Media Accreditation Application

Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation for the Dubai World Superseries Finals 2016 to be held at the Hamdan Sports Complex from 14-18 December 2016. Please download the application and instructions here.

About Dubai

At the crossroads between East and West, Dubai is a safe, inclusive and cosmopolitan city that’s now one of the world’s top 10 urban tourist destinations. The emirate is proud to host the Dubai World Superseries Finals and looks forward to welcoming the international badminton community.

Here’s some essential information about the emirate:

  • Climate: An arid subtropical climate with sunshine all year round. The temperature during the Finals is around 25°C.
  • Clothing: Lightweight clothing is suitable most of the year, but sweaters or jackets may be needed for winter evenings. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are advised during the day.
  • Credit cards: All major international credit cards are accepted in retailers, restaurants and hotels, although smaller shops and cafes prefer to deal in cash.
  • Culture: Dubai has a diverse and multi-cultural society with a fascinating blend of rich Arabian heritage and driving ambition that has shaped the modern place that it is today.
  • Currency: The monetary unit is the Dirham (Dhs or AED), which is divided into 100 fils. The Dirham has been pegged to the US dollar since the end of 1997 at a mid-rate of Dhs3.67.
  • Food: Dubai has a sophisticated and innovative food culture, with almost any type of cuisine available, from Gulf and Middle Eastern classics to Europe an and Pacific Rim.
  • Language(s): All road and shop signs, restaurant menus and tourist leaflets are in both Arabic and English. Other common languages are Hindi, Urdu, Taga log and Farsi.
  • Local Time: GMT + 4 hours.

Getting to Dubai

Getting to Dubai to attend the Finals is simple with such an extensive range of transport links to, from and in the city. Citizens of more than 40 countries are granted a 30-day visa, free of charge, on arrival in Dubai. See the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation for more information.

Arriving By Air
Over 120 airlines fly in and out of Dubai, so it’s easy to get to the Finals. You can also book through the UAE’s four airlines – Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, flydubai and Air Arabia.

Using Public Transport
Once you are in Dubai, there are many public transport options, including the metro, bus, taxi or boat. Find out more on the Roads and Transport Authority website: www.rta.ae.

Where to stay

The InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport Hotels.

When visiting Dubai to watch the Finals, you want to be based in the best location, and the InterContinental and Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City are ideal with the Finals taking place nearby at the Hamdan Sports Complex. Located in the heart of Dubai Festival City’s entertainment and shopping districts and just minutes from Dubai International Airport, these hotels offer a range of exquisitely designed rooms and suites with a choice of panoramic views of the city. Alternatively a short distance away, and even closer to the airport, is the Holiday Inn Express Hotel.

Things to do

Dubai’s incredible range of world-class attractions ensures visitors will have an unforgettable experience. Here’s some essential information about the emirate:

A few examples of what visiting delegates can do whilst in the emirate are listed below and further information on the full range of activities and events on offer in Dubai can be found on dubaicalendar.ae.

Golf in Dubai
Home to 11 of the finest courses on the planet, Dubai is an extraordinary golf destination that should be on every golfer’s bucket list.
More information available online here

The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)
Facilitated by SMCCU, a walking tour through Al Fahidi (Bastakiya) Historic District, one of the oldest traditional Emirati neighbourhoods with narrow lanes and tall wind-towers, offers a glimpse of historical Dubai.
More information available online here

The Dubai Pearl Museum
Sultan Al Owais was one of Dubai’s most important pearl merchants, poets and philanthropists who donated his pearl collection to the people of the UAE under custodianship of the National Bank of Dubai. To preserve this heritage, the bank has designated and created a purpose-built museum in its headquarters where this collection is displayed.
More information available online here

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
In a city where maps are updated every day, this is a unique opportunity to explore the natural habitat of the desert eco system. Located 45 kilometers to the South East of Dubai and spread over 225 square kilometers, the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is home to rare flora, fauna and migratory birds.
More information available online here

 

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