Conference Information

General Information

Venue

All meetings will take place at Radisson Blu, Dakar Sea Plaza. The address of the hotel is: Route de la Corniche Ouest, BP 16868, Dakar Fann, Sénégal. Tel: +221 33 869 33 33 | Fax: +221 33 869 33 66 | Email: info.dakar@radissonblu.com

Transportation

Airport

The Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport is less than 20 minutes' drive from the hotel. Both taxis and car rental agencies are available at the airport, so you have several easy options for getting into the city. For more information please visit: https://www.aeroport-dakar.com/

Taxi

Taxis are the easiest way of getting around town. They are recognizable by their yellow and black colour. They do not have a taximeter and any ride outside Dakar must be negotiated with the driver before entering the vehicle. The official taxi rates for trips from Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport are put up outside the airport. Don't pay more. For more information please visit:
https://www.aeroport-dakar.com/taxis_location_vehicules_dakar.php#Taxis

Car rental

Car rental agencies represented at the airport include Hertz, National, Avis and Senegal Auto. For more information please visit: https://www.aeroport-dakar.com/taxis_car_rental_parking_dakar_airport.php

Registration/Badges

All participants and official guests are requested to wear their name badge during all events. Admission to the sessions is restricted to registered participants wearing their name badge. Your badge will be handed out at the registration desk at the Radisson Blu Dakar.

Registration opening hours: Monday, 23 October – Friday 27 October from 08:00 – 17:00

Language

A simultaneous interpretation service French-English and English-French will be provided during the plenary meeting (Thursday-Friday). Other meetings will be conducted in English unless specifically indicated, please refer to our agenda.

Catering

Coffee breaks will be provided and served in the foyers of the meeting rooms.  Lunches will be provided at the L'Avenue Restaurant at the Radisson Blu.

Insurance and Liability

It is highly recommended that all participants carry adequate individual travel and health insurance, as RHSC/PATH and/or its agents cannot accept liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur at or during the meetings.

Mobile Phones

As a courtesy to speakers and other delegates, we request that all mobile phones and pagers are turned off before you enter the meeting venue.

Internet

High-speed and/or wireless Internet access is free of charge for all guests throughout the hotel in the hotel- and meeting rooms.

Emergency

In case of emergencies, or for first-aid service during the conference, please contact the staff at the registration desk or the hotel reception.

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Conference Secretariat

For any questions, please contact the RHSC 2017 Congress Administrative Secretariat: AIM Group International.

Address: Mariannengasse 32, A-1090 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 402 77 55 514 | Fax: +43 1 402 77 31
E-Mail: rhsc2017@aimgroup.eu

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Dakar, Sea Plaza

Official congress hotel

Route de la Corniche Ouest, BP 16868, Dakar Fann, Sénégal
Tel: +221 33 869 33 33 | Fax: +221 33 869 33 66 | Email: info.dakar@radissonblu.com 

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The Radisson Blu Super Breakfast is an extensive buffet featuring a range of food items selected from the best of Continental, North European, and American cuisine and is included in the room rate.

Internet Access

As part of the E@syConnect Service concept, Radisson Blu offers Free Internet access. High-speed and/or wireless Internet access is free of charge for all guests throughout the hotel.

Late Checkout

A supplementary fee of XOF 6,500 ~ USD 10 per hour and room will be applied for any late checkout up to 08:00 pm. For departure after 08:00 pm a full night’s rate will be applied.

Early check-in

Check-In is at 3:00 PM on the arrival date. The hotel must be notified of all early check-ins. Room availability is not guaranteed, but the hotel will try to help wherever possible. If a participant wishes to arrive before 3:00 PM and have room availability guaranteed, they may wish to register for the previous night and pay the supplementary night’s fee.

YAAS HOTEL Dakar Almadies

Discounted hotel about 8 km from the meeting venue

Route des Almadies, BP 16144, Dakar, Sénégal Tel : +221 33 859 07 01 | Fax : +221 33 859 07 03
Website: www.yaashotels.com

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HOTEL IBIS

Discounted hotel about 8km from the congress venue

Avenue Abdoulaye Fadiga  18524  Dakar, Sénégal
Tel : +22133 829 59 59 | Fax: +22133 829 59 60 | http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6777-ibis-dakar/index.shtml

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HOTEL LeDdjoloff

Discounted hotel about 4km to the congress venue

7 rue Nani - Fann Hock - Dakar , Sénégal
Tel : +221 33 889 36 30
Website: https://www.hoteldjoloff.com/ 

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Other Information

Visa & Passport

It is the responsibility of the participant to review his/her visa status and determine whether they need a visa or visa renewal for entering the country where the conference is hosted.

You may use the following website as guidelines for the requirements you have to fulfil to enter Senegal and apply accordingly: https://senegal.visahq.com/

Please note that passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are therefore advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate.

All visitors must either hold a return or onward ticket and all documents for next destination. Passports must be valid for at least three months on entry; however, it is highly recommended that passports have at least six months’ validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination as immigration officials sometimes apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

ATM

A cash machine which accepts Visa is available in the conference venue, the Radisson Blu. The Sea Plaza shopping mall, just 8 min walk from the Radisson Blu has ATMs, accepting Visa & Mastercard.

Climate

The weather is generally hot and humid during the meeting period. There are two seasons: the rainy season from June to October and the dry season between November and May. Humidity is highest during the rainy season and sea temperatures are warmer during this period. Rainfall varies from 12 inches (300mm) in the extreme north to 59 inches (1,500mm) in the far south, and although showers don't last very long they can cause disruption to transport. Dakar temperatures average 86° F (30°C) between June and October.

Communication / Phones

The international dialling code for Senegal is +221.

Senegal's telephone system is one of the most developed in Africa. Local SIM cards can easily be purchased at any phone provider shop or at the Sea Plaza shopping mall. Mobile phone operators provide GSM 900 cell phone coverage. Cybercafés offer Internet connections in the main cities.

Currency

The official currency is the West African CFA Franc (XOF), which is divided into 100 centimes. Exchange rates:  1 USD ~ 610 XOF, 1 Euro ~ 655 XOF 

There are ATMs in Dakar. Credit cards are accepted by major establishments catering to the tourist trade, with American Express being the most widely accepted; commission is charged.

Traveller’s cheques can be cashed in Dakar.

Electricity

The electricity supply in Senegal is 230V/50Hz. Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs. British, North American and other non-European tourists should bring adaptors.

Language

The official language is French, but there are six other national languages spoken, including Wolof, which is the most widely used, as well as numerous other dialects.

Local customs

The majority of the population is Muslim and it is generally a conservative society where dress and behaviour should be modest, especially outside the main tourist areas. Public displays of affection between men and women should be avoided, and acts of homosexuality are illegal. Drunkenness is offensive. Religious customs should be respected, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan when eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited by the Muslim faith; visitors should avoid eating and drinking in public during this time.

Night Life

Dakar has a vibrant night life with several concerts bars, night clubs and restaurant. For any details visit www.au-senegal.com.

Safety information

In general, Dakar is a safe city. However, as in any big city, it would be cautious not to venture alone late into the night in some neighborhoods or in isolated and uncrowded corners.

Tipping

Larger hotels and restaurants usually include a service charge of 10 to 15 percent. Taxi drivers are not usually tipped.

Travel Health

A yellow fever vaccination is a requirement for entry to Senegal if coming from an infected area, but all travellers should be vaccinated against yellow fever as a precaution. For more information in regard to immunization requirements for your trip, please consult a healthcare professional.

Medical facilities are good in Dakar, but are limited in the rest of the country. Travellers should ensure they have comprehensive health insurance.