Education Without Borders 2015


How does the application process work?

  • Once registration is opened, you can submit your application. The EWB Conference Registration Team will then review your application.
  • Your referee will be contacted. (Your referee needs to confirm your status as a full time student and write a short testimonial. Generally, this would be one of your professors or a Dean.)
  • Once your referee has confirmed with us, it could take up to four weeks for us to contact you about any change in status.
  • If your application is approved, you will be informed that you have been accepted to attend the conference and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of this offer.
  • You should then begin organizing your travel to the UAE.
  • You should complete the details on the travel portal. If a travel visa is required, please ensure you complete the details as requested on the travel portal.

What is the difference between a delegate and presenter?

There will be two categories of participants at EWB:

  • Delegate – student who attends all event functions and presentations; and
  • Presenter – student who does the above, but who has also been selected to present.

If you did not submit an abstract/proposal, you will be considered in the Delegate category only.

If you chose to submit an abstract/proposal in response to the Call for Papers and your abstract was approved, you will additionally be considered in the Presenter category after you have submitted your full paper.

When will I know whether I am accepted as a presenter?

The authors of the top 36 papers will be invited to present their paper at the conference on a full scholarship, including flights. These presenters will be selected following the submission of all full papers and a thorough review process.

What is HCT?

Founded in 1988, the Higher Colleges of Technology addresses the unique educational requirements of a young, rapidly developing nation – the UAE. With 17 campuses throughout the country, the HCT has expanded rapidly while consistently maintaining a commitment to excellence, in teaching and learning, that has made the HCT a leader in education and training. The teaching staff and professional educators, who are at the forefront of their subject areas, have developed an innovative, project-driven, student-based curriculum that produces graduates who can immediately respond to the changing challenges of business, industry and government. The HCT stays abreast of new developments in technologies and learning systems to give their students the skills and attributes they need to succeed in the global work environment. We strive to develop graduates who are prepared for the future, ready for the changing needs of the workplace, and trained for a life of ongoing learning and professional success.

Is there a dress code for the conference?

It is expected that all attendees will wear professional business attire while attending conference events. There will be a gala evening where semi-formal dress is required, and a desert evening, where you may dress business-casual style. Blue jeans/denims are not permitted at any of the conference events .

Do I need a visit visa to visit the United Arab Emirates ?

The categories given below identify whether an individual requires a visit visa before arrival or whether one can be issued at the airport or entry point.

  • AGCC Citizens Citizens of the Arab Gulf Co-operation do not need a visa.
  • AGCC Residents AGCC expatriate residents may obtain a non-renewable 30-day visa upon arrival.
  • UK Citizens Residents of the UK with the right to abide in the United Kingdom may obtain a free 60 day, renewable visa on arrival.
  • 33 Privileged Countries Citizens of the following countries will be issued with a free-of-charge VISIT VISA on entry to the UAE:UK, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Finland, Malta, Spain, Monaco, Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Citizens of other countries should apply to their nearest UAE embassy .

Up-to-date information on visas is available from the UAE Immigration Services.

More information on visa can be found at these resources: here, here and here.

Should you require a visit visa to attend the conference we will make arrangements for that with you.

Arrival in the UAE?

Transport will be arranged from the airport to the hotel.

What is the weather like in the UAE?

The weather in the UAE is coolest between November and April, but can reach up to 50 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) at other times of the year.

What style of accommodation will be provided?

You will be provided with shared hotel accommodation. Your accommodation will be covered, but extra charges such as room service, minibar items, international phone calls or internet charges will not.

Currency and Money?

The currency of the UAE is the dirham (AED) which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham has been held constant against the US dollar since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1 = AED 3.67.

All major foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques may be exchanged for the UAE dirham at the many exchange booths at the airport, or in banks all around the city centre.

All major credit cards are generally accepted in the main hotels and larger shops but some retailers offer better bargains for cash.

What is the UAE’s Dress Code?

Clothing in the UAE should be conservative and smart. Revealing or tight fitting clothes should be avoided.

What are the UAE’s Local Customs?

The United Arab Emirates is considered to be the most liberal part of the Persian Gulf, however is still very conservative by Western standards. This means that great offence would be shown by wearing revealing clothing or in any way showing disrespect in Mosques or other public places.