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If you need any further information on the Event, please do not hesitate to contact :

Brigitte HELDERWEIRT
Administrative Secretary
Telephone: 32 2 547 58 41
E-mail: brigitte@aidn-inla.be
INLA Website: www.aidn-inla.be


DAY – 1 | Sunday, 4 November 2018

  • Weather was a lovely 28 degrees with a nice and pleasant breeze.
  • 34 international guests including 2 young girls and an experienced crew for photography and videography.
  • Host sponsor volunteered 2 Emiratis to join the international guests to experience an authentic introduction to the UAE culture with a modern twist.
  • 2 international licensed professional tour guides were also made available whom were fluent in English, Italian and Dutch from Arabian Adventures.
  • Departed from the Ritz Carlton, Grand Canal hotel at 1015am and returned to the Ritz at 330pm from the Cultural Tour.
  • Started the day by visiting Zayed Centre to learn the historical life story of the late Sheikh Zayed, the founder of UAE.
  • Moved onto boarding a traditional Dhow Cruise boat to enjoy a relaxing two hour cruise along the glittering Abu Dhabi Corniche.
  • Ended the day by visiting the Heritage village to explore the exhibits of the Bedouin lifestyle and heritage.
  • Guests enjoyed witnessing the quick introduction to the UAE history and learning few things about the cultural elements.

DAY – 2 | Monday, 5 November 2018

DAY – 3 | Tuesday, 6 November 2018

  • Daytime weather was a nice 31 degrees and mostly sunny and Evening weather was a cool 23 degrees.
  • There were 2 tours provided during the day (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon) of which a total of 37 international guests visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Wahat Al Karama.
  • The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as one of the world’s largest with a capacity of over 40,000 worshippers and the only one that captures unique interactions between Islam and world cultures.
  • Wahat Al Karama or the “oasis of dignity” is a permanent tribute landmark and war memorial to honor and commemorate the UAE’s fallen soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the service of the nation.
  • There were another 2 tours provided during the evening of which a further 85 conference delegates visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
  • All groups had licensed professional tour guides as well as an experienced photography and videography crew.
  • The female guests were gifted with a beautiful pashmina to wear whilst visiting the Mosque and to keep as a lovely reminder of their visit to the Mosque.
  • Guests enjoyed exploring the amazing architectural marvel and learning insights of the Islamic faith and offered condolences for the fallen soldiers.

DAY – 4 | Wednesday, 7 November 2018

  • The weather was a pleasant 29 degrees and mostly sunny.
  • The tour started from the Ritz Carlton, Grand Canal hotel Abu Dhabi at 9.30am and the guests returned by 4pm.
  • A total of 35 international guests were escorted by a licensed professional tour guide fluent in English, Spanish, Italian & French as well as an experienced photography and videography crew.
  • The guests visited the Falcon Hospital for an exclusive education session followed by a tour of the Emirates Palace which included a sumptuous lunch at Le Vendome and then explored the Dates Market with special guidance and cultural explication.

The falcon Hospital:

  • The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the world’s foremost falcon welfare institution, and the first of its kind and has become one of the largest avian hospitals attending to over 6,000 falcons each year. The hospital operates under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and has proven itself one of Abu Dhabi’s major tourist attractions.

Emirates palace:

  • An iconic Abu Dhabi landmark, the beautiful Emirates Palace hotel blends Arabian splendour with the latest luxuries to create a magical and memorable experience. The main Palace building stretches over a kilometre from wing to wing, and its gardens and surroundings spread across 100 hectares. The hotel features 114 domes, with the central dome at an imposing 72.6 metres above ground. Gold, mother of pearl and crystals dominate the interior and has 1,002 chandeliers, the largest weighing 2.5 tonnes.

The Dates Market:

  • The Dates Market is a traditional hidden gem in the vegetable and fruit market at Port Zayed where guests sampled more than a dozen of different varieties of fresh and dried dates from across the Middle East displayed in wooden barrels. This special delicatessen from Arabia serves as a great gift for family back home wanting a flavour of the Middle East.
  • Whilst guests were onboard the coach being transported from venue to venue, they were enlightened with information about the great city of Abu Dhabi and enjoyed seeing the various landmarks and buildings along the famous Corniche.

DAY – 5 | Thursday, 8 November 2018

  • All attendees were provided a complimentary transfer from The Ritz Carlton hotel to visit The Louvre Abu Dhabi museum. Situated on the edge of Saadiyat Island, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is poised between sand and sea and reflects a desire to create a universal museum where all cultures are gathered together.
  • Upon arrival, all guests received a multi-media headset so they could enjoy a self-guided tour at the pace of their own leisure to view the artworks and artefacts from different cultures followed by a meal in the Museum Café.
  • The day was kindly sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and all 216 international attendees were appreciative of their unique experience.