DFIMEC 2016 will take place at the American University in Dubai (AUD), School of Engineering, from the 11th to 12th May 2016. Strategically situated in the west suburbs of Dubai, the AUD campus adjoins Media City, Internet City and Dubai Marina, and is located within a mile from the Palm Jumeirah, The World Islands, and Jebel Ali Free Zone.

For out-of-town attendees, hotel information is given in the Accommodation Section. Additional visitor information is also available in this visitor's guide.

If you are arriving through Dubai International (DXB), we recommend using the taxi (cab) service from the airport to your hotel. The fare from the airport to the hotel or University will be around AED 80 (US $20).

Visit visas are required for entry into the UAE. Citizens of certain countries are exempt from the visit visa requirement. Please consult with the nearest UAE embassy or consulate. If required, a visit visa can be provided by your hotel, or by applying directly through the nearest UAE consulate. If you require a letter confirming your registration and participation at the Conference, please contact Raquel Acedera by email:



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