Commonwealth ICT Investment Forum


Visa Information

Passports are required by everyone entering the United Arab Emirates. Passports must contain at least 2 blank pages and must be valid for no less than 30 days from the date of exit. Your passport or identity card will be checked when you arrive at a port or airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to make sure you’re allowed to enter the country and it must be valid for the duration of your stay in the United Arab Emirates.

You may need a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates . All delegates are fully responsible for their own visa arrangements. The CTO can assist by providing Participant Registration confirmation letter and supporting letter to apply for a Visa.

Passport holders of countries listed below do not require a Visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. Passport holders of counties not listed below, must apply for a Visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.  All delegates who require a Visa will have to visit their nearest UAE Embassy/Consulate.

**All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration. CTO will be happy to assist with an Invitation Letter on request**

Before you travel to Commonwealth ICT Invest 2017, kindly make sure to check  whether or not you need a visa by clicking here. 

Passport holders from the counties listed below, do not require a visa to enter the United Arab Emirates:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America &The Vatican.

Note: If your country is not listed above, please check with your nearest UAE Embassy/Consulate for any updates. 

As soon as you have registered and paid for your pass in full, we will be happy to prepare a visa support letter for you, should you require one. Please complete the below table and send to   

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Country profile

The United Arab Emirates is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar, Iran and Pakistan. Established on 2 December 1971, UAE is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. The capital is Abu Dhabi, which is one of the two centers of commercial and cultural activities, together with Dubai.

Dubai is well underway to become the world’s most innovative city and the vision is not far from reality.

  • ICT spending in the region to hit $260 Billion in 2016
  • The UAE ranks first among 14 MENA countries in ICT readiness and economic growth
  •  1/3 of the world’s population live within 4 hours of Dubai?
  • 70% of the World’s Fortune 500 companies have a base of operations here

Based at the centre of this meeting point between East and West, GITEX Technology Week has become the perfect place for technology companies to connect with senior decision makers, discover the latest innovations and showcase their most impressive new ideas to an expectant market.

As a centre of on-going ICT innovations being driven by extensive government investment into new smart city developments, Dubai now enjoys a reputation as a world-renowned hubs for digital economy innovation, with tech entrepreneurs predicted to add $14bn to the UAE’s GDP by 2020


The unit of currency is Dirham (AED)

UAE Dirham (AED, also written as Dhs) = 100 fils. Notes are in denominations of AED1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of AED1, and 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils (10 and 5 fils coins are rarely used).

The Dirham is tied to the US Dollar.
To check up to date exchange rates, please visit Rates are around: –

1USD           AED 3.671
GBP            AED 4.46

Business operating hours

Most business in Dubai is open from 7am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm. Banks are open from 8am to 3pm from Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to noon on Thursday and closed on Fridays and Public Holidays.


Banks and business are closed on Friday. Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATM are also widely available throughout the country.

Credit cards
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. ATMs are found across the UAE, mostly in the major cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

ATMs accept foreign debit and credit cards including Switch, Maestro, Visa, Union Pay and Cirrus, and can be found throughout the UAE, in shopping malls, hotels and petrol stations. However, cash back is not commonly available in the UAE. Plan ahead if you are taking taxis, they will only accept cash and often only small notes and change.

Travellers cheques
These are widely accepted, though not often used. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling.

 Currency restriction
Travellers can carry a maximum of AED100,000 (or the equivalent in foreign currency) into or out of the country undeclared. Anything over this amount must be declared at customs.

Currency exchange
Most hotels will handle the exchange of foreign currency as well as many major banks. Many of the large shopping malls have bureaux de change. Recommended bureaux de change include UAE Exchange located at Dubai Mall and Marina Mall, both in Dubai, or Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi.


Best time to visit

Year-round sunny skies and warm waters make Dubai endlessly inviting. The heat and humidity of summer (between late April and early September) is offset by giant air-conditioned malls and enclosed public spaces. Indeed, Dubai must be the only city in the world where you can ski in the snow when the outside temperature is 50°C (122°F). If visiting the surrounding desert, it’s better to avoid the midsummer heat and plump for the balmy winter season. Shoppers will be particularly keen to time their visit with the Dubai Shopping Festival (January/February) when the city is abuzz with bargain hunters.


Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE, English is the most spoken language in Dubai. Around 75% of the population in Dubai are expatriates, most of whom speak English and/or their native language. There are a lot of different nationals working in Dubai, so you are likely to find someone who speaks your language.


Greenwich Mean Time Zone  (GMT +00:00)


Dialling Code +971


In the United Arab Emirates the power sockets are of type C, D and G. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Useful websites about Travelling to Dubai Click  for more details – Click