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Abu Dhabi

Uncover the mixture of history and 21st century innovation in the capital of the UAE

Uncover the mixture of history and 21st century innovation in the capital of the UAE

Discover the extraordinary in Abu Dhabi!

With its historic sites intermixed with 21st century ingenuity, bringing your business events to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, its islands and desert regions couldn’t be easier. The Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau provides free and non-biased assistance and support to professional convention, incentive and exhibition planners, corporations and associations, so event planners can bid for, win and hold conferences, major business events, business meetings and congresses in Abu Dhabi.

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Mubarak Al Shamisi
Mubarak Al Shamisi Convention Bureau Director
  • Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau
  • c/o Etihad Airways
  • 200 Hammersmith Road
  • London
  • W6 7DL
  • United Kingdom
  • National Languages: Arabic , English , Hindu , Urdu
  • Time Zone: GMT +4



Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s safest destinations - in fact it was named by Numbeo as the 'safest city for 2019'. 
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, offers non-stop flights to Abu Dhabi from London Heathrow, Manchester and Dublin. British Airways also flies daily to Abu Dhabi from London Heathrow.
Access from regional airports is available through Etihad’s 18 codeshare partners or, alternatively, with KLM via Amsterdam.
Delegates flying in from any corner of the planet can take advantage of Etihad Airways’ extensive network, which serves over 70 destinations worldwide.

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Climate & Weather

This is a destination with almost year-round sunshine, little rainfall and near perfect winter temperatures.
Temperatures range from a low of around 13C (50F) on a winter's night, to a high of around 42C (118F) on a summer's day.

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Public Holidays

  • 01/01/2020, New Year
  • 23/08/2020, Islamic New Year
  • 29/10/2020, The Prophet's Birthday
  • 01/12/2020, Commemoration Day
  • 02/12/2020, UAE National Day
**changes annually

Unusual Venues

In addition to the state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the Al Ain Convention Centre and exceptional business and meeting facilities at our hotels and resorts, you can choose to host your event, function or meeting in one of our ‘venues with a difference’:

• Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

• Abu Dhabi Golf Club

• Al Forsan International Sports Resort

• Al Ghazal Golf Club 

• Desert Islands Conference Centre

• du Forum

• Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi

• Manarat Al Saadiyat

• Saadiyat Beach Club 

• Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi

• Saadiyat Beach Golf Club

• Yas Links

• Yas Marina Circuit

• Zayed Cricket Stadium

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Visa Requirements

  • The visa process is hassle-free and can be managed in a number of ways. 66 nationalities receive a free of charge visa stamp upon arrival including citizens of the EU plus Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada,  Denmark, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan,  Liechtenstein, Malaysia, New Zealand,  San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, USA and the Vatican State. Or apply via the UAE Embassy.

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A well-planned road system and plenty of sidewalks make Abu Dhabi easy to navigate. Taxis are plentiful and good value, plus a shuttle bus can take visitors between the International Airport and Yas Island. 

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Corporate Social Responsibility

The UAE’s vision is to establish itself as a global leader in Corporate Social Responsibility by creating an official federal platform for all businesses operating in the UAE.

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From Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche to the Oasis City of Al Ain and the massive dunes of the western region's Empty Quarter desert in Al Dhafra, culture, history and adventure are encapsulated in the emirate. Experience the architectural prowess of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, enjoy the peace and tranquillity of kayaking around Eastern Mangrove National Park, or marvel at the history of an emirate dotted with ancient forts and historic sites – several of which have been listed as official UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

And whether you are on your first trip to Abu Dhabi, or on a return visit, whether exploring our many natural islands, learning about the ancient sport of falconry, experiencing the emirate by land, air or sea, or soaking up the authenticity of Arabia while relaxing under the stars on a desert safari, whether you’re playing golf on one of our championship-standard courses, or spending a fun day – and money – in one of our luxurious malls, you’ll discover a destination which intrigues, captivates and invites you back.

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Team Building Events

Abu Dhabi provides an abundance of settings and terrains for team building opportunities. For groups up to 30 persons, test desert survival skills and experience a little of Emirati life with lunch and transportation for only US$125 per head at Arabian Nights Village. In the city, visit the local fish market with talented chefs for a cook off, undertake a Wildlife Talk & Scavenger Hunt with Park Hyatt’s Saadiyat Island marine biologist, a pit stop challenge at Yas Marina Circuit or put the wind in your clients’ hair with Desert Land Sailing in the expansive Liwa Desert - the gentle Arabian winds are perfect for this adventurous activity. Guests can choose to sail as a group or race against each other across the desert for US $76++ per adult per hour. These latest desert activities include fat biking on the dunes, join Qasr al Sarab’s long-established offering of desert walks, tours to the nearby Liwa Oasis, dawn yoga amid the dunes, camel trekking, desert drives and archery. For a more relaxing team building event, hire kayaks and paddle around the Eastern Mangroves National Park. Or book paddle boarding to challenge group dynamics.

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