming holidays in UAE?

Workweek: Sunday through Thursday
Weekend: Friday and Saturday
Upcoming Public Holidays and Government Closures:
31 Aug – 3 Sept (Eid Al Adha) & 22 Sept (Hijri New Years)

Is my travel visa valid in all Emirates?
Yes, with a valid travel visa you can arrive at any airport including Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Travel between Emirates is permitted no matter where your UAE tourist visa was issued.

Is it possible to renew or extend a tourist visa?
No, short term tourist visas are only valid for 30 days or long-term tourist visas are only valid for 90 days. The issued tourist visa cannot be renewed or extended by immigration. If your visa runs out of time, you will have to exit the country and may re-enter on a new travel visa, if you meet the re-entry requirements.

What is the minimum length of time that my passport needs to be valid for entry into the UAE?
The UAE Immigration office requires all visitors to have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of arrival. If your passport is valid for less than six months, you will need to renew it before you can apply for a visa and travel to the UAE.

Where can I find more information or the latest notices from the UAE Government?
https://www.moi.gov.ae/en/default.aspx or speak to your local UAE Embassy or Consulate General. List of all UAE Embassies around the globe


OFFICIAL HOTELS

ICANN has negotiated special rates for the hotels listed below. All rates are subject to availability and booking deadlines.


Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre

P.O. Box 95219 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates | tel: +971 2 813 1999

Distance from ADNEC: 500 Meters

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Traveling to Abu Dhabi, whether on business or for leisure could never have been more relaxing. This conveniently located 3-star property in the heart of Abu Dhabi's commercial district is the perfect location for all travelers. Situated directly opposite Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Premier Inn Abu Dhabi Capital Centre hotel is ideal if you are attending any exhibition or event in the city. Free on-site parking,swimming pool and whirlpool hot-tub and gymnasium for all residents.

Rates: (Rates include breakfast, Wi-Fi and taxes and service charges - exclusive of tourism fee)

  • Standard room (single occ): AED 467
  • Standard twin/double room: AED 527

Cancellation Policy:

  • Cancellations after the 28th September will be subject to a 4 nights minimum stay charge.
  • Non-arrival reservations or early departures will be subject to the full charges.


Park Rotana Abu Dhabi

P.O. Box 43377 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates | tel: +971 2 657 3333

Distance from ADNEC: 8.2km

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Situated within the Park Complex, consisting of Park Arjaan by Rotana, The Residences by Rotana and an office building. Park Rotana is a 5 minute drive to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and ADNEC. It is 15 minutes away from Abu Dhabi International Airport and Yas Island.

  The five-star hotel is designed in a vibrant modern style offering an impressive experience in its 318 contemporary and spacious rooms and suites overlooking the Khalifa Park or Sheikh Zayed bridge. Warm, modern and well-lit, all rooms feature a sofa lounge and rain shower toilets. Some rooms also offer a separate work desk and living area.

  You will find five different venues ready to suit your taste including the award-winning restaurants, Teatro and Cooper's.  Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club offers peace and tranquillity with 6 treatment rooms, sauna and a steam room where you can rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit with energizing treatments tailored to suit your needs.

Rates: (Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi - exclusive of taxes, service charges and tourism fee)

  • Standard room (single occ): AED 850
  • Standard twin/double room: AED 950

Cancellation Policy:

  • No charges for cancellations 14 days prior to the arrival (check in) date.
  • Full charge for cancellations within 13 days of the arrival (check in) date.


The Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

ADNEC | P.O. Box 95165 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates | tel: +971 2 596 1707

Distance from ADNEC: 250 Meters

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Hotel is SOLD OUT. Check back for availability.

An Iconic Abu Dhabi Hotel, the Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi is in the iconic Capital Gate building, a Guinness World Records-certified structure which inclines a record-breaking 18 degrees.

The hotel's 189 guest rooms have a luxurious styling complemented throughout with floor to ceiling windows. You can experience tantalizing Mediterranean savours at the hotel's signature restaurant, 18 degrees and the residentially styled Lounge offers an intimate setting for Afternoon Tea or evening cocktails.

The Rayana Spa is perched on the 19th floor overlooking the city, the elevated oasis complements the hotel's other wellness amenities which include a fitness centre, a suspended outdoor pool and a whirlpool.

Rates: (Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi and are exclusive of taxes and Service Charges. These are currently 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and AED 15 municipality fee per night.)

  • Standard King Room (single occ): AED 900
  • Standard twin/double room: AED 1000
  • Deluxe Room (single occ): AED 1200
  • Deluxe Double Room: AED 1300

Cancellation Policy:

  • Bookings of 6 or more rooms will incur full cancellation charges if cancelled 45 days prior to arrival date.
  • Indivdual bookings witll incur full cancellation charges if cancelled 30 days prior to arrival date.


Hotel Centro Capital Centre by Rotana

Al Khaleej Al Arabi, Capital Centre | P.O. Box 44493 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates | tel: +971 2 409 6666

Distance from ADNEC: 450 Meters

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Hotel is SOLD OUT. Check back for availability.

Centro Capital Centre is a perfect place for business travelers, residents and holiday makers alike with its unique location close to Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in the UAE capital and only 20 minutes' drive from the airport.

Centro is a modern, stylish and affordable lifestyle business hotel. Developed by one of the most successful and applauded hotel groups in the region, Centro is a contemporary concept that is young and fresh in its approach, original in its presentation, and dynamic in its offerings. Centro Capital Centre comprises 414 rooms and studios providing essential requisites and advanced technologies.

Centro Capital Centre offers 3 dining options. c.taste restaurant serves international breakfast, lunch and dinner as buffet and a la carte. c.deli shop provides guests traveling essentials, as well as light bites and drinks – all can be delivered to the rooms. The hotel's bar c.mondo opens opportunities to spend a great evening with every-day offers.

All guests can enjoy free access to Centro Capital Centre's rooftop gym and swimming pool with stunning city views.

Rates: (Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi and inclusive of taxes and Service Charges and exclusive of tourism fee.)

  • Standard Room (single occ): AED 765
  • Standard twin/double room: AED 885

Cancellation Policy:

  • Non-refundable deposit of 100% of the total estimated amount must be received 14 days prior to check-in dates.


Aloft Abu Dhabi

ADNEC | P.O. Box 94943 | Abu Dhabi | United Arab Emirates | tel: +971 2 654

Distance from ADNEC: 150 Meters

Book Now

Hotel is SOLD OUT. Check back for availability.

Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel brings a new twist in travel to the Abu Dhabi Hotels. Easy breezy adventures await, offering free Wi-Fi, outdoor rooftop pool and ever abuzz bars and restaurants.

Set in the ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) and just a short spin away from Abu Dhabi Airport and Abu Dhabi's city sights, Aloft Abu Dhabi Hotel creates the ideal hub.

Rates: (Rates include breakfast and Wi-Fi and inclusive of taxes and Service Charges and exclusive of tourism fee. These are currently 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and AED15 municipality fee per night)

  • Standard Aloft Room (single occ): AED 735
  • Standard Aloft twin/double room: AED 795

Cancellation Policy:

  • From Reservation confirmation to 60 days prior to 25 October 2017 - 1 nights estimated revenue will be charged.
  • From 59 days to 30 days prior to 25 October 2017 - 50% of total revenue will be charged
  • Within 29 days or less prior to 25 October 2017 100% of total revenue will be charged.





TRANSPORTATION - GENERAL INFORMATION


Taxis:

  • Metered taxis come in a range of models and colors – all have a yellow sign on top and yellow stickers on the sides.
  • Taxis can be hailed on the street, prearranged with a concierge, or picked up at taxi queues outside hotels or other major venues.
  • Taxis are cash-only and accept only dirhams (AED) or USD. Drivers do not give change for payments made in USD. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Receipts are provided upon request.
  • If a taxi stops for gas, safety regulations mandate that all passengers must exit the vehicle during fueling. Drivers will enforce this rule.

Private Car Booking Services:

Due to current licensing regulations, mobile car booking service Uber does not operate in Abu Dhabi. However, international travelers may use a comparable mobile car booking service called Careem.


TRANSPORTATION - FROM ABU DHABI AIRPORT

Taxis:

Taxis are available at the Abu Dhabi airport. Taxis are cash-only and accept only dirhams (AED) or USD. Drivers do not give change for payments made in USD. Credit and debit cards are not accepted. Receipts are provided upon request.

Private Car Service:

The alternative mode of transportation between Abu Dhabi International Airport and your hotel is a pre-booked, private car service through ICANN's contracted Destination Management Company (DMC), or through your preferred hotel. For private car service reservations, email Desert Gate DMC or contact your hotel concierge. Make sure you confirm cost, cancellation policies, and terms and conditions before booking.

For private car service bookings through Desert Gate DMC, email icann60@desertgate.ae

Desert Gate DMC Pricing:

  • Standard Sedan vehicle ( up to 2 people ): USD 32
  • Mini van ( up to 7 people ): USD 50

All credit cards are accepted. A surcharge of 3% to be added as bank charge on the total amount for Visa and MasterCard. A surcharge of 4.5% to be added as bank charge on the total amount for AMEX. You will receive a confirmation upon booking.


TRANSPORTATION - FROM DUBAI AIRPORT

Emirates Airlines Shuttle:

Emirates Airlines provides a free shuttle service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi for its passengers. The detailed information is available at Emirates Shuttles

Etihad Airlines Shuttle:

Etihad Airlines provides free shuttle service between Dubai and Abu Dhabi for its passengers. The detailed information is available at Etihad Shuttles

Private Car Service:

The alternative mode of transportation between Dubai and Abu Dhabi is a pre-booked, private car service through ICANN's contracted Destination Management Company (DMC), or your preferred transportation company. For private car service reservations, email Desert Gate DMC or contact your preferred transport company. Make sure you confirm cost, cancellation policies, and terms and conditions before booking.

For private car service bookings through Desert Gate DMC, email icann60@desertgate.ae

DMC Pricing:

  • Standard Sedan vehicle ( up to 2 people ): USD 92
  • Mini van ( up to 7 people ): USD 130

All credit cards are accepted. A surcharge of 3% to be added as bank charge on the total amount for Visa and MasterCard. A surcharge of 4.5% to be added as bank charge on the total amount for AMEX. You will receive a confirmation upon booking.


TRANSPORTATION - AIRPORT CHECK-IN AT ADNEC

There is a convenient airport check-in facility within the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC).

As an international visitor for a conference at ADNEC, you can check your baggage in and let the Abu Dhabi Airport Check-In transport it to the airport for you. They also can provide secure storage for your luggage on your departure day, so you can freely enjoy the event.

The facility is open from 09:00 to 20:00 local time, seven days a week, allowing you to check in up to 24 hours before your flight.

For remote check-in at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADNEC), a charge of AED 30 per adult and AED 20 per child applies.

Additional information on this service.





INTERNATIONAL VISITORS


BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

As a convenience to the community, ICANN provides links to reference information about traveling to Public Meeting locations. Please note that the links below come from third-party resources, are given for illustrative purposes, and have not been verified or reviewed by the ICANN organization. Sources include both private and government websites.

 

When visiting any host country, it is the responsibility of each traveler to learn about visa requirements and stay informed about all information specific to any ICANN meeting location. Check with your local government bureau responsible for international travel for additional information on local laws that may be different from your country or region of residence.


TRAVEL RESOURCES

The ICANN60 meeting website highlights important information, including visa information.

Many government bureaus responsible for international travel information publish traveler checklists (example here).

The Embassy of the UAE in the U.S. has provided information for international travelers.

The Visit Abu Dhabi website contains useful information for travelers.

Special considerations for LGBTI travelers

Special considerations for female travelers


HEALTH & SAFETY

The UAE Ministry of Health has published a detailed document on how to bring medications and medical devices into the UAE – including a list of controlled medications. We encourage all travelers to check their medications against this list and to familiarize themselves with requirements for carrying any medications or medical devices into the UAE

Travelers are encouraged to:

  • Pack their medications (including over-the-counter medicines) in carry-on luggage.
  • Carry a valid prescription or note from the doctor for each medication.
  • Follow the additional requirements for controlled substances.
  • Keep the medication in its prescription bottle (with the traveler’s name on it).
  • Bring only what they need for the duration of their stay.

The medical station at the ICANN Health and Safety Center will be staffed by qualified paramedics who can prescribe standard medications (as appropriate, following a consultation).

Anyone with further questions should call the 24/7 UAE Ministry of Health Hotline: +971 (0) 800 111 11

Additional travel and health information can be found here:


LOCAL LAWS & CUSTOMS

As a guest in any country, you are responsible for understanding and respecting the local laws and customs.

ICANN recommends checking with your local government bureau responsible for international travel for additional information on local laws that may be different from your country or region of residence.


CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

The UAE Ministry of Economy provides useful information about business etiquette, language, and culture – see Doing Business in the UAE.

ICANN encourages checking with your local government bureau responsible for international travel for additional information and recommendations for cultural considerations.

Various governments also provide this link of information – see examples here:


SOCIAL MEDIA & ONLINE ACTIVITY

ICANN and the meeting host will try to make a free and unfiltered Internet available within the conference venue. However, it is important to note that it is your responsibility to understand and respect local laws and customs, which extends to your online activities, social media comments, and announcements.

For more information, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has published Internet guidelines in the UAE.





LOCATION


VENUE DETAILS

Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

Khaleej Al Arabi Street
(Also known as Coast Road or 30th Street)

Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates


KEY DETAILS

Time Zone: Gulf Time Zone – Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) +4:00

Languages: Arabic (official), English (widely used)

Currency: UAE dirham (AED)

International Call Code: +971

Emergency Contacts (Local):

  • Fire: 997
  • Ambulance: 998
  • Police: 999

Business Workweek: Sunday – Thursday

Weather in October and November:

  • Mostly sunny and humid
  • Temperature 21° C to 32° C (70° F to 90° F)

MAPS

For venue and area map CLICK HERE.


RESTAURANTS

For dining options and contact information of local restaurants





SCHEDULE


BLOCK SCHEDULE

To view the block schedule CLICK HERE.


PUBLISHED SCHEDULE

The comprehensive meeting schedule will be posted  on Monday, 9 October 2017 at https://schedule.icann.org/.


MOBILE APP

The mobile app will soon be available at https://meetingapp.icann.org/.


SPECIAL EVENTS

More Information will be posted soon.