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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 violence.

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.

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