Guest Info

Covid Test (Mandatory)

To protect you and other guests, a recent negative Covid test is required for admission. Guests must provide a negative PCR test (not older than 48h) upon arrival; or arrive early in the morning (between 08:00-8:30 am) for a rapid antigen test (takes 15 min) before admission. Those who attend the evening reception on 25 October (when confirmed) can have the test done at Rotana.

Free Seating 

Seating inside the conference hall is free, except for a small number of front seats that are usually booked for speakers or certain dignitaries.


Wireless Internet is available in all the hotels, and the conference venue, but the latter can be unreliable if overloaded.


Please use our twitter hashtag:  #MERIForum

Meeting Languages

Sessions and panel discussions will be conducted in English, Arabic and Kurdish, with instant translation between all three.


During the Forum, speakers and up to 150 invited/sponsored participants will be offered complementary lunch.  Those who requested attendance (via email or online, unpaid) and others who turn up without prior notice are expected to cover their own meals. There are several restaurant options available inside and outside the Rotana hotel.

Dress Code

The dress code is formal business attire for all sessions and events.

Further Assistance

More information on logistics and accommodation are found here. For any other query, please get in touch with us at events[@]