SLA-AGC Conference Online Registration is closed , we will have Onsite Registration on Monday 6th of March from 4:00 PM to 7:00 ِPM and Tuesday 7th of March from 7:30 AM to 11:00 ِAM, The registration will take place at front of Muharraq ballroom, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. We look forward to welcome you all next week in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Why Attend

The Special Libraries Association-Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC) takes great Pleasure in inviting you to be part of the SLA-AGC 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr , AbuDhabi , UAE during 23-25 April, 2013.

SLA-AGC is now in its 19th year, having grown from a small symposium attended by Just 100 delegates back in 1993, to a full conference program attended by over 700 Delegates from around the Gulf region, the Arab states and the world.

The value of the conference to participants is probably best endorsed by the number of participants each year, and the repeat participation of librarians and information Specialists every year. Most delegates are key decision makers in their organizations; We aim to build on the success of the 2012 in Bahrain conference and make 2013 an even better Experience for both delegates and exhibitors. We are working hard to produce a varied program that will enable the delegates to engage and interact with each other.

The aim of each conference is not only to provide a forum for discussion and learning , but also an opportunity for delegates to develop new business relationships. SLA-AGC is committed to both running a successful, productive and regionally significant conference and ensuring that the important position that our sponsors occupy in the industry is acknowledged and recognized. We hope that you see the benefits and advantages of supporting SLA-AGC annual Conference in 2013, and SLA-AGC as a partner in staging this Conference. In an increasingly technology-oriented society, the effectiveness of information technologies into Libraries operations is more important than ever.

The exhibition and conference held last year had received an overwhelming response with over 60 companies, and 200 exhibitors , and 500 delegates attending the conference technical session from across Bahrain, GCC, and from around the globe. We are confident that this year's conference will have more success in attracting various Librarians, information professionals, STM publishers, E-Content providers and practitioners in the field of libraries and knowledge management within and beyond the region.

The SLA-AGC 2013 provides a highly interactive and professional platform for exchanging concepts, visions, progress, and we welcome any innovative researchers, and approach participation from relevant organizations to be our partners in this significant gathering. I look forward to seeing you all in AbuDhabi, UAE for the SLA-AGC 19th Annual conference & exhibition.

Wish you all the best.

Mohamed Mubarak

SLA- Arabian Gulf Chapter

Invitation Letter

If you would like to get an invitation letter to attend the 19th annual annual conference of SLA - Arabian Gulf Chapter in AbuDhabi, UAE, please send an email to :
Mrs.Athraa ALAlwaii
Public Relation officer
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Hotel & Accommodation

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr boasts a prime location at the mainland gateway to the cosmopolitan city of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. With its strikingly, contemporary architecture, this beachfront business hotel offers the highest level of comfort and elegance throughout its 369 Guest Rooms and Suites,
This luxury Abu Dhabi hotel showcases unrivalled views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and provides easy access to the city centre and main exhibitions facilities. It is in close proximity to Abu Dhabi International Airport and city’s numerous golf courses.

For SLA Conference and Exhibition Rates and Bookings Please CLICK HERE

Or Contact
Fatima Al Gizouli Senior Manager, Conference Services and Catering

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr P.O. Box 114304
Between The Bridges Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel: +971 2 6543140
Mobile: +971 506109934
Fax: +971 2 6543323

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Getting a VISA for UAE

Citizens of Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America and the Vatican State can get a free-of-charge entry visa upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE.

Citizens of all other countries will need to apply for a Tourist, Transit or Visit Visa prior to their trip. If you are flying with Etihad Airways, a visit visa may be arranged for you upon request. If you have booked your trip through a travel agency, in most cases they will be able to arrange this for you.

Five, four and three star hotels can apply for visas on behalf of guests who have booked a stay with them. Please note that not all five, four and three star hotels have this system in place. Make sure you check with your preferred hotel if they offer this service. This service does not currently apply to guests staying in hotel apartments

While the airline, travel agency and hotel can apply for your visa, please make sure you give yourself enough time for it to be approved, and note that they do not take responsibility if the visa is declined.

Otherwise, you will need to apply for a visa through your nearest UAE embassy. An eye scan will be required at the airport.

For more information on visa types or how to get your visa, visit the Abu Dhabi Government website or call its contact centre on +971 2 666 4442 (800-555 from inside the UAE)

To make things easier, an electronic visa service is now available for some countries. Getting an eVisa before arriving should save you time queuing and having the correct currency or change.

In addition, The Fairmont Hotel are most delighted to provide assistance to facilitate visa requirement of all participants. If you are not a GCC citizen please fill the Visa Application Form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a clear scan of the first four pages of your passport, a photograph (personal picture specifications: picture size 40kb maximum, picture type JPG or GIF, picture must be coloured) and a copy of the front and back of your credit card.

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