Travel & Transportation

International Travel


IDEA is proud to be an organization that represents a diverse membership from over 25 different countries around the world. Our conferences have always been and will always be open to anyone who has an interest in district energy, regardless of immigration status or nationality. We will strive to assist anyone traveling internationally to an IDEA conference by providing any and all information and support that we are able.

Entry Visas


Before you travel to the UAE, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if needed. To find out if you need a visa for your visit, please click the "More Information" button to the left. Additional information about travel from the United States can be found here.

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Air Travel

Dubai International Airport has 130 airlines that provide direct links to 220 destinations around the world. Direct flights are now available from every continent in the world. Dubai International Airport is comprised of 3 terminals including Emirates Terminal 3. The Atlantis Hotel is about 26 kilometers from the city centre and 36 kilometers from Dubai International Airport. Marhaba and Al Madjlis services are available at Dubai International Airport, click for more information about Marhaba and Al Madjlis services.

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Public Transportation

The Dubai Metro is a clean, air-conditioned and modern system, directly linked to Dubai International Airport where trains run roughly every 10 minutes from Terminals 1 and 3. There are just two lines, making the network simple to use even for newcomers. Most stations have connecting buses and taxi ranks for onward travel. Most major hotels and tourist destinations are relatively close to a station. To get to the Atlantis from the Airport take the Dubai Metro from the Metro station at your terminal towards Jebel Ali. Stop at Mall of the Emirates Station, and take a taxi directly to Atlantis, The Palm. Transport doesn’t get much easier than the Dubai Metro!

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Taxis are a popular way to get around Dubai. They are efficient, metered and reasonably-priced, with well-trained and courteous drivers. You can spot Dubai Taxi cabs by their cream colour. Those with a pink trim have female drivers. To get a taxi from the airport follow the signs to the official taxi rank at each terminal. The ranks are well organised, with taxis waiting 24/7. There’s an AED25 flag charge from the airport. The charge for each km is AED1.96.

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