International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Inc.
General Information

Learn about various local customs, information and travel tips below:

ATM/Cash machines
ATMs are widely accessible and are generally the best way to obtain AED.

Banks and foreign exchange offices
Banks are open Saturday to Thursday and are closed on Fridays. Personal checks are not widely used in the UAE. Exchanging cash or travelers checks is relatively easy in Dubai. There are many exchange centers located throughout the main shopping malls. Hotels should also be able to exchange money for you as well.

Climate 
The summer months, July – September, are hot and humid with temperatures around 40°C and potentially warmer the further inland you go.

Credit cards
All major international credit cards, such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or Visa are generally accepted in the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops. Smaller retail shops prefer to deal in cash.

Currency
The Dirham (Dh or AED) is the unit of currency in Dubai.

Electricity 
220 Volts; Plug points are the same as in the US. 

Emergency phone numbers
901 for all emergencies (police, fire, medical). Callers will then be placed through to the appropriate emergency service. Calls are free from any phone (mobile or fixed-line).

Language
All presentations will be presented in English. The national language of the UAE is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. The other languages that are commonly spoken are Hindi, Urdu and Farsi. 

Time
Standard time zone is GMT +4 hours. There is no change in time keeping between summer and winter.

Business days and hours
UAE operates on a Sunday – Thursday week for business operations. Friday is the Muslim rest day. Typical business office hours are 8:30 – 9:00 to 17:30 – 18:00.

Tipping
A service charge is NOT usually added to hotel and restaurant bills in Dubai. However, it is customary to tip an additional 10% + (the amount depending on the quality of the service you receive) if the service warrants.
In hotels, tip AED 5-10 for bellhops who carry your luggage up to the room. 

Travel insurance 
A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is recommended. The ISTH will not be held liable for illness, accidents or thefts suffered by participants or accompanying persons during the Course or their stay in Dubai before or after the Course.

Visa
Citizens of the following countries are not required to have a visa to enter the UAE. Any countries not listed will need to obtain a visa. More information on obtaining a visa can be found below.

Andorra

Hong Kong

Poland

Australia

Hungary

Portugal

Austria

Iceland

Romania

Belgium

Ireland

San Marino

Brunei

Italy

Singapore

Bulgaria

Japan

Slovakia

Canada

Latvia

Slovenia

Croatia

Liechtenstein

South Korea

Cyprus

Lithuania

Spain

Czech Republic

Luxembourg

Sweden

Denmark

Malaysia

Switzerland

Estonia

Malta

United Kingdom

Finland

Monaco

United States of America

France

Netherlands

The Vatican 

Germany

New Zealand

 

Greece

Norway

 

http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/uae_visas.aspx
For those whose country is listed above, your passport will be stamped with a 30-day visit visa free of charge. Your visa can be extended for an additional 30 days for a fee.

Citizens from countries not mentioned above need a visa to enter Dubai, which may be requested at the Dubai Department of Naturalization & Residency website.

If you book a flight on Emirates Airlines, they can serve as your sponsor to obtain a visa. Once your flight is purchased through emirates.com, you can apply and pay for a visa. Please keep in mind that they request that your passport have at least six months’ validity as of the date of travel to Dubai to issue you a visa. The cost for a 96 hour (4 day) visa is AED 200 and a visitor visa is AED 250; which is around 55 USD and 70 USD, respectively. Again, once your flight is booked, you may apply for a visa through emirates.com. At least four international working days prior to your arrival to Dubai is required. It is requested that you book your travel and apply for your visa as early as possible.

Additional resources
More information about Dubai and UAE can be found at:
http://www.discover-dubai.ae/
http://visiting.definitelydubai.com/


Key Dates

January 31, 2015
Registration Opens

July 16, 2015
Early Registration Closes

September 14-17, 2015
ISTH Advanced Training Course, Dubai

International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis, Inc.