For Attendants


Please check-in at the registration desk each day of the conference.  You will receive a name badge which must be presented upon entry into the main hall each day.

The Forum is divided into sessions, around 100 minutes each, including up to ten minute introduction by the chair, 10-15 minutes for each speaker to discuss their views on the topic, followed by a question and answer period up to 45 minutes.  We welcome your engagement, but please make your question brief, and in the form of a question and not a comment.

Please minimize all talking and noise in the main hall and remember to silence all mobile devices.

Bodyguards, photographers, and assistants are not allowed in the main hall. Please ask your associates to cooperate by finding a suitable place to wait in the hotel lobby.



Professional, simultaneous translation of the entire Forum will be available in English, Arabic, and Kurdish.  Please pick-up your headset, if you need it, at the translation booth inside the main hall. An Identity card may be required by the owner.


Food and Food Vouchers

The hotel is home to several dining options, and additional options are located in the immediate vicinity of the Rotana Hotel. According to your invitation and registration type, you may receive or purchase a food voucher for each day. Please pick up your voucher at the registration desk for each day.

Inside the Rotana Hotel: Basilico Italian Cuisine, Flavours Buffet, Al Bustan Lebanese Cuisine

Bond Lobby lounge.

Directly Adjacent to the Rotana Hotel:  Costa Rica Café, Cinnabon, PJ’s Pizza

Near to the Rotana Hotel (English Village):  Naranj Syrian Cuisine, Amazon and

Costello Café International Cuisine

Divan:  Seasons International Cuisine, Chopin Bar, Qi21 Sushi Bar

Dream City: DC Steakhouse, American Cuisine, Lavazza Café & Barista Café

Ainkawa: Live Music and Middle Eastern Cuisine at Venus and Marina restaurants, Chaldean

Cultural Club

For your convenience Holland Bazaar – located in English Village – is a food market, which also carries personal and office products.

Erbil Visitor Information

 Transportation:  Taxis are readily available. Most taxi fares are around 5000 IQD (about $4).  Airport Taxis cost more and accept USD or IQD.


Citadel (Qalat) and Bazaar: Erbil’s Citadel is the longest inhabited structure in the world. It is currently under renovation, but one can enter and go to the Textile Museum – an amazing collection of rugs and traditional Kurdish fashions. Also, one can view the Citadel from the Bazaar below. The indoor bazaar is a traditional bazaar selling everything from spices, Syrian Olive Oil Soap, and gold jewelry, to clothes, shoes, and household goods.

Syriac Heritage Museum: This interesting museum in Ainkawa is filled with ancient artifacts, folk art, and costumes. There is information about the Syriac communities and historical sites in Iraq.

For any assistance or inquiries, please see any MERI representative in the hall or contact: