We understand the concerns related to air travel, as well as health and safety on the ground while in Dubai. We are happy to report that stringent measures across airplanes, airports, in the city and at the venue have helped boost exhibitors and visitors confidence significantly.
Latest update for visitors coming to Dubai on tourist visa
As on 30 August 2021:
- Travellers from any country can apply for tourist visas to the UAE
- They must be vaccinated by a shot approved by the WHO
- Proof can be submitted via ICA and the Al Hosn App
- Passengers must take a rapid test at the airport on arrival
- Previous rules for unvaccinated, including exempted categories, remain in place
Important update on attending Dubai business events
The Light Middle East team remains in close contact with our partners in United Arab Emirates, as well as the relevant health authorities.
On May 17, 2021, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai, which governs the Emirate’s business tourism industry, confirmed all types of business events can take place in Dubai, as they have been for the past 11 months, provided that the approved precautionary measures are in place to help ensure the safety of all attendees.
The DTCM also confirmed attendees of all Dubai business events would not require a vaccine or negative PCR test to be granted entry.
Below are some answers that have been circulated by the DTCM in response to frequently asked questions. Mindful of our duty of care, we assure all our stakeholders that the appropriate sanitary, health and safety measures measures will be in place at Light Middle East. We look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, event organisers can host all types of business events in Dubai in line with the approved precautionary measures.
For a one month trial period all attendees of specific events and activities such as concerts, gala dinners and award ceremonies will require Covid-19 vaccination, in addition to social celebrations taking place in registered venues including weddings, birthday parties, baby showers etc.
There are many events that are taking place for people to attend that do not require full vaccination, including Classical, Theatrical and Comedy shows in addition to all types of business events.
No, PCR test results are not formally required to attend any event or activity in Dubai. However vaccination is based on the type of event as described above.
Health and safety of our residents and visitors is always our utmost priority, therefore all tourist and residents are expected to comply with all precautionary measures while enjoying any of the attractions, events or activities offered in the city. This includes social distancing and wearing of masks.
There will be a full program of events, activities and retail activations for residents and visitors to attend, whilst following all precautionary guidelines and procedures. Please refer to www.visitdubai.com for details on Dubai Summer Surprises and other events.
Your safety covered throughout your journey
A recent market survey of more than 4,000 professionals from 130 countries showed that 77% of respondents viewed Dubai as the safest destination to attend exhibitions post COVID-19.
Getting to the venue
Once in Dubai, travel is easy with the availability of various public transport options: taxi, bus, or the most preferred method of transportation – the Dubai Metro.
The World Trade Centre station on the Dubai Metro is conveniently located right in front of the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre which makes it a quick and ideal mode of transportation.
View the handy guide to using the Dubai Metro
Dubai Taxi Corporation’s fleet of approximately 3,800 vehicles will ensure that you find a taxi at any time of the day to take you anywhere you want to reach in Dubai. Call them on +9714 208 0808 to make bookings on your days of travel. For more information, please visit their website.
In case you are driving to the exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, free open parking lots are available close to the exhibition halls. Highlighted by circles in the map are the 4 free open parking lots P1.a, P1.b, P1.c and P2 along with multi-storey paid parking options.
- View the venu and parking map (pdf, 166 KB)
Things to do in Dubai
The landscape is such that in a single day you can experience everything from rugged mountain climate to the beauty of the rolling desert dunes, and from the vibrancy of green parkland to the sparkling turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf.
An unmissable experience for your taste buds awaits you with the vibrant dining scene in Dubai. Food connoisseurs can experience genuine Arabic hospitability and sample the best of local and international cuisine.
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The options for sightseeing and activities in Dubai are vast and varied. Whether you’re into superstructures or desert dunes, there is something to keep you entertained.
If you like to shop you are in the right place! There are endless options depending on what you are looking for, however, for an impressive, all under 1 roof experience, a trip to the Dubai Mall is recommended. It is after all the biggest in the world. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist! You can reach the Dubai Mall from the Trade Center either by using the metro, or a short ride by taxi (approx. 3 Euro fee).
Shopping in Dubai
Some say that this city comes to life at night and there certainly is no shortage of options, ranging from intimate bars to unwind and chat to colleagues and new business contacts to energising clubs where you can really blow away the cobwebs!