Visas to the UAE are pretty straightforward, however make sure to check the latest visa requirements as laws can change without prior notice. Remember to make sure your passport has at least six months validity and one free page remaining for your visa issuance and entry stamp.
If you are a citizen of one of the following countries, you can get your visa at the airport on arrival:
* Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Hong Kong , Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Vatican City.
* GCC nationals (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman) You will be issued a Tourist Visa which entitles its holder to a 30 day stay and can be extended for another 30 days.
If you're not from one of the countries listed above, then you can get your visa using one of the following methods:
* The hotel that you will be staying at - once you make a booking, you can contact them and they can arrange your visa for a fee.
* If you are flying on Emirates or Etihad, they can organise the visa for you. Please check on their websites for more info.
If you have more questions, email us and we’ll help.
GPP2016 attendees can avail of the following special rate at the Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City:
AED 420 (USD 115) + AED 10 tourism fee for single occupancy / AED 450 (USD 125) + AED 10 tourism fee for double occupancy.
The hotel is located 5 minutes walking distance from the Knowledge Village where the workshops and main events of GPP 2016 take place.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell them you are planning to attend GPP2016. You will need to provide your credit card details to secure your place, but will not be charged at the time of booking.
Be sure to ask for the GPP 2016 rate when making your reservation by phone or email.
Here are the hotel's details:
Holiday Inn Express Dubai Internet City
PO Box 282647
Tel: +971 (0)4 427 5555
Fax: +971 (0) 4 427 2410
You have several options for ground transport when you arrive at Dubai International Airport (DXB):
1) Arrange for the Holiday Inn Express to send a car - the cost is Dhs 120/- or roughly US$ 30/-). You will need to let them know 48 hours in advance at least and refer to your reservation number.
2) Take a taxi to the hotel from the airport - very efficient, safe and you should get one with ease at the airport, just follow the signs when you exit the airport arrival area. The fare will be around Dhs 80-100/- (US $20-$25) or so depending on time of day, traffic, etc.
3) Depending on your arrival time, you could as well take the Dubai Metro as far as the Dubai Internet City Metro Station and you'll need to take a short cab ride from the station to your hotel. It will take you 50mins from the airport and a standard metro fare will be around Dhs 7 (US $2 ) per person. More info here.
If it’s your first time in the UAE, you may have some questions on the do's and dont's of this country. Here's a good resource to learn about etiquette in this country.
If you've never been to the UAE and don't know what and where to shoot, here's a handy guide to the Top 10 places to shoot in Dubai and beyond. You have a lot to look forward to!