No restrictions at restaurants and hotels during Dubai 2003

DUBAI - Residents and visitors to Dubai will be able to book and enjoy a meal or drink at their favourite restaurant or meeting place when the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund are held in September.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 21 Aug 2003, 11:53 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 7:51 PM

Dubai 2003, the organisation created to host the event, has announced that no restrictions will apply in all hotel outlets that will accommodate the thousands of international participants in this world-class event.

Ahmed Al Banna, Assistant General Coordinator for Dubai 2003 and Head of the Accommodation Committee, said: "Apart from one or two hotel properties close to the Dubai International Convention Centre it will be business as usual and residents and visitors will be able to make restaurant reservations or use other hotel facilities as they normally do.

"Every hotel will of course be busier than usual. But I believe the atmosphere throughout the city will be fantastic and local residents and visitors will feel the excitement of the event when they go out and about throughout Dubai."

"With delegations from 184 countries and hundreds of international journalists in the city there will be an even more cosmopolitan clientele in our restaurants and hotels."

Although the general public is not able to attend the actual Meetings, Dubai 2003 is appealing to the people of the UAE to extend the warmest welcome to the thousands of participants who will be arriving for the event and show them what the UAE has to offer; especially since this is the first time the Meetings will be held in an Arab country.

Al Banna explained that the security requirements of staging the biggest annual gathering of the global financial community meant that some restrictions on movement and access would be imposed in and around the Dubai International Convention Centre. "But we have always been determined to minimise the impact of events on the ordinary activities of residents in the city and that includes the opportunity to eat at their favourite restaurants. Due to the massive influx of visitors we would recommend that people book in advance," he added.

Dubai 2003 is working with approximately 50 hotels in the city to handle the accommodation requirements of this prestigious international gathering that includes heads of state, Ministers of Finance and Governors of the Central Banks of the 184 member countries.

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