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2019 Special Events and Guest Tour

Special Events

Special events make up a large part of the experience of the Currency Conference, giving individuals the opportunity for unique networking and also the chance to see some of the city. The Spouse/Guest Tour helps encourage delegates to bring their family/friends along for the experience, making the Currency Conference a family affair.

Read on for a taste of what Dubai offered to the 2019 Currency Conference delegates and families...


Sunday, April 7

Welcome | Desert Dinner Under the Stars | 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The Sahara Fortress, an original fortress set in 37 million square feet of undulating dunes and populated with indigenous flora and fauna, was the ideal setting for delegates' first night in the United Arab Emirates. Combining luxury with nature and culture, the Fortress offered an authentic glimpse into the rich history and traditions of the Arab world inspired by the Bedouin lifestyle.


Monday, April 8

Exhibition Reception | 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Delegates enjoyed refreshments and entertainment with sponsors while mingling with colleagues in the Exhibit Lounge.


Tuesday, April 9

Happy Hour with Currency Research | Andiamo! Restaurant | 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Delegates stopped by for a drink and a tasty Italian-style snack before heading to other evening adventures. This casual meet-up with CR was a great way to unwind after the day's intense program. All delegates were welcome.


Wednesday, April 10

Gala Dinner – A 'Night at the Opera' Evening of Elegance | 6:00pm - 11:00pm

The exquisite design of the Dubai Opera, a masterpiece of contemporary design and a stylish tribute to Dubai’s maritime and pearl-hunting history, was the setting for the 2019 Gala Dinner. Located in Downtown Dubai, often considered the most prestigious square kilometer in the world, delegates witnessed views of the majestic Dubai Fountain and the iconic Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. The beauty of this special venue, the delectable taste of the culinary creations, and the most captivating entertainment, together created an unforgettable, elegant experience.

But the night didn't end there for the adventurous...

Gala After-Party at Cavalli Club

Delegates danced the rest of the night away in one of Dubai's best late night venues!


Spouse/Guest Experience

Monday, April 8

Spouse/Guest Tour | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Guests enjoyed authentic flavors and stories during a fascinating food and culture tour showcasing Dubai's roots and traditions. They discovered places old timers frequent, in parts of the city that few tourists visit.

Tour Schedule

9:30am Pick up from Grand Hyatt Dubai
9:45am Tour at the Halwa Factory to try the regional sweet delicacy, halwa.
10:00am-11:00am Dubai Gold Souq shopping
11:15am From the Dubai Gold Souq, begin walking through the Spice Souq where guides will talk about the most famous spices and explain their uses. There will be time to shop spices, assisted by the tour guides.
12:15pm Embark on an abra (traditional boat) to cross the Creek to the Bastakiya heritage site where you will explore the alleys and see the traditional wind towers to experience what life was like before the Emirates.
12:40pm Enjoy lunch at the Arabian Tea House. The two guides will explain the protocol of eating sharing platters and speak about the local culture and tradition. Engage in a conversation with the guides and have any questions answered.
2:00pm Tour the Coffee Museum or go shopping around Bastakiya area. At the Coffee Museum learn about different regional types of coffee (Arabic Style, Ethiopian Style, Japanese Style etc.), coffee roasting, and coffee brewing.
3:00pm Shopping time or return to the hotel.

PLEASE NOTE: Agenda/programs subject to change.