"A fabulous opportunity too bring like minded individuals together under one roof to look at the continuous development of this amazing industry."

Duncan Fraser-Smith, Founder, The Cutting Edge Agency

The Venue

Located in Dubai’s most sought-after island community, Palm Jumeirah. Fairmont, The Palm is a luxury beachfront resort with unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf and glittering Dubai Marina skyline.

The Venue for GRIF 2017 is:

FAIRMONT THE PALM, DUBAI Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, P.O. Box 72413
Email: palmdubai@fairmont.com | Tel: + 971 4 457 3388


Driving directions:

  • From Dubai International Airport (DXB), take the Garhoud Bridge to reach Sheikh Zayed Road (E11).
  • Follow the Sheikh Zayed Road for xx kilometres then follow direction for the Palm Jumeirah exit.
  • Once you have taken the exit, follow directions from The Shoreline Apartments 10
  • Take the tunnel to your left and follow directions to Fairmont The Palm, Dubai.

Click here for a map of Palm Jumeirah

Click here for information on Dubai's public transport and parks


Discounted rates have been negotiated for your stay during GRIF.

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Local Customs & Visas


Information concerning visa requirements for those travelling to the UAE are subject to change and should always be checked with your local travel agent or nearest UAE embassy before travelling.

For further information regarding visa requirements for entering the UAE please click here

Please note that the organizers are not in a position to sponsor visa applications.

Local Culture

Dress code – Dress code in Dubai is liberal compared to other Middle Eastern cities, however care should be taken not to give offence by wearing clothing which is too revealing.

Tipping - In Dubai most hotel and restaurant bills will have a 10% service charge and another 10% municipality tax added on, if not a figure of 10% is standard. If you are tipping porters or valets 5 or 10 Dirhams is plenty.

Photos – Avoid taking photos of government and military sites. As common courtesy dictates, permission should be granted before photographing individuals, especially women.

Taxis – Taxis are easily found in Dubai and can also be ordered by calling +971 4 208 0808. Try to have a supply of smaller notes as taxis often struggle to provide change.

Language – The official language of the UAE is Arabic, although English is widely spoken especially in business and trade fields.


Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate with year round sunshine. The hottest months of the year are from June until September when temperatures can reach well over 45C.

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Local time

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT. There is no summer time savings when clocks are altered.