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1 Ibicus IB Diploma Workshops April 2013 at Raffles World Academy, Dubai, UAE االلممععللووممااتت Information 1

2 TIMETABLE (Subject to change) Day 1 Thursday 18 th April Arrival at workshop venue and registration (coffee available) Welcome Subject session 1 (1.5h) Refreshment Break Subject session 2 (1.5h) Lunch Subject session 3 (1.5h) Refreshment Break Subject session 4 (1.5h) Day 2 Friday 19 th April 0830 Coffee available Subject session 5 (1.5h) Refreshment Break Subject session 6 (1.5h) Lunch Subject session 7 (1.5h) Refreshment Break Subject session 8 (1.5h) Day 3 Saturday 20 th April 0830 Coffee available Subject session 9 (1.5h) Refreshment Break Subject session 10 (1.5h) 1215 Workshop ends Total workshop tuition 15 hours Workshop aims for you: To learn more about teaching your DP subject and about the IB To gain hints and tips to take back to your school and classroom To benefit from the international nature of the event and to meet new colleagues To enjoy the experience Our workshop leaders have many years of IB Diploma experience in all aspects of teaching and IB administration. Workshop leaders will follow the session guidelines and will contact participants by before the workshops to find out specific needs from the workshop and provide information on what to bring. Timetable Exhibitors ManageBac, Cambridge University Press & Oxford University Press will be exhibiting at this event. Other exhibitors TBC. 2

3 Hotel Information ACCOMMODATION Please contact our local travel agent Kanoo Travel to book one of the hotels below where we have special rates for all budgets. Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha 335/370AED per night inc. tax, breakfast, WIFI Towers Rotana Hotel 820/890AED per night inc. tax, excl. breakfast, WIFI The Ibis is very close to the Mall of the Emirates and about 12 minutes drive from the workshop venue. The Towers Rotana is on Sheikh Zayed Road and about 24 minutes from the workshop venue. For participants who book via Kanoo into one of these hotels, Ibicus provides transport to and from the workshop venue each day. Please contact Kanoo Travel directly: Alan Fonseca Mobile: Tel: Fax: / IATA: If you wish to make your own arrangements for accommodation, we suggest using an Internet booking site such as Hotel Information

4 VISA INFORMATION Remember that visa requirements can change with little or no notice. It is participants responsibility to check foreign entry requirements for travel by contacting your local embassy or consulate for the UAE. For passport holders of these nationalities below, visas are granted on arrival and at no cost. Your passport is stamped at immigration with a 30 day visa. Your passport should be valid for SIX months or more prior to the date of travel. VISA ON ARRIVAL Visas will be granted on arrival in the UAE for the following nationalities: Australia Andorra Austria Brunei Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Hong Kong Iceland Ireland Italy Japan Liechtenstein Luxembourg Malaysia Monaco Netherlands New Zealand Norway Portugal San Marino Singapore South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States of America The Vatican Citizens of the GCC nations of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia do not require a visa to travel to the UAE. Visas VISIT VISA you must have this before you travel If your nationality is NOT listed above, you need to apply for a visa before you travel. This is applicable for those with passports from Asian countries, African countries, Middle East Nationals (Excluding GCC Nationals), Nationals Not Included In Commonwealth Countries. To apply for a Visa Contact Kanoo Travel Agency (see Hotel Accommodation page) Alternatively, see the UAE website, the Emirates website or contact your local travel agent, embassy or hotel reception. 4

5 WORKSHOP VENUE Raffles World Academy (formerly Raffles International School West Campus) Dubai Raffles World Academy, Dubai (tel: /2) is located in Umm Suqeim near to the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Madinat Jumeirah and easily accessible from Sheikh Zayed Rd, Al Wasl Rd or the Jumeirah Beach Rd. Click here to go to a Google Map of the Raffles World Academy location. Or see this section of the school s website to download a PDF map of how to get there. Show this to your taxi driver! 5 Workshop Venue

6 FAQs Dubai and Your Ibicus Workshop What is included in the workshop fee? Tuition from workshop leaders, workshop materials and workbook, lunches and refreshments, admin support during the event. Transport to and from the workshop venue is included for participants booking hotels via Kanoo Travel. Getting to Dubai Dubai International Airport is a busy airport with many destinations. How do I get from the airport to my hotel? By far the easiest way is to take one of the many and reasonably priced taxis which are right outside the airport terminal. These are safe at any time of the day and single lady travellers are often offered a female driver. If you want to pre-book at any time (not required on arrival) then try The Dubai Taxi Corporation on How do I get from my hotel to the workshop venue? If you have booked your hotel via our agency, Kanoo (see Hotel Information) then transport will be provided on workshop days and included in your rate. Is alcohol available in Dubai? Dubai s licensing laws require venues serving alcohol be attached to hotels or a private clubs. It is illegal to drink in the street or in a public space. What will the weather be like in April in Dubai? What should I wear? Casual dress, but respectful of the local culture. Frequently Asked Questions 6

7 Can I access the internet at the school? WiFi is available in most areas of the school for your own smart phone/laptop. School ICT facilities are also available during break times. What s the currency in Dubai? The currency is UAE is Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED). What s the time difference? The UAE is 3 hours ahead of GMT. Do I need an electrical adaptor? The electricity current is 220/240 volts, and requires 3 pin square plugs (so UK plugs work without an adaptor.) What do I need to bring? Any materials requested in advance by your workshop leader, including your subject guide (there will be no spare copies on site). Bring either electronic or paper versions as you prefer. I have a special dietary requirement If you have let us know on your registration form, your requirements will be met. If not, please before the workshop dates. Do I get a Certificate after the event? Yes, this will be available as a PDF document after the event. How do I evaluate the workshop? You will be ed a link to complete an online evaluation form. Where are the best restaurants? You are never far from a restaurant in Dubai and all tastes are catered for. Prices vary greatly. Hotel meals can be pricy but convenient or try one of the many restaurant recommendation websites. What about excursions? We hope that you will have time to explore some of the wonderful sights in Dubai. We recommend that you book any excursions via your hotel concierge. Where are the best places to shop? Shopping is a pastime in Dubai whether in souks or malls. Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Mall are popular. Frequently Asked Questions 7

8 Souks Souk Madinat is an indoor, air-conditioned souk with shops lining the streets. What if I need to cancel my place? Please see our terms and conditions What if I need a doctor? We shall brief you on arrival about what to do in the event of a fire or emergency in the school. If you feel ill during the workshop, please come to the reception desk. Obviously you should ask immediately at your hotel for assistance if you fall ill whilst resident there. Local emergency numbers Airport Enquiries Ambulance and Police 999 Dentists Dr Michael's Dental Clinic or Drs Nicholas and Asp or Doctors Al Zahra Clinic Dubai London Clinic General Medical Centre Emergency Services (Dubai) Fire 997 Private Hospitals Al Zahra (Sharjah) American Hospital Wellcare Hospital Dubai Hospital (General) Rashid Hospital (Road accidents, General, Trauma) Frequently Asked Questions 8

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