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Arab Knowledge Project Fourth Core Team Meeting
AKP - Arab Knowledge Project
Dubai - United Arab Emirates
17 - 18 Jun 2016
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates
The Arab Knowledge Project builds on three Arab Knowledge Reports, the Arab Knowledge Index and the portal The three Reports are: the “Arab Knowledge Report 2009: Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge”, the “Arab Knowledge Report 2010/2011: Preparing Future Generations for the Knowledge Society” and the “Arab Knowledge Report 2014: Youth and Localisation of Knowledge”. Throughout the preparation stages of all three reports, it has been continuously confirmed that there is a significant lack of credible data and research that can feed the decision making process in the areas of knowledge and development. This led to the development of the Arab Knowledge Index, an index that best reflects “knowledge from a development perspective” in the Arab region, while taking into consideration the Arab region’s specific context, needs and challenges, and focusing as well on the critical role of Arab youth in the establishment of the knowledge society in the Arab region. The Arab Knowledge Index focuses on six critical sectors: Education at its Pre-University, Higher and Technical Vocational and Training levels, Research & Development and Innovation, Economy, and ICT.

As part of its new phase, the AKP will be developing the 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.

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.

As part of the preparation phase of building the second version of the AKI, the AKP will be holding its fourth Core Team meeting to follow-up on the progress achieved by the core team members in the development of the Arab Knowledge Index and Reading Index. This meeting is scheduled to take place on 17-18 June 2016 at the MBRF premises in Dubai. During the meeting, the experts are supposed to submit the drafts of the Index, which will be thoroughly discussed by all members. The surveys shall also be drafted and should reach their finals forms. 
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Other Information
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 

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

Friday 17 June 2016

09:30 - 09:45 Gathering at the hotel lobby
09:45 – 10:00 Departure from the Hotel to MBRF
10:00 – 11:00 Opening Session
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Session I
12:15 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 16:00 Session II
16:00 – 16:15 Departure from MBRF to the Hotel

Saturday 18 June 2016

09:30 – 09:45 Gathering at the Hotel lobby
09:45 – 10:00 Departure from the Hotel to MBRF
10:00 – 11:00 Opening Session
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 13:30 Session I
13:30 – 13:45 Break
13:45 – 16:00 Session II
16:00 – 16:15 Departure from MBRF to the Hotel   

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