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October 16, 2021 - October 18, 2021

Hybrid Event


October 16 2021 - October 18 2021


Women's Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier, Expo 2020 Dubai


Free of charge

The AfCFTA event at the Expo 2020 Women’s Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier is a unique opportunity to bring together AfCFTA entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders highlighting outstanding contributions, successes and challenges and showcasing creativity. Providing a combination of panel discussions, key note speakers, roundtable and master classes, it will be a non ticketed and invitation only for some sessions. The one day event will highlight the major progress and successes made by the women and the challenges they faced and shared lessons learned. It will also provide an opportunity for networking and a space for prospective entrepreneurs to gain insight. Finally, it will bring key industry experts and players together to collaborate.
  • Showcase women
  • Cutting edge and innovative products and services
  • Breaking barriers
  • Highlight
  • Create opportunities for upscaling and entering new markets, new partnerships
  • Inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders
  • Create visibility of the significant contributions being made

DAY 1 - 16th October 2021

Time Activity
10:00 - 10:30 Welcome coffee
10:30 - 10:40 Welcoming remarks
10:40 - 11:00 Keynote address/s
11:00 - 12:00 Guest speakers
12:00 - 13:30 Panel - Aspirational and Innovative Women Traders in AfCFTA
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Masterclasses/capacity building sessions - Why Sustainability Matters for Small Business: Practical Solutions on the Path to Going Green - Exporting to MENA - Strategic growth through entering dynamic markets via capitalizing on Expo 2020 opportunities
16:00 - 16:10 Closing
16:10 - 16:20 Vote of thanks
16:30 - 17:30 Networking/matchmaking

DAY 2 - 17th October 2021

Time Activity
10:30 - 12:30 Visit Terra Pavilion (Sustainability)
  •  As you explore the Sustainability District, you’ll see some of the world’s most advanced technology in action, what countries are doing to champion sustainability, and experience how the human race can enjoy living in harmony with nature in a high-tech future.
  • African Pavilions – Benin, Burkina Faso, Central Africa Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch at African Hall
14:15- 16:15 Visit Alif Pavilion (Mobility)
  • Experience how the Mobility District creates connections to drive the world forward, breaking down the divide between the physical and digital worlds to build a harmonious, global society where information, ideas and goods are exchanged faster than ever before.
  • African Pavilions – Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Gambia, Cote d’Iviore, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo
16:15 Visit Mission Impossible (Opportunity)
  • Witness how our lives and actions are interconnected in the Opportunity District. Meet the people worldwide who are transforming dreams and aspirations into the realities of tomorrow, and be empowered to shape the future by unlocking the potential within yourself.
  • African Pavilions – Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan

DAY 3 - 18th October 2021

Explore Dubai (Optional).
This tour will be arranged by the event organisers, but kindly note that the entry fees are to be borne by participants
Time Activity
10:30 - 12:30 Option 1 - Dubai Helicopter Tours 5 passengers per flight – AED 814 pp, 7 sights over 17 minutes
( Burj Al Arab, The World Islands, The Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, Burj Khalifa, The Palm Jumeirah Coastline, Port Rashid)
10:30 - 12:30 Option 2 – Burj Khalifa Tour – AED 154
12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 Heritage Safari AED 595 (JOINT SESSION)
The Heritage Collection showcases the cultural heritage and natural environment of Dubai. Heritage Desert Safaris in museum-quality, vintage Land Rover vehicles. Our Bedouin camps are built traditionally using natural wood and stone, nestled inside the privacy of a Royal desert retreat. Our chefs prepare traditional Emirati and Arabic dishes using traditional methods and authentic recipes. Local performers provide cultural entertainment from Dubai like the Yola dance
One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is home to nearly 200 nationalities and offers a truly memorable experience to all visitors. Whether it is by the banks of the Creek, or at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai lives and breathes a sense of possibility and innovation. And with an unparalleled coastline, beautiful desert and magnificent cityscapes, memories are just waiting to be made here.

Women’s Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier, Expo 2020 Dubai

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.


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)

Dubai has an extensive ATM network you can use to withdraw cash. If your credit or debit card belongs to the Cirrus, Maestro or Plus networks (the three most common card networks worldwide), ATMs in Dubai will most probably accept it. Your bank can confirm which network your card belongs to. All ATMs display the logos of the card networks they accept.

Remember to advise your bank that you will be away. If you do not, your transactions may be flagged as suspicious and your card may be frozen.

ATMs in Dubai typically have daily withdrawal limits in the region of AED 5000.

All passengers arriving in the country must declare cash or other monetary instruments in their possession in a total amount of minimum AED 60,000 or its equivalent in foreign currencies and travelers cheques.

The rate of Value Added Tax (VAT) is 5 per cent. Visitors in the UAE pay VAT at the point of sale. It is included in the price of the goods.

Tourists and visitors can claim a refund on VAT paid on purchases they made during their stay in the UAE. Recovery of payment will be done through a fully integrated electronic system which connects retailers registered in the ‘Tax Refund for Tourists Scheme’ with all ports of entry and exit from the UAE.

Visitors will receive their refunds through a special device placed at the departure port – airport, seaport, or border port – by submitting the tax invoices for their purchases from the outlets registered in the Scheme, along with copies of their passport and credit card.

Once these documents are submitted, visitors can either recover the VAT in cash in UAE dirhams, or have it transferred to their credit card.

The visitor needs to make an eligible purchase of a minimum AED 250. The shop assistant captures information from the visitor’s Passport (this should be the same Passport that was used to enter the UAE). The shop assistant enters the transaction purchase price. The Tax Free Tag is attached to the back of the sales receipt and scanned to link the transaction with the visitor’s Passport.

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Congress and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice or check that your current insurance policy covers all the situations arising out or related to your registration and participation in the Congress. The policy should include loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Congress, or through cancellation of the Congress, loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason, loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes, failure to utilize tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay, Force Majeure or any other reason, medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover), loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. Please note that insurance policies are to be purchased in your country of origin. Travel insurance covering accidents and medical problems is strongly advised. The standard of medical treatment in Dubai is high, but so is the cost, especially in private clinics and hospitals. A policy that pays medical providers directly rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later is a good idea. If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.

By registering to the Congress you expressly accept that the Congress organizer is not liable for any participant’s failure to arrange his/her own and suitable insurance coverage. You must check whether this insurance coverage is to be purchased in your country of origin or whether it could be purchased abroad including in the country where the Congress takes place.

The UAE has a modern, efficient telephone network and three mobile networks: Etisalat, Du and Virgin Mobile. Phonecards are available in various denominations from grocery stores, supermarkets and petrol stations. You can also buy a local sim card from the arrival sections once you exit the airport.

+971+4+subscriber number
Calling abroad from UAE:  00+country code
Dubai area code:  04
Directory Enquiries:  181

Mobile numbers start with 050, 052, 054, 055, 056 & 058. Mobile phones operate on GSM900/1800, the same as Europe, Asia and Australia.

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.

Dubai has endless options when it comes to Dining, endless in numbers of restaurants and in the diversity of cuisines. The multicultural soul of Dubai is truthfully represented in the culinary variety that you will find in the city. From more casual options in the malls, to world-renowned fine dining places – everything is there.

Dubai is named a “Shopping Paradise” for a good reason. It is home to one of the biggest shopping malls in the world, the Dubai Mall, where you can find the world in one place. There are also several other places, where you can have a fulfilling shopping experience such as Mall of the Emirates, Mirdiff City Centre, Festival City and Ibn Battuta Mall.

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. Follow our detailed guide for a list of handy phrases.

Hello Marhaba

How are you? Kaeef halak

Good morning Sabah el khair

Good evening Massa el khair

Goodbye MaAa es-salama

Sorry Asef

Please MinFadlak

Stop Tawaqaf

Thank you Shukran-Lak

Yes/No NaAm/La

I don’t Know Laa Aref

Who?/What? Man/Maza 

Where?/Why? Ayna/Lemaza

How much? Kam

Do you speak English? hal TaTaKalam alanglizia

I don’t speak Arabicana La ataKalam El Aarabya

What is your name? ma iSmaK

My name is…ismii…

Dubai is a cosmopolitan city and a diverse melting pot where almost all attires and cultural expressions are accepted. Swimwear is permissible at beaches, waterparks, public pools and spa areas but is not considered appropriate in areas such as business districts and shopping malls.

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.

UTC/GMT +4 hours all of the period

In Dubai and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the standard voltage is 220V at a frequency of 50 Hz. Electrical products and devices intended for use in most other countries will just need a plug socket adapter for use in Dubai and the UAE.

911 for Police
997 for      Fire Department (Civil Defence)
996 for Coastguard

In case of a medical emergency call for the ambulance on 998 (from anywhere in the UAE). 

UAE’s hospitals can handle any medical emergency. During medical emergencies, a hospital will accept you for initial treatment and may transfer you to a hospital better equipped to deal with your problem. 

The UAE provides standard medical care and visitors can easily obtain medical treatment from either private or government hospitals. In case of emergency, treatment to stabilise the case is free. Other treatment must be paid for by cash, credit card or insurance.

Nearly 100 foreign embassies are located 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.

  • Business Leaders
  • Women Entrepreneurs
  • Women doing business in Africa, with Africa, from Africa
  • Institutions/Government Partners
  • NGOs

Registration for Participants, Exhibitors and Sponsors


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