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Calling all:

Leaders. Innovators. Change Makers. ​

2030 IN SIGHT LIVE marks the start of a new shared ambition towards 2030 and achieving a world where eye care and rehabilitation services are accessible, affordable and inclusive to all. Join the conversation to shape the future at 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE.

A new approach – We have taken the best of the Council of Members Meetings; creating new connections and meeting old friends, sharing insights and developing new ideas and learning. We have wrapped these into a new format, including an interactive online program.

The opportunity – No matter where you are in the world, we look forward to welcoming you, either in person or virtually.  2030 IN SIGHT LIVE will provide the perfect blend of learning, innovation, content sharing and networking. Our new format will make it easier than ever to share knowledge, spark meaningful conversations and build relationships.

New elements in the program include: 

  • Building a shared understanding of the systemic change needed in countries, regions, sectors and mindsets.  How your role, and that of your organisation, can accelerate radical change and progress.
  • Develop collective knowledge, best practice and new approach to elevate the issue of eye health, integrate it into wider health systems and activate demand from the ground up. ​
  • Taking stock of progress to date and identifying the challenges and priorities needed to match ambition with action.


Attending in person?

The event is taking place online and in person at the World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE.

2030 IN SIGHT LIVE is taking place as part of the Dubai Health Forum and will form part of a wider event and schedule.

Those arriving from around the world can use Dubai International Airport which is a key international hub and receives hundreds of flights each day from around the world.

Dubai International Airport is a 15-minute metro journey to the World Trade Centre.

When traveling around in Dubai the closest metro station is ‘World Trade Centre Metro Station 1’.

2030 IN SIGHT LIVE! is taking place as part of the Dubai Health Forum. Meaning delegates to 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE! will have the opportunity to mix with delegates at the wider Dubai Health Forum.

Please note, many of the arrangements on the ground will be managed directly by the Dubai Health Forum and we will be adhering to their wider event protocols.

More details on the Dubai Health Forum will be made available in the coming days.

We have worked with the Dubai Health Forum to arrange preferential hotel rates in three hotels during 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE! Please follow the links below to access the special rates.

Ibis World Trade Centre

Ibis One Central

We can also recommend:

25 Hours

Details will be provided in the coming weeks.

IAPB is unable to arrange space for individual meetings directly, but rooms are available for members to hold meetings in at the Novotel Dubai World Trade Centre.

To find out costs or to book one of these spaces please contact Lelia Arabieh on [email protected]

Please be aware that visas may be necessary for travel to Dubai from your country.

For more information on visa requirements, please visit:

Visa invitation letters and Visa Applications are available for those who require them via the team managing the event at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

If you require either of these please email [email protected] with your exact requirement (Visa Invitation letter or Visa Application). Please include your full name (as appears on your passport) and copy of your passport.

Visa Invitation Letters and Visa Applications are managed by the event team at Dubai World Trade Centre.

IAPB is unable to help with this process directly.

We are excited to get together in-person in March, and in our planning we are preparing for the realities of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

We are continually working closely with our partners in Dubai to ensure that we provide a COVID-19 secure event.

As part of the Dubai Global Health Forum attendees will need to follow event protocols when attending 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE.
Click here more details about our Covid-19 Policies and Cancellations policy

There is no requirement of a PCR to enter the DHF forum or 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE.

Medical Centre Name Location Price Booking Guide Timing Results
Al Tadawi Medical Centre Al Mustaqbal Street Parking AED 150 Click Here 09:00AM – 06:00PM Stamped and sent via email within 24 hours

Other testing centres in Dubai include:

Medical Centre Name Location (Google Maps Link) Contact Number Website
Dubai Festival City located at Festival City Mall, near Crescent Drive (10-15 minutes away from venue) +971 4 260 8777 Click Here
Port Rashid located at the main gate of Port Rashid (also called Mina Rashid) (10-15 minutes away from venue) +971 800 1717 Download the Seha App which is available on iOS and Android
Prime Medical Center and Premier Diagnostic Center, Deira (10-15 minutes away from venue) +971 4 707 0999 Click Here
Medcare Hospital, near Al Safa Park – Al Hadiqa Rd (10-15 minutes away from venue) +971 800 633 2273 Click Here
Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, 2nd St – Garhoud (10-15 minutes away from venue) +971 4 282 7788 Click Here
Mediclinic Dubai Mall, Financial Center Rd (5-10 minutes away from venue) +971 4 449 5111 Click Here
Medeor Hospital 24×7, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Bur Dubai (10 -15 minutes away from venue) +971 800 900 600 Click Here

At all points during planning for 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE! our team have considered the climate change emergency and have endeavoured to reduce the carbon footprint of the event. 

With the option of delegates joining us online for the first time at an IAPB global event there will be less flights taken which will again reduce our carbon footprint. We encourage all those flying to Dubai to consider ways of reducing their carbon footprint. 

Dubai’s public transport system is very efficient and the best way for traveling around Dubai.

There will be no printed materials, printed advertising etc. and all programmes, agendas will be electronic to ensure there is zero carbon impact from print for 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE!

Most nationalities can simply get a visa on arrival at the airport, but visitors should check their visa requirements before arriving. Both Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) have a range of helpful facilities and public transport options.

Money changing facilities and taxis are readily available, as well as car rental services, convenience stores and information desks for general queries.

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The currency in Dubai is the dirham, which is shortened to AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham). One dirham is divided into 100 fils. The dirham has been pegged to the US dollar for since 1997, meaning the exchange rate never changes. One US dollar is worth AED3.67.

Small bottle of water: AED1.5 (50 cents)
Big Mac: AED16.75 (USD4.5)
Biryani: AED13 (USD3.5)
Shawarma wrap: AED5 (USD1.4)
Short taxi ride: AED12 (USD3.3)
Dubai Metro (3 zones): AED5.8 (USD1.6)
Cinema ticket (standard): AED35 (USD9.6)
Abra ride across Dubai Creek: AED1 (USD27 cents)

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With a coastal location on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai enjoys a warm climate all year. The ‘winter’ months last from October to May with warm temperatures ranging from 20–35°C (68–95°F).

The summer season lasts from June to September with hotter temperatures reaching the mid-40s (~110° F) – and the city’s wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities and attractions ensure Dubai is a year-round destination.

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Navigating around the city, reading restaurant reviews and checking in with friends around the world – we all need to stay connected. You will receive a free prepaid SIM card from telecom operator, Du, on arrival at the airport. You can also check out the competitive roaming and data packages from Etisalat, Du and Virgin Mobile. Safe public Wi-Fi is available across the UAE at many top destinations. Simply sign up and surf away.

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Nearly 100 foreign embassies are in Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s capital city, and Dubai is home to around 80 consulates. Embassies and consulates are typically open Sunday to Thursday (the UAE working week) and are closed on Fridays, as well as all public holidays of both the UAE and the embassy’s home country. Opening times may vary so please check official websites, make appointments where possible and arrive early with all relevant paperwork.

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In case of emergencies while in the UAE, call:

  • 911 for Police
  • 998 for Ambulance
  • 997 for Fire Department
  • 996 for Coastguard

Visitors may also find these numbers helpful:

  • +971 800 4438 for tourist security issues
  • +971 800 342 for the Dubai Health Authority
  • +971 600 545 555 for consumer-related concerns

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There is no specific dress code for 2030 IN SIGHT LIVE! However, we’d encourage delegates to dress as they feel comfortable, so recommend either Smart or Smart-Casual. 

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city and a diverse melting pot where almost all attires and cultural expressions are accepted. 

Dressing conservatively is appreciated in Dubai’s historic neighbourhoods and places of worship. There are specific requirements for entering a mosque, like wearing clothing that covers shoulders, arms and legs – and headscarves for women.

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Marhaba! Dubai is a warm and friendly city and you will come across many people who will greet you with a smile and wish you well. 

Alcohol is served in licensed establishments such as hotels, bars and specialised shops to those over 21 years of age. However, drunk and disorderly conduct and drunk driving are not acceptable. Use or possession of illegal drugs is also strictly prohibited.

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Dubai is home to hundreds of nationalities and both Arabic and English are spoken across the city. Learning a few Arabic words can certainly make the trip more memorable! As you explore the city, you’re very likely to hear Russian, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese and many other languages. You can find a detailed guide to handy Arabic phrases here. 

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Many medicines used worldwide are readily available in pharmacies and hospitals across Dubai.

If you are travelling with prescribed medication, remember to bring your doctor’s note with you. The prescription should also detail the quantity of medication you intend to carry.

It’s important to check if the medicines are classified as controlled or not in the United Arab Emirates, which your doctor should be able to help you with. To carry controlled medication, you’ll need to apply for approval from the Ministry of Health (MoH) before your trip. 

For more information, read the traveller’s guidelines or get in touch with the MoH.

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There are no rules when it comes to tipping in Dubai. How much you tip varies from profession to profession and is also largely down to personal preference. It is customary to tip in most cases, but it certainly isn’t compulsory. For more information, please see a tipping guide here. 

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Attending online?

All online delegates will be sent information prior to the event, inviting them to join IAPB’s new online event platform.

Yes! Replays of plenary sessions and specific talks will also be made available should the timings not work for you.

Unique networking opportunities, access to virtual expo booths, replays of plenary sessions, the opportunity to attend feedback sessions and the chance to interact with delegates in Dubai.

You will be able to use the event platform across most browsers. It is most compatible with Google Chrome.

A good internet connection will ensure the best event experience.

In Partnership with

Noor Dubai Foundationseva foundation