Practical Information

GBSN Beyond 2023 will be accessible both virtually on the Whova platform, and in-person, in the city of Cairo. Leading academic faculty, leaders and administrators, professionals from industry and civil society are invited to join us in-person in Egypt.

In-Person Participation


Cairo

Located on the banks of the Nile River, Cairo is surrounded by stunning desert landscapes that have captivated visitors for centuries. The city itself is a living museum, with countless historical sites and monuments that tell the story of its long and storied past. From the Pyramids of Giza to the ancient mosques and palaces, Cairo is a treasure trove of archaeological wonders. The city has a thriving academic community and is home to several world-class universities and research institutions, making it an ideal location for intellectual exchange and collaboration.

Accommodations

GBSN recommends staying at one of the following hotels. Bus transportation will be provided to and from the hotels and conference venues and activities.

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa

The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes is a jewel in the center of a prestigious private enclave in New Cairo, Egypt.

How to Book?

Complete the hotel booking form and email it directly to Mohammed.Aly@marriott.com.

Prime Residences – New Cairo

Prime Residence is strategically situated in the fifth settlement, New Cairo City. The uniquely designed serviced apartments include studios, one and two-bedrooms apartments.

Conference Locations

GBSN MEMBERS MEETING & WELCOME RECEPTION

The American University in Cairo Tahrir Square Campus

113 Al Kasr Al Aini, Ad Dawawin, Abdeen, Cairo Governorate 11511, Egypt

Monday, 30 October

CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

AUC New Cairo

First Division New Cairo, Cairo Governorate 4728120, Egypt

Tuesday, 31 October & Wednesday, 1 November

Opening Welcome Reception

AUC Old Campus Gardens

Cocktail Reception & Gala Dinner

Dahab Island Palace

Visa Information for Egypt

Prior to Your Departure

  • North American citizens, European citizens, and Australians can get a tourist visa upon their arrival at Cairo International Airport valid for one month for $25. Yet it is advisable to apply for an entry visa from your home country
  • You must have a valid passport for six months beyond your arrival date. If not, then you need to renew your passport at least three months before your departure date to avoid any unforeseen delays
  • Citizens from the following countries have to obtain a visa prior to their arrival: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Croatia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, The Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and all African countries
  • Before coming to Egypt, it is important to check with the Egyptian consulate or embassy in your country about changing visa regulations

Please contact Emma Martens at emartens@gbsn.org if you need any conference documentation for a visa application.

Travel

Travel By Air
The major airport in Cairo is Cairo International Airport (CAI). The airport is approximately 40 minutes from the conference venue by taxi.

Conference Travel

GBSN will provide transportation to all conference activities from the conference hotel.

Dress Code

The dress code for the conference is business casual. The dress code for the Gala Dinner is cocktail or national dress.

Weather in Cairo in October & November  

Temperatures in Egypt in October and November are warm. The Egyptian climate is quite warm and dry year-round. Average daytime temperatures in late October are around 75°F (24°C) with highs around 85°F (29°C) and lows of 67°F (19°C). We recommend packing light clothing with a jacket for the evenings.

Additional Logistics Questions

If you have any additional questions please reach out to the GBSN Beyond team at beyond@gbsn.org.