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United Nations Development Programme
Arab Knowledge Project Second Core Team Meeting
AfTIAS - Aid for Trade Initiative for Arab States
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
08 - 09 Apr 2016
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Arab Knowledge Project will hold its second core team meeting in Dubai on April 7, 8 and 9 to discuss the work plan of the second phase of its Arab Knowledge Index. As part of its new phase, the AKP will be analysing the results and outputs of the Arab Knowledge Index, and will also be developing a refined second Arab Knowledge Index, a summary measure that best reflects knowledge accumulation, production and consumption from a development perspective, taking into consideration the specific socio-cultural context, needs and challenges of the Arab region. The Arab Knowledge Index will be focusing on pre-university education, higher educational, technical vocational education and training, Research & Development and Innovation, Information and Communications Technology, and the economy).
Also, as the Arab region is witnessing a big interest on reading providing that it is a cornerstone to culture and education, and as many strategies and initiatives were put to encourage reading, the Arab Knowledge Project will consecrate a part of its work in 2016 to measure Reading in the Arab region through a separate study that would be consisting of a conceptual methodology in addition to indicators and data. The Index would help measure the effect of these initiatives towards achieving higher rates of reading.

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1. Arrival and Departure:

Participants are expected to arrive on 16 June and depart on 19 June 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints.

2. Hotel Accommodation:

Rooms have been reserved for participants at Crowne Plaza Dubai Hotel.
UNDP will cover participants’ accommodation for 3 nights from 16 till 19 June 2016 unless additional nights are required by travel constraints. 
Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred during their stay such as mini-bar, alcohol, telephone calls, laundry, business center, spa, etc.

3. Extra Meals:

Participants can dine at any of the hotel’s restaurants. UNDP will cover the extra meals for up to USD 45.00 per meal (lunch and/or dinner). Should the value of the meal exceed the mentioned amount, the extra charges will be added to your personal bill. Alcohol, tobacco and shisha are not covered. 
Iftar will be provided at the hotel’s Al Dana Café restaurant on 17-18 June 2016.

4. Visa Formalities:

Participants travelling with national passports from non-restricted countries (refer to Annex – I here enclosed) don’t require a pre-approved visa prior to travelling to UAE. Those travelling with valid UNLP or with national passport from restricted countries (any country that is not mentioned in Annex I) are required to obtain visa prior to travelling. Please consult with the UAE Embassy in your country to avoid any delays.

5. Transportation:

UNDP is arranging for participants’ airport transportation from Dubai International Airport to the Crowne Plaza Dubai Hotel and vice versa. A sign with your name will be shown at the airport for easy guide.
Transportation will also be arranged from Crowne Plaza Dubai to the World Trade Center (meeting venue) and vice versa on 17 and 18 June 2016 as per the timing indicated on the meeting agenda.
6. Fax/E-mail/Printing:

A business center is available at the Hotel for Fax/e-mail and printing of documents. Participants are kindly requested to cover extra expenses incurred from using the hotel business center services.

7. Internet:

Free wireless connection will be available in all the rooms.

8. Voltage:

The voltage in UAE is 220-240 Volts. The majority outlets accept one type of plug with three rectangular British style pins. If you travel to UAE with a device that does not accept 220-240 Volts, you will need a voltage converter. Although most laptops are designed for travelers and auto-sense and auto-switch between 110 and 240 volts, participants need to check for this capability before bringing their equipment to UAE. If a laptop does not have the right plug, you will also need to bring a plug adapter.

9. Currency and Exchange Rate:

Exchange rate: US$ 1.00 = AED 3.673 (as per UN June 2016 exchange rate
The US dollar is accepted in the local market. Visa, Master Card & American Express are widely used in the United Arab Emirates.
Keep a few small notes (US$1) handy for tips to porters, bell boys, etc.

10. Weather:

High temperatures in June rise to 41°C (105.8°F), while night-time temperatures may drop to 30°C (86°F).
You can follow weather updates on Dubai by clicking the below link: 

11. Emergency Contacts:

  • Police & Ambulance Service: 999 
  • Fire Department: 997

Friday 8 April 2016

08:30am– 08:45am    Gathering at the hotel lobby
08:45am – 09:00am   Departure from the Hotel to MBRF
09:00am – 10:30am   Opening Session
10:30am – 11:00am   Coffee Break
11:00am – 12:00am   Pre-University Index Presentation and Discussion.
12:00pm – 13:00pm   Higher Education Index Presentation and Discussion
13:00pm – 14:30pm   Lunch
14:30pm – 15:30pm   Technical Vocational Education and Training Index Presentation and     Discussion
15:30pm – 15:45pm   Departure from MBRF to the Hotel

Saturday 9 April 2016

08:30am – 08:45am   Gathering at the hotel lobby
08:45am – 09:00am   Departure from the Hotel to MBRF
09:00am – 10:00am   R&D and Innovation Index Presentation and Discussion.
10:00am – 10:30am   Coffee Break
10:30am – 11:30am   Economy Index Presentation and Discussion   
11:30am – 12:30pm   ICT Index Presentation and Discussion
12:30pm – 14:00pm   Lunch
14:00pm – 15:30pm   Reading Index Presentation and Discussion
15:30pm – 15:45pm   Departure from MBRF to the Hotel

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