About the Conference
The 2019 World Link for Law conference will be held between Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th March in Dubai at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel (The main conference days are on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th March, up to lunchtime).
Dubai is a fast growing, cosmopolitan, international business centre and meeting place for entrepreneurs worldwide in a city with dynamic architecture and leisure activities.
Our conference will be held in the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel located in the Marina area of the city, near Dubai Media City and with views out to the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island and the recently constructed Dubai ‘Eye’. There are many restaurants and shops along the ‘Walk’ in front of the hotel, which is adjacent to the beach front. Further details are in the Tourist Information section, which contain other useful information about how to get to the conference hotel.
Although Dubai is quite expensive, conference prices have been subsidised by the Associations’ budget surplus and therefore very reasonable; also, special room rates have been negotiated at the Sofitel. There are also free places for ‘Young Lawyers’ (if accompanied by another representative of a member firm).
Thursday (14th March) and Friday– up to lunch time (15th March) are the 'conference days', and will include interesting speaker sessions on a variety of current international legal and business issues, plus buffet lunches and coffees/tea breaks for delegates, (lunches on both days at the Sofitel in the main restaurant). There will be opportunities to attend International Arbitration, and Tax Law Special Interest Group meetings for those that wish to participate.
On Wednesday 13th March, before the first day of the conference, in the afternoon, there will be a Mergers & Acquisitions group meeting.
In the evening, there is a pre-conference ‘welcome’ group dinner in the Marina area, a short walk from the hotel at Abd El Wahab (Lebanese) restaurant at Pier 7 in Dubai Marina.
After the first conference day on Thursday 14th March there will be a group dinner on an outside terrace at the Sofitel preceded by a drinks reception.
On Friday March 15th in the late afternoon, there will be a 2 hour Dhow cruise around Dubai Creek, with a group dinner at Ewaan restaurant beneath the Burj Khalifa. Ewaan is mixed Arabian and western cuisine (serve yourself buffet style). It one of the top restaurants catering for groups in Dubai.
On Saturday March 16, we offer two excursion options, in the morning and delegates/guests can choose either: (a) a visit to “At the Top” at Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and the Aquarium at Dubai Mall or (b) Deira old town and Souks guided tour with river taxi to the Old Fort.
DELEGATE COST (30% discount for members and Free for Young Lawyers)Delegate prices for Thursday, 14th March and Friday, 15th March
All member firm delegates, one price - £385 (except Young lawyers). This is a 30% discount, as agreed by the Board, to be absorbed by part of the World Link financial surplus. The actual cost should be £550.
For main delegates or senior lawyers, the delegate price includes all conference delegate materials, conference lunches and coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday day time, but not the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening group dinners, and the social excursions, which are extra costs.
For Young Lawyers, the offer includes all conference delegate materials, conference lunches and coffee breaks, on Thursday and Friday day time, and also the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening group dinners (if booked), but not the social excursions which are extra costs. This benefit only applies to one Young Lawyer, per member law firm.
If a Young Lawyer is not accompanied by another senior lawyer from their firm, their cost will become £385 and group dinners will be charged. Please note that on Friday – it’s a ‘Brunch’ at the Sofitel as most hotels provide this on the first day of the weekend.
BOOKING DEADLINE: 12th February 2019
IMPORTANT, PLEASE NOTE: If you book at an alternative hotel or book at the conference hotel by a third-party agent/web site e.g. booking.com, World Link reserves the right to charge an additional £100 GBP on the delegate fee, per person (irrespective of the type of person booking), to cover possible financial attrition penalties which World Link may incur if our room quota is not utilised. But we will discuss this with you first before levying any charge.
Please use this website to find out about: The Conference Hotel, the Conference Programme, Excursions & Dinners, Tourist Information and details of Conference Fees & Booking.
Please complete the Conference Booking Form to reserve your place at the conference (on the World Link web site); and book your hotel bedroom by using the hotel booking form (details in the Conference Hotel section below and/or the Fees & Booking section). The conference booking form is not available on-line as special terms have been agreed which vary (beneficially for us) from their master on-line terms for normal bookings.
VERY IMPORTANT KEY DATES: You must book your conference place and bedrooms by February 12th at the latest; and pre-pay World Link for Law for your delegate place by March 1st (or a conference place or attendance to events is not confirmed/guaranteed). Please see the terms and conditions of booking for further information. After 12th February, the room block at the conference hotel will lapse and attempted reservations thereafter will be subject to prevailing rates.
If you have a question about the conference, or require assistance, please contact Tony Firth, Executive Consultant of World Link for Law. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 00 44 7736 234 880.
About the Hotel
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Each Sofitel is a unique blend of the French art de vivre and local refinement. An exotic Arabian journey with a French twist begins at Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, which rises magnificently on a vibrant promenade reminiscent of the French Riviera.
Overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and white sands of Jumeirah beach, the hotel is located close to the dynamic business hubs of Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City, Jebel Ali Free Zone, as well as the famous Mall of the Emirates.
Distinctive French savoir-faire lies at the heart of your dining experience, which blends Arabian cuisine with global flavours. Bask in a sophisticated ambiance and sample fragrant shisha, a tradition central to Arabic social life.
Superior Room: King or Twin ( + upgrade options subject to availability)
- 35 square metres / 377 square feet
- 1 King Size Signature My Bed®
- Mini-bar, tea/coffee making facility
- Free Wi-Fi and high-speed internet
- 32” Samsung LCD TV, DVD player
- Baby crib available / No rollaway bed accepted
- Iron and board, Hair Dryer, Bose Wave® music system
- Modern rooms with a blend of French and Arabic décor
- Deluxe Bathroom Facilities with separate shower and tub equipped with Lanvin bathroom amenities
- Private balcony, side sea view across the waters of the Arabian Gulf, either towards Palm Jumeirah or Jebel Ali. Please note that the hotel provides beach towels and a beach pack if required.
Room rates for double occupancy: AED 1020 per room / night
The above rates include 7% Municipality Fees / 10% Service Charges and 5% VAT (The Hotel reserves the right to amend these rates in case of any changes due to the introduction of a new government levy); complimentary usage of WIFI Internet connection; Buffet Breakfast, served in AOC International restaurant (excluding room service breakfasts)
The above rates do not include: Tourism Dirham Fees AED 20 per room / per night
Method of reservation for hotel accommodation - Please use the separate booking form provided; save it to your system. Please return this form by email before 12 February 2019. You do not need to provide credit card details now. The hotel will provide you with a secure payment link on or after 12th February 2019.
Please note: If you are not staying at the conference hotel or you do not book through the official World Link group reservation at the Sofitel (e.g. you book by a third-party web site), the hotel will notify the Administration Service at the booking deadline date (12th February) and World Link for Law reserves the right to charge an additional £100 GBP on the delegate fee to cover possible financial attrition penalties which World Link may incur if our room quota is not filled. This term does not apply to local UAE firm members.
After February 12, the hotel will release any rooms not reserved in the room block for general sale.
Hotel address: Jumeirah Beach Residence - The Walk – P.O. Box 473828 – Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 (0) 4 448 4848
Web site: http://www.sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com/
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Ms. Shikha Kanwar
Email: email@example.com l Tel: + 971 (0) 4 448 4825
Sofitel Meetings Manager for the World Link conference
Ms. Marinel Amutan
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org l Tel : + 971 (0) 4 448 4813
Getting to the Conference Hotel is under Tourist Information
The main conference days are Thursday 14th March and Friday 15th March up to 2.00pm on Friday. The main meeting will be held in the Monte Carlo room on the 1st level of the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The draft conference topics are below. The final agenda will be published and circulated nearer to the time of the conference.
- Doing business in the Middle East – key differences in the choice of law (transactions); litigation features/differences; business culture etc.
- Presentation by in-house lawyer from the Sofitel Group or another local business person.
- Islamic Finance. Sharia Law issues/structure of investments/loan agreements and financing etc
- Update on technology usage in law firms (and Artificial Intelligence)
- WTO and International Trade Agreements
- GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
- Young Lawyers Group presentation (up to 3 presenters) – Proposed topics are: How ‘the law’ is reflecting changes in society or possible future changes in legal practice; or the differing career aspirations of future generations of lawyers; or “Why lawyers need to be much smarter nowadays, due to technology, compared to 10 years ago (and where is it all going in the future?)”.
- World Link General Assembly/30th Anniversary presentation
- + International Arbitration session + Tax Group session + M & A Group Meeting
Excursions and Dinners
Please advise any dietary requirements, if necessary, on the conference booking form, which will be advised to the restaurants/caterers
Wednesday 13th March
Dinner – Abd El Wahab restaurant (Lebanese cuisine) at the Pier 7 complex, Dubai Marina. Outside semi- private terrace with views over the Marina. (Meet in the lobby at 7.00pm for 850 metre walk from the restaurant. 7.30pm dinner)
This group meal is for members and guests to meet before the conference and it is intentionally located near to the hotel to assist with any late travel situations.
|Proposed Menu (subject to change)
Cold Mezze: Hummus, Moutabbal, Tabbouleh, Fattoush, Stuffed Vine Leaves, Kebbeh, Nayyeh, Green Beans in Oil
Hot Mezze: Rekakat Sambousik, Batata Kezbra, Kebbeh, Chicken Liver, Makanek
Main Course: Mixed Grill Skewers (a selection of meat, grilled chicken & kofta, marinated and cooked on skewers)
Desert: Seasonal Fruits
Water, soft drinks, beer, wine and tea or coffee
Cost per person: £115
Thursday 14th March
Gala dinner at the Sofitel (on an outside terrace). Drinks and appetizers reception at 7.00pm; dinner at 8.00pm.
Our main set meal group dinner will take place at the Sofitel on the outside terrace of their ‘AOC Brasserie’ overlooking the Gulf of Arabia; the Palm Jumeirah, the Atlantis Hotel and the Dubai ‘Eye’.
|Proposed Menu (subject to change)
Aperitif (wine, beer, some liquors/mixers or soft drinks) and snacks
Poached Quail egg and French Frisée
Seared Black Angus Tenderloin and Foie Gras
Sautéed Baby Spinach, Duchesse Potatoes and Duxelles Sauce
Wine, water, tea or coffee
Cost per person: £100
Friday 15th March
The Dhow cruise and the dinner (below) are a linked event.
Friday afternoon - Deira River Dhow cruise (Cruise time 4.30pm – 6.30pm. Meet in lobby at 3.30pm for 45 minute bus transfer. Followed by dinner at Ewaan, below, at 7.15pm.
Join us on a 2-hour narrated cruise along the thriving but sometimes chaotic Deira river, on a historic Dhow boat, to see the Creeks’ old style trading vessels, moored adjacent to the ‘old town’. Soft drinks included – open and closed decks available. Private use of the Dhow for our group.
The journey time to the cruise from the hotel by bus is about 45 minutes. Straight afterwards we head back south towards the Sofitel, after stopping for dinner on the way at Ewaan restaurant by the Burj Khalifa.
N.B: This Dhow excursion does not conflict or overlap with the Saturday Deira Old Town tour which is a land-based tour walking through the streets with a local guide.
Cost per person: £55.00
N.B If you only wish to book one of these events; you are responsible for your own personal one-way travel; either from the Dhow cruise or to the Ewaan restaurant.
Friday evening dinner - Ewaan restaurant (7.15pm, with return transport back to the hotel)
After the Dhow cruise on the Deira river our coach will take us directly onto Ewaan restaurant located in the Palace Downtown Hotel adjacent to the Burj Khalifa. It is renowned as one of the best restaurants in Dubai and particularly for groups, offering a cosmopolitan buffet of the highest quality ranging from Middle east to Western food.
A grand buffet and culinary experience including a selection of Arabic delights and western foods. The foods on offer include various salads, breads, antipasti, hot starters such as Lamb Nashif, beef rolled with palm heart; hot cooking stations; cheese display; grilled Arabic dishes – prawns; lamb kofta; rotisserie foods – meat and chickens; international dishes such as rump steak and sea bass and tempura dishes; marinated sweets and deserts.
The price includes a drinks package of water, wine, beer, soft drinks; teas and coffees and transportation back to the hotel in the Marina district.
Cost per person: £125
Saturday 16th March
We offer two options in the morning and delegates/guests can choose either:
(a) Visit to “At the Top” at Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and the Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall. (Meet in lobby at 9.15 for 9.30am departure)
(b) Deira Old town/ Souks guided walking/bus tour with river taxi to the Old Fort. (Meet in lobby at 9.15 for 9.30am departure)
The duration of each tour is approximately 4 hours with travel to/from the hotel to the start of the venue. If you are travelling home on Saturday evening, please remember to check out before you go on the tour.
Conference Dress Code: business suits or smart jacket/trousers for conference meetings (a tie is not required) for all other events - smart/casual.
Getting to/from the conference hotel
Hotel address: Jumeirah Beach Residence - The Walk – P.O. Box 473828 – Dubai, UAE
Tel: + 971 (0) 4 448 4848
Web site: http://www.sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com/
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The Sofitel Jumeirah Beach is about 18 miles (28km) from the Airport (DBX). Please ask for the correct hotel as there are 2 other Sofitel’s in Dubai!! – The Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort and the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. It is not these hotels.
By taxi: Please ask for the correct hotel as there are 2 other Sofitel’s in Dubai! – The Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort and the Sofitel Dubai Downtown. Ask for the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel at the Dubai Marina.
N.B. At the airport, there are the normal regular ‘RTA’ (cheaper) cream cabs, often with different colour roofs. Often someone will offer you a more expensive black ‘limousine’ cab. This is your choice, but probably check the price before. The RTA cabs seem fine. The journey time is about 30 minutes and the cost is about £20GBP (150 AED).
By Metro: From the Dubai (DBX) airport get the Red Line to Jumeirah Lakes Towers (but it is about 22 stops!!) with a journey time of about one hour. Then you connect to the Tram at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in the direction of Jumeirah Lakes Residences #2 and make the short walk from there to the hotel – about 250m. The cost is about 8 AED.
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven Emirates that make up the country.
Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city, but its reserves are limited and production levels are low. Dubai's economy now relies on revenues from tourism, aviation, real estate, IT and financial services.
Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects and sports events, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
As of 2012, Dubai was the most expensive city in the Middle East and the 20th most expensive city in the world.
Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum family since 1833; the Emirate is an absolute monarchy with no elections (other than the few thousand Dubai citizens participating in the electoral college for the Federal National Council of the UAE). The ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and member of the Supreme Council of the Union (SCU). Dubai appoints 8 members in two-term periods to the Federal National Council (FNC) of the UAE, the supreme federal legislative body.
According to the census conducted by the Statistics Centre of Dubai, the population of the Emirate was 1,771,000 as of 2009, which included 1,370,000 males and 401,000 females. As of June 2017, the population is 2,789,000. The region covers 1,287.5 square kilometres (497.1 sq mi). The population density is 408.18/km2 – more than eight times that of the entire country.
As of 2013, only about 15% of the population of the Emirate was made up of UAE nationals, with the rest comprising expatriates, many of whom either have been in the country for generations or were born in the UAE. Approximately 85% of the expatriate population (and 71% of the Emirate's total population) was Asian, chiefly Indian (51%) and Pakistani (16%); other significant Asian groups include Bangladeshis (9%) and Filipinos (3%). There is a sizable community of Somalis numbering around 30,000, as well as other communities of various nationalities. A quarter of the population (local and foreign) reportedly trace their origins to Iran. In addition, 16% of the population (or 288,000 persons) living in collective labour accommodation were not identified by ethnicity or nationality, but were thought to be primarily Asian. There are over 100,000 British expatriates in Dubai, by far the largest group of Western expatriates in the city, but increasingly many Eastern Europeans.
One of the world's fastest growing economies, Dubai's gross domestic product is projected at US$107.1 billion, with a growth rate of 6.1% in 2014. Although several core elements of Dubai's trading infrastructure were built on the back of the oil industry, revenues from oil and natural gas now account for less than 5% of the emirate's revenues. It is estimated that Dubai produces 50,000 to 70,000 barrels (7,900 to 11,100 m3) of oil a day and substantial quantities of gas from offshore fields. Dubai's oil reserves have diminished significantly and are expected to be exhausted in 20 years. Real estate and construction (22.6%), trade (16%), entrepôt (15%) and financial services (11%) are the largest contributors to Dubai's economy.
Dubai's non-oil foreign trade stood at $362 billion in 2014. Of the overall trade volumes, imports had the biggest share with a value of $230 billion while exports and re-exports to the emirate stood at $31 billion and $101 billion respectively.
· Burj Khalifa
· Burj Al Arab (hotel)
· Jumeiurah Mosque
· Dubai Museum
· The Old Town at Deira and the Souks and trading vessels
· The Dubai Mall and Aquarium
· Atlantis Palm
· The Dubai Eye
· Zabeel Palace
· Dubai Ski centre
Either by taxi, Uber cab or the Metro – all clean and safe. Transportation costs are very reasonable in Dubai, but the distances can be large – usually traffic flows freely except at peak times when certain main roads at the main intersections become a traffic jam.
Initially at a Metro station you need to buy a NOL card (like an Octopus card), probably the Red NOL card for about 2AED for the card itself and then pre-load it with some cash. A regular journey ticket varies from 4 – 8.5 AED (depending on the Zones)
Advice about travelling on the Metro:
- It is ultra clean.
- No eating or drinking on the train or platforms, even water.
- No feet on seats.
- No chewing gum.
- Don’t stand on the connecting ‘tray’ between carriages.
- The first carriages are usually first class (gold) and then for women and children only, but the carriages are openly connected, so do not stray into the wrong area.
- Very busy at peak times
Public transport web site and route map: https://dubaihow.com/dubai-public-transport/
Frommers guide: https://www.frommers.com/destinations/dubai
Visit Dubai: https://www.visitdubai.com/en
Private social events, tours/excursions
See the Nirvana list of options/PDF. To book/pay, contact Irina Igorovo on + 971 556 523 020 or email her at: email@example.com Obviously say that you are a World Link for Law member.
For the Louvre, in Abu Dhabi also contact Irina (or other members that you may be interested in going with you). The Admission ticket price AED 60 / USD 17 per person.
Transportation from the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Abu Dhabi and vice versa:
- Ford Taurus or Similar (3 Pax) USD 120 per car per way
- Hyudai H1 (5 Pax) USD 180 per car per way
- BMW 5 Series/ Mercedes S Class/ Lexus ES 350/ Audi A6 (3 Pax) USD 180 per car per way
General Tourist Information
Visas: Please also check your visa requirements – for most countries it is free on arrival. But if you need an invitation letter from our local member firm, please contact the World Link for Law Administration Service.
For initial information please see: https://www.emirates.com/ae/english/before-you-fly/visa-passport-information/uae-visas/
Weather: Mid-March average day time temperatures are about 23⁰C (72 ⁰F) with highs of 27⁰C and 81⁰F possible and at night time 17⁰C (63⁰F). The sea temperature is about 22⁰C.
Time zone: + 4hrs GMT.
Telephone: ++ 971; then the local number.
Currency: Emirate Dirhams (AED). 100 AED = approximately 24 EUR; 28 USD or 20 GBP. 1 GBP = 4.7 AED; 1 USD = 3.6AED; 1EUR = 4 AED
Cash machine/ATM: Suggest to take advice from the Concierge at the hotel about charges etc, but there is a cash machine about 100m to the right of the hotel called Samba ATM or the Abu Dhabi bank ATM by the beach across the street.
Food market/general store: There is a small store to the left of the hotel next to KFC or walk round to the street behind the hotel opposite the tram station and up one level where there is a small supermarket. There is a large Carrefour supermarket near the Dubai marina Mall; ad a Waitrose (UK brand) supermarket in the Mall.
Pharmacy: There is a ‘Boots’ (UK brand) pharmacy shop on the street to the left of the hotel entrance.
Business Hours: Most business in Dubai open from 7am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm. Banks are open from 8am to 3pm from Saturday to Wednesday, and 8am to noon on Thursday and like other businesses, they are closed on Fridays. Of course, Friday and Saturday are the Emirates weekend days.
Electricity: Plug sockets are 3 pin square style (not round) as used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Malaysia & Singapore. See: https://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/
Water: It is safe to drink but de-salinized.
Emergencies: 999 for Police; 998 for Ambulance; 997 for the Fire Department (Civil Defence)
Shopping experiences: The Dubai Marina Mall (about 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel); Mall of the Emirates (by taxi or Metro) and about 15 minutes away by taxi or Metro –or the Dubai Mall which is enormous and next to Burj Khalifa – 20 minutes away.
Shopping hours: Generally, store hours are 1000 to 2200 (for Malls), but smaller shops and souks from 0700 to 1200; then 1700 to 1900hrs.
Bars and restaurants: The nearest bar is in the hotel, but also there is JB’s Gastropub (an English style pub) in the Amraj Rotana Apartment hotel on a corner to the left of the hotel (on the way to the Tram station).
Units of measure: Metric (since 2011).
Some advice/information about alcohol:
- Drinking/drunkenness in public will probably result in a police arrest.
- All large ‘upmarket’ restaurants, clubs and hotels have bars serving alcohol. The prices are actually fairly uniform i.e. it is the same price for a beer at a Ritz Carlton hotel as at a general large restaurant. In many ‘up market’ hotels in the UK and USA/Canada a hotel/restaurant large beer is about £7 GBP; by comparison in Dubai, it is about £11GBP, so actually it is not a lot more expensive, but more expensive than usual at conferences. A glass of wine is about £10GBP.
- Smaller restaurants do not serve alcohol.
- Of course, there is no alcohol in supermarkets (alcohol free beer can be purchased). There are licensed liquor stores in various parts of Dubai, but only open to licensed Dubai residents who own real estate; and who must present their permit to the license owner. Out of the city, there are some ‘free zones’ with liquor shops often visited by expats, working in Dubai, who do not own real estate but only rent, so they do not meet the criteria to buy liquor in the city.
- There is the concept of ‘Ladies Nights’ in Dubai – usually in the clubs, when young affluent men buy many bottles of gin/vodka etc and mixers and girls/ladies can drink with them for free. These can turn into a big party! You may see signs for ‘Ladies Night, here on Wednesday…9pm’.
- The strange thing, for a country/city that is discouraging alcohol consumption for social and religious reasons, is that at Dubai airport, as you ‘Exit’ Arrivals, there is a huge duty-free shop and you can buy up to 4 litres of ‘hard liquor’ and also large amounts of beer and wine!! Many people note this on Tourist sites.
Delegate prices for Thursday 14th March and Friday (morning) 15th March
The costs per person, to be paid in sterling, are as follows:
|All member firm delegates – one price for all (discount of 30%). The actual fee should be £550 per person
The delegate price includes all conference delegate materials, conference lunches and coffee breaks on Thursday and Friday day time, but not the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening group dinners, or the social excursions, which are extra costs.
The offer includes all conference delegate materials, conference lunches and coffee breaks, on Thursday and Friday day time, and also the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening group dinners (if booked), but not the social excursions which are extra costs.
* Young Lawyers (lawyers or associates in member firms less than 40 years old who have asked to join the Young Lawyers Group – no cost involved to join) may book with a 100% discount, one per firm, assuming attendance of another paying delegate from their firm; and they also have nil cost for any external dinners or the hotel dinner that they ask to attend, subject to availability. If a Young Lawyer is not accompanied by another senior lawyer from their firm, their cost will become £385 and group dinners will be charged.
Please see #2 of the Terms & Conditions.
|Wednesday evening (13th March) - conference group dinner at Abd El Wahab (Lebanese) restaurant, Dubai Marina||£115|
|Thursday evening (14th March) – Sofitel Hotel group dinner, with pre-dinner drinks reception on their outside terrace.||£100|
|Friday (15th March) – Afternoon Dhow Cruise with later dinner at Ewaan||£55|
|Friday (15th March) - Ewaan restaurant dinner beneath the Burj Khalifa tower.||£125|
|Saturday 16th March – two options (choose one per guest):
(a) a visit to “At the Top” at Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and the Aquarium at Dubai Mall, or
(b) Deira/old town/ Souks – private guided walking/bus tour with river taxi to the Old Fort.
All conference delegate bookings must be made by 12th February 2019, using the form provided. Bookings will be acknowledged, and you will be invoiced for payment to Word Link for Law. Credit cards/similar are not accepted. Local and overseas bank charges are to be paid by you. Overseas cheques are not acceptable. We also draw your attention to the Terms and Conditions below in relation to cancellation. Delegates and their guests will not be able to attend the conference, lunches, dinners or excursions if they have not paid their conference fees in full by 1 March 2019 at the latest. N.B. Events cannot be attended unless pre-booked and cannot be booked at the conference. Bedrooms must be booked separately.
Hotel Room bookings
A room block has been reserved at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel under the name of ‘World Link for Law' and negotiated at the following nightly rates. Dates outside this period (11-18 March) are upon private negotiation and prevailing rates.
|Room block open dates: 11-18 March (you can obviously book your chosen dates anytime within this period)||Room rate (below) including buffet breakfast in the main restaurant. The rates are quoted in AED (Dirhams) per room per night, inclusive of 7% municipality fees and 10% service charges and 5% VAT, but exclusive of a Tourism Dirham Fee AD 20 per room/per night. Room service breakfast is not included.|
|Superior Single Partial Sea View Room||AED 920 per room/per night|
|Superior Double Partial Sea View Room||AED 1020 per room/per night
|Optional room upgrade with additional supplement as per the charges opposite.
(Please note that a room upgrade is subject to availability)
|Luxury Full Sea View Room + AED 120 net per room/per night
Junior Suite + AED 600 net per room/per night
Method of reservation – Please complete the separate Hotel Booking Form provided;save it to to your system and send it to Ms. Shikha Kanwar: H6146-SL12@sofitel.com before 12 February 2019. The hotel booking form refers to the open dates (11-18 March) but you enter the dates that you are arriving and departing within these dates e.g. Arrive 13 March; depart 17 March). You do not need to provide credit card details now. The hotel will provide you with a secure payment link on or after 12th February 2019.
Please note: If you are not staying at the conference hotel or you do not book through the official World Link group reservation form at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel (e.g. you book by a third party web site), the hotel will notify the Administration Service at the booking deadline date and World Link for Law reserves the right to charge an additional £100 GBP on the delegate fee (irrespective of the type of person booking), to cover possible financial attrition penalties which World Link may incur if our room quota is not filled.
After February 12th, 2019, the Hotel will release any rooms not reserved in the room block for general sale. They will continue to accept reservations after this date on a space available basis and rates may be subject to change.
Internet access: The room rate includes complimentary WIFI.
Check in time: 1500hrs; checkout 1200hrs (Noon). If you wish to arrive or depart later extra personal charges may apply, on request to the hotel.
Cancellation terms (by the hotel)
In the event of cancellation, no cancellation charges apply prior to 18:00 (Dubai local time) up to 7 days prior to arrival. Beyond that time, 50% of the whole booking will be charged. Early Departures and No Show Nights will be fully charged.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Hotel’s Brasserie (AOC) is included in the room rate. Room service breakfast is extra. The buffet breakfast times are from: 6.30am to 10.30am
YOU MUST ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE BOOKED YOUR ROOM AT THE CONFERENCE HOTEL BY
12TH FEBRUARY 2019.
N.B. If you do not book by this date, a reservation cannot be guaranteed. All guests must settle their own bills, including any room 'extras' on departure.
Terms & Conditions of conference booking
1. Delegates and guests will not be able to attend the conference, lunches, dinners or excursions if they have not paid their conference fees in full by March 1, 2019
2. Bookings by Young Lawyers at nil cost are conditional on a booking (and attendance) by a senior lawyer/partner of their member firm. Therefore, if a senior lawyer/partner books but cancels, for whatever circumstances, leaving only a Young Lawyer attending, their rate will increase to the full £385.00 delegate rate and group dinners will be charged. It will be separately invoiced for payment by return.
3. If you are not staying at the conference hotel or you do not book through the official World Link group reservation at the Sofitel Jumeirah Beach Hotel (e.g. you book by a third party web site), the hotel will notify the Administration Service at the booking deadline date (12th February) and World Link for Law reserves the right to charge an additional £100 GBP on the delegate fee (irrespective of the type of person booking), to cover possible financial attrition penalties which World Link may incur if our room quota is not filled.
4. The times and costs of the events in this document may be subject to small variations once concluded with third parties. In the unlikely event of a price increasing (equally it may decrease), you will not be invoiced until advised about any price increase, enabling you to change your booking if required.
5. Accommodation in the conference hotel is subject to availability and is subject to local taxes, temporary or permanent. Delegates will be responsible for paying their own hotel accommodation and related personal expenses. The Administration Service of World Link for Law is not responsible for arranging accommodations after the booking deadline of 12 February 2019 but will use its best endeavours to secure a room at the conference hotel, but this may not be at the promotional rate.
6. The organisers, World Link for Law, reserve the right to change the programme of events and speakers without prior notice and to change the time of excursions and events with notice (but all matters will be advised by way of a personal itinerary sent before the conference).
7. Delegates and guests are completely responsible for ascertaining and obtaining their own visa requirements according to their individual circumstances (and for any liability arising). Cancellations due to a delegates or guest’s failure to obtain an appropriate visa does not affect the cancellation terms herein. Any information in conference promotions about visa application processes does not constitute ‘advice’.
8. Any cancellations to the conference booking or other events booked (whether or not paid) made from 13th February to 25th February 2019 will be charged at 50% of the value booked; and from 25th February 2019 or thereafter at 100%. This is due to pre-payments that will be made by World Link to third party suppliers.
9. Delegates may be substituted provided that advance notice is given, but only up to 25th February 2019. The Administration Service of World Link for Law does not guarantee that it will be able to include replacement delegate information, due to the need to despatch conference materials at least 2 weeks before the conference.
10. Force Majeure: The organiser's liability will be limited to monies paid to them in the event that the conference is cancelled due to any circumstances outside World Link for Law’s control including but not limited to industrial action, acts of terrorism, acts of war, riots or civil unrest, act of God, communicable diseases, or government or professional restrictions, conditions or controls.
11. A booking constitutes acceptance of these terms (unless specific anticipated personal circumstances are advised at the time of booking). A conference booking creates a binding agreement and shall be construed and take effect in accordance with English law.
12. World Link for Law or its agents make no recommendations, assurances or warranties about any of the hotels, restaurants, companies or other suppliers referred to in this document or other conference promotions and disclaims all liability in respect thereof.