United Arab Emirates Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Sep 03, 2003
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
potential for demonstrations during the Annual Meetings of the World Bank
Group and International Monetary Fund ("Dubai 2003") to be held in Dubai,
U.A.E., from September 18-24, 2003. This Public Announcement expires on
October 1, 2003.
The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary
Fund, "Dubai 2003", will be held in Dubai, U.A.E., from September 18-24,
2003. Over 16,000 participants and associated visitors are expected in
Dubai during the event. Local authorities have expressed confidence that
law and order will be maintained and have implemented additional
countermeasures for public safety. The Consulate reminds American citizens
that recent World Bank/IMF annual meetings have witnessed large
demonstrations organized by outside elements. Demonstrations intended to be
peaceful can turn into confrontational situations and possibly escalate into
Beginning September 10, traffic disruptions are likely in the area around
the conference site, located just southwest of the Dubai World Trade Center,
and access to the adjacent area, including the U.S. Consulate General in
Dubai, will be restricted. The U.S. Consulate will be open only for limited
services from September 20-24, including for emergency American Citizen
Services. There will be no visa services during this period. The U.S.
Embassy in Abu Dhabi, however, will remain open during this period for both
visa and American Citizen Services.
U.S. citizens traveling or residing in Dubai should take common sense
precautions to avoid demonstrations that may turn violent. Travelers should
keep informed of local developments during the conference by following local
press, radio and television.
U.S. citizens may register and obtain updated security information at the
U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, located on the 21st floor of the Dubai
World Trade Center, telephone (971)(4) 311-6000.
For further information on travel to the United Arab Emirates, please
consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for the UAE and
the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement at http://travel.state.gov.