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BEWARE OF HOUSING PIRACY COMPANIES
Housing pirates impersonate official housing bureaus for events even though they have no affiliation with the event organisers. They may convince you to give them credit card and other sensitive information with promises of great hotel room rates that they may or may not deliver. Once on site for your meeting, unsuspecting attendees and exhibitors may realise they have been scammed. If not illegal, the behavior is highly unethical.
Scammers may hunt for attendee lists on a group’s website and may troll social media to find people. They then get to group members via telephone, e-mail or even a fake website that looks official. These fraudsters inform message recipients they are calling on the group's behalf to secure hotel rooms for them. They may refer to the conference location city and specific conference hotels and tell the person the room block is nearly sold out so they need to reserve their rooms immediately, etc. Group members who fall prey to the sales tactics divulge credit card information and even complete room reservation forms.
Please note that PR Medical Events is not an official partner of IDF and its website http://www.pr-medicalevents.com/congress/idf-2017 is NOT an official IDF website nor is it associated with or authorised by IDF to offer hotel accommodation at the IDF 2017 Congress.
International Conference Services ICS is the EXCLUSIVE officially appointed housing agency to handle accommodation for the IDF 2017 Congress. Only by booking through the officially appointed housing agency can you support IDF and help ensure affordable hotel rates and a reasonable pricing policy for future congresses.
International Conference Services (ICS) is the official and exclusive housing bureau for the IDF Congress 2017, offering assistance with the coordination of housing requests.
Please be aware of fraudulent websites claiming to act on behalf of IDF and offering services related to the IDF Congress 2017. IDF cannot accept any liability for any false, inappropriate or incomplete information presented on third-party fraudulent websites. In no circumstance shall IDF be liable for any loss or damage suffered as a result of booking rooms or registering via third party websites.
ICS have secured rooms in different hotel categories across Abu Dhabi. Visit our housing portal at the link below for easy and convenient booking.
All sponsors, exhibitors and delegates are encouraged to book only through the ICS housing bureau to benefit from special rates.
IDF Congress Housing Bureau:
T: +1 720 325 2944
Fax: +1 604 681 1049
For group bookings (10 or more) please contact:
T: +1 604 681 2153
Hotel rates are quoted in United Arab Emirates Dirham AED.
Esser Travel is the official travel agency for the IDF Congress 2017 and will offer assistance with the coordination of travel requests.
Book your flight here* and benefit from discounts of up to 20% on Star Alliance airlines. These reduced rates are only applicable to flights booked through the IDF website.
*Please note that flight schedules for December 2017 may not yet be available.
IDF 2017 Congress Travel Agency:
T: + 30 21 0963 2404
F: +30 21 0963 2589
Please read the information below to check if you can obtain a visa on arrival or if you require a prearranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.
Citizens of eligible countries/regions are allowed to enter the UAE without a visa prior to arrival.
*Delegates from the Republic of China:
The United Arab Emirates’ government has introduced a ‘Visa On Arrival’ initiative for visitors holding passports from the Republic of China, a scheme currently in operation for visitors from 47 countries and visitors from GCC nations. The scheme is already in operation in advance of Abu Dhabi’s hosting of the International Diabetes Congress, and we look forward to welcoming Republic of China delegates as a result of its initiative.
Nationals of countries not included in the visa on arrival list will require a prearranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.
The easiest way to obtain a UAE Visa is to apply online - http://www.ttsuaevisas.com/idf2017 (link active as of 10 October 2017)*
Documents to prepare:
Fee: AED370 / US$100 to be paid by credit card or PayPal at the end of the application process.
A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you when your application has been received. The progress of your application can be checked online.
After communication from UAE Immigration, an email will be sent to you with the corresponding decision. Successful applicants will then receive their visas by email.
After receiving your visa, you must print it out and carry it with you for boarding the airplane
Alternatively, you can apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy.
*PLEASE NOTE: prearranged visas are only valid for 60 days from the date that they are issued (i.e. you have to enter the UAE within 60 days, or the visa becomes invalid). Therefore, the online visa application page will not be available until approx. 58 days before the event start date - 10 October 2017.
Visa Application Timing
If the online application link indicated above is used, the processing time for an application is typically 3-5 UAE working days (Sunday to Thursday).
Whether an application is approved or not is at the sole discretion of the UAE Immigration Department and it is no other party’s responsibility if the visa is declined. Fees paid in regards to approved or declined application cannot be refunded.
Issuance of a visa or approval on the visa application does not in any way guarantee right of entry to UAE. Entry is at the sole discretion of the Immigration officer at the Airport.
ADNEC, the IDF Congress 2017 venue, is easy to get to via Abu Dhabi’s extensive public transport network.
If you are travelling by taxi from Abu Dhabi Airport, ADNEC is just a 20-minute drive.
From Abu Dhabi Corniche, ADNEC is located just 15 minutes away.
Abu Dhabi’s taxi network is operated by TransAd. To book a taxi through TransAd call 600 53 53 53
ADNEC is serviced by bus number 040, seven days a week.
For more information on bus routes, services and fares please see the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport website.
A free shuttle service will be available between official hotels and ADNEC. Further details will be provided closer to the event.