General Information

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10) will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from 8 – 13 February 2020.   Held every two years, the Forum is an important event on the international calendar bringing together a wide range of participants from around the world to discuss key urban challenges facing the world today.  Since its inception at the first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, the Forum has grown in stature as it travelled to stunning new destinations every two years – Barcelona, Spain 2004, Vancouver, Canada 2006, Nanjing, China 2008, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2010, Naples, Italy 2012, Medellin, Colombia 2014. In 2018 WUF9 took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was attended by more than 24,000 people – the theme was Cities 2030 – Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda. More information on previous WUF session is found on

Discussions during the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi will focus on the main theme: Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation.

Language(s) used at the WUF10

What language will be used in WUF10 events?

The working language of the World Urban Forum is English. All major events at the Forum will have English – Arabic – English interpretation.The opening/closing sessions, dialogues, special sessions and live TV shows (e.g. Urban talks) will have all six UN official languages (English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese); and three UN languages (English, French and Spanish) will be for: roundtables, assemblies and press conferences.Networking events, Training events and Side events will only have interpretation if the organizer of the event funds the respective services.

Sign Language and accessibility

There will be an extremely limited number of sessions which may offer either American or Arabic sign language.

Wheelchair Access

ADNEC requires persons with disabilities be afforded the same opportunities and access as other visitors enjoy, therefore ramps and lifts are provided at the entrances to ADNEC. Lifts operate between the floors.

ADNEC retains a small number of wheelchairs available per day during the Forum days from the ADNEC First Aid Point adjacent to Hall 8 concourse.  These wheel chairs are only to be loaned to visitors including exhibitors and VIP guests with the following conditions:

  • Temporary or permanent disability,
  • Non-critical Medical conditions such as dizziness, tiredness or pain.

Wheelchairs are loaned on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved.  Any request to use the ADNEC wheel chairs to be directed to the ADNEC first aid Point in hall 8 concourse area via email or telephone 02 406 3598

ADNEC first aid staff will check the participant to ensure that he/she is stable and does not require any medical treatment. The checks to include vital signs and visual check for any injuries.

ADNEC first aid Staff will fill out the form that includes the pre-hire checks on the wheelchair:

  • The participant will sign the wheelchair request form and agree to the terms and conditions that includes that any damage to the wheelchair or to the users during the hire period is not ADNEC’s liability and will be a responsibility of the person hiring the wheelchair.
  • The user shall submit one’s ID (Emirates ID, driving license) to the first aid staff as per the procedure.
  • Will be responsible for any damages incurred on the wheel chair including replacement if deemed necessary or ADNEC property.
  • Will be responsible to ensure the wheelchair is returned to the first aid in due time.

Returning the wheelchair

The wheelchairs must be returned to the ADNEC first aid point – hall 8 concourse.

ADNEC first aid staff will check the wheel chair for any defects / damages during the use. If the returned wheelchair is damaged the following points are to be followed. In case of no damage, continue to point c of this section.

The information will be communicated to the user and security control to investigate the cause and incident location.

Wheelchair user will fill out and sign the form section for the damaged wheelchair and agreeing to pay for any charged incurred to fix or replace the wheel chair.

The ID shall be duly returned to the user once the wheelchair is returned to the first aid point.

Any cost for fixing or replacing the wheelchair will be charged back to the user at the details provided in the wheelchair lending form.

Once the checks are completed the ADNEC first aid staff will fill out the wheelchair lending form closing the form and returning all IDs or the deposit to the user.