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.

The Forum will be held at Abu Dhabi Exhibition Center- ADNEC, Khaleej Al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi. More information can be found at:

Map of AbuDhabi


The World Urban Youth Assembly

The World Urban Youth Assembly, which will be held on 8 February 2020, is a platform for young people to debate matters of concern to them for consideration at the Forum. The idea is to ensure that the views of young people – by far the majority of the global population – are taken into account. This applies especially to their concerns about living in decent equitable, inclusive cities with better employment prospects.

The Gender Equality Action Assembly

The Gender Equality Action Assembly, taking place in parallel with the Youth Assembly on 8 February 2020, will bring together partners to discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the UN-Habitat Gender Equality Action Plan (2013-2019) . Focus will be on the challenges, progress, strategies for action and emerging issues pertinent to promoting gender equality and women's empowerment in sustainable urban development including in the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA).

The Business Assembly

The private sector counts as vital partners of UN-Habitat and many private companies will be playing important roles in Abu Dhabi. The assembly will also be held on 8 February 2020 and will enable industry captains and business leaders to meet and discuss matters of mutual concern with mayors, law enforcement officers, community representatives, urban planners and all who share the common goal of a better and smarter urban future.

How may I find out what time an event is scheduled to take place at WUF10?

This information is found in the WUF10 website and constantly updated as information becomes available.

Upon receiving the WUF10 Forum badge, participants will also receive a delegate's bag with documentation on WUF10 and other items.

When will the WUF10 Programme be available?

We expect to have the WUF10 programme available on the website by mid-January 2020.

Who can exhibit?

An international World Urban Forum exhibition, opens from the first to the last day of the Forum, covering over 18,000m2 (indoor between hall 7 to 10 and outdoor at Centre Plaza) will showcase some of the world’s premier institutions, the  United Nations agencies and other international and regional organizations with many innovations in urban development in relation to the main theme.  Promising a very exciting glimpse into the future of our urban world.  The exhibition at each session of the Forum is a favorite highlight and is open to the public and participants.  A complimentary standard booth of 9m2 will be set aside for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) on a first-come, first-served basis.  Those wishing to exhibit will need to book well in advance.

Any organization related or interested on UN-Habitat work can be an exhibitor. Private Sector, cities, countries, non-governmental organizations, foundations are more than welcome to participate in the exhibition. UN-Habitat secretariat will be in charge of selecting the exhibitors in order to give coherence with the general exhibition.

How may I apply for exhibition space?

Booking for exhibition space is open on this website and embedded as part of the overall registration form. You will be able to reserve exhibition space on a first-come first-serve basis. Upon payment, reservation for your space will be confirmed. Note that you need to register on-line as an exhibitor. An exhibition guide is  available on this website.

If I register as an exhibitor, do I need to register as a participant?

To be registered as an exhibitor  means that you are registered for  WUF10. All registrations are done individually.  WUF10 photo badge is a requirement for admission into the venue of the Forum.

Do I have access to the meetings if I am registered as an exhibitor?

All registered exhibitors may access the meetings which are open to all participants at WUF10?

I only want to visit the Exhibition; do I have to register?

If you wish to visit the Exhibition you need to register and obtain a photo badge.

Can I sell publications or any other products in my exhibition?

Due to country regulations concerning tax remittances and other laws, this is not authorized.

Can I find online exhibition guideline?

Exhibition guidelines is posted on this website.

Who may participate?

The Forum is an open meeting, and everyone is welcome to attend. Some meetings might be only open to specific partner types, which will be indicated in the program.  All are welcome to take part in the World Urban Forum and actively exchange ideas and best practices.

What kind of events will take place at WUF10?

Events will include dialogues sessions, peer roundtables, networking events, training events, special sessions, side events and an array of other sessions.

Who may attend these events?

Participation in the World Urban Forum is open to representatives of national governments, local authorities and other Habitat Agenda partners from all over the world. The latter mainly include the Global Parliamentarians on Habitat, non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, human settlement professionals, research institutions and academies of science, the private, business and non-profit sectors, foundations, relevant UN organizations, multilateral finance institutions and other international agencies.

Will I need an invitation letter from UN-Habitat to participate in a WUF10 event?

UN-Habitat does not issue an invitation letter. Once a participant registers online for the Forum, you will receive an automatic generated e-mail to confirm your registration.

Participants must individually register for the Forum.  Online registration is free of charge, should be submitted in English only and has commenced on the Forum website.  Those attending are expected to meet their own travel, accommodation and living expenses. 

On-line registration is encouraged to expedite provision of the WUF10 photo badge which is a requirement for admission into the venue of the Forum. Upon your successful completion of the registration form, you will receive an auto-generated e-mail confirming your registration.

Please come with a copy of the e-mail confirmation which contains a unique registration number and QR code to the registration area at the Forum to obtain the WUF10 photo badge.

Online registration will close on 21 January 2020 (midnight GMT+3)

When will the online registration open?

Online registration  commenced on 1 August 2019

Which language is the registration form in?

Online registration is available in English.

Is the registration individual?

Yes, everybody must be register as an individual. WUF10 photo badge is a requirement for admission into the venue of the Forum.

Is there a registration fee?

The World Urban Forum is a United Nations meeting and no fee is charged. Registration is a free on-line procedure accessible through the Forum website.

How do I choose the appropriate registration form and partner types?

The World Urban Forum has one registration form which should be filled in according to your partner type at the time of registration. Below please find categories of the forms available and examples of partners types:

Partner Type Description
National Government: Heads of States of Governments – Representatives of Government and Diplomats
Parliamentarian: Members of National, Regional or Federal Parliaments
Regional / Local Government and Municipality: Federal Governments or State Representatives, Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Counselors, Provisional Governors and Provisional Administration Representatives, Local Authority Associations, City Councils, Townships, Prefectures and Provinces
Inter-governmental Organizations: Regional Organizations, Regional Banks and International Financial Institutions, Regional Economic Communities, International Cultural, Scientific or Linguistic Organizations
Civil Society Organization: Non-Governmental Organization representatives, Representatives of Women and Youth organizations, Social Movements, Indigenous People Organizations, Faith based organizations, Community Based Organizations, Trade Unions
Foundation: Foundation Representatives
Private Sector: Private Sector Companies, Multinational Companies, Individual Private Businesses, Business Associations, Chamber of Commerce
United Nations System: UN Agencies, UN Programmes, UN Departments, UN Offices and Funds, Regional Economic Communities, UN Councils, Other UN Entities (For the registration of UN-Habitat staff, the registration team will provide a separate link to register)
Academia/Research: Academic, Librarians, Researchers, Research Assistants, University Staff, Students and Professors
Media: Journalists, Cameramen, Photographers, Media Representatives
Individual: Citizens in the U.A.E. who wish to attend the 10th session of the World Urban Forum (WUF10)



Are there restrictions in attending any event during WUF10?

Generally, all events are open, but where an event is closed it will be reflected in the conference programme. The only restriction applies to certain high-level round tables involving peers alone, which are not open to the general public.

Are there restrictions in attending any event during WUF10?

Generally, all events are open, but where an event is closed it will be reflected in the conference programme. The only restriction applies to certain high-level round tables involving peers alone, which are not open to the general public.

Individuals interested in WUF10

People interested in WUF10 who wish to attend official meetings and don’t belong to any of the above partner type.

Please note that these examples do not limit the possibilities but, are a guide to facilitate comprehension of the registration process.

All UN-Habitat staff, including volunteers will register through dedicated links.

How do I get media accreditation?

To register as a member of the media, go through the regular registration process and select "Media" under type of participation.

All media personnel must be accredited as Media for WUF 10 to participate or cover the event. On the online registration portal Media is required to scan and upload the following documents:

  1. A recognized national or international press association card or press pass
  2. A corresponding national identification card or passport.

    When will onsite registration start (dates and time?)

    Accreditation to obtain the WUF10 photo badge will commence at the Forum venue on 5 February 2020, (registration schedule to be made available at a later stage). All arriving participants are urged to make use of this early accreditation service in order to avoid long queues during the official opening day of the Forum on Sunday, 9 February 2020, which could cause delays and even result in missing the Opening Ceremony of the Forum.

    Please present a copy of the e-mail confirmation which contains a unique registration number and QR code to the registration area at the Forum to obtain the WUF10 photo badge.

    Where can I find information desk?

    Various information desks are found within the venue.

    Where can I find (staff/focal point coordinating events)

    Please ask at the Information desk for directions.

    Whom should I contact regarding accreditation?

    There will be visible directions and staff guiding participants to the main registration area.

    Visa and Invitation Letter

    Do I need an invitation letter from UN-Habitat for visa processing?

    No. An invitation letter from UN-Habitat is not a requirement. You will need to contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United Arab Emirates in your country. UN-Habitat will not issue any visa or invitation letter.  However, all participants are required to register for the Forum to access the venue and attend its meetings.

    How do I apply for a visa?

    Please read the information below to check if you can obtain a visa on arrival or if you require a prearranged visa to enter the United Arab Emirates.

    Visa on Arrival

    Citizens of Australia, Andorra, Austria, Brunei, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, 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.

    Other Countries - Prearranged Visa

    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.

    Local travel agencies which have this system in place can apply for visas on behalf of guests.

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

    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.

    Delegates also can apply for their visa with WUF 10 Logistic Partner “MCI Middle East” at the following process:

    • Fill out the attached application form

    Visa application form

    • Keep scanned copies of all the required documents ready
      • Clear colored passport copy (last page is required for Indian passport holders)
      • Clear colored passport size photo
      • Send the complete visa form to
    • After we receive the approval/rejection from UAE Immigration, an email will be sent to you with the corresponding decision. Successful applicants will then receive their visas by email.
    • After receiving your visa, you must print it out and carry it with you for boarding the airplane

    Important information

    • Passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months
    • Only normal passports can be used for visa applications (i.e. no Diplomatic Passports)
    • An eye scan or a facial recognition will be taken at the Immigration desk in the airport
    • Type of Visa: 14 days Tourist visa
    • Duration of stay: 14 Days including the entry and the departure days
    • Validity of Visa: The approved visa is valid for up to 30 days from the date of issue
    • Number of entries: Only single entry is permitted•    Visa fees are payable in full and in advance
    • Whether an application is approved or not is at the sole discretion of the UAE Immigration Department and it is no other party’s responsibility if the visa is declined.
    • Fees paid with regards to approved or declined application cannot be refunded.
    • If a visa application is rejected, UAE Immigration will not state the specific reason for rejection.
    •  MCI has no control on the information illustrated on the visa copy
    • Any visa request with a processing time of less than 10 days, may be subject to additional urgent fees
    • Some guests from the South Asia Subcontinent may require OK to Board approval to travel. This can be applied for at an additional fee of AED 100 and only if the guest has a valid visa to enter the UAE.

    If case of problems, please contact:
    MCI Middle East
    Tel: +971 4 311 6300
    Fax: +971 4 311 6301

    14 Days Tourist Visa: Single Entry AED 550 (USD 160) (excluding 5% VAT)
    14 Days Tourist Visa: Single Entry for Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Iran, Sudan AED700 (USD 200) (excluding 5% VAT)


    Can I get sponsorship to participate in the Forum?

    There are no sponsorships and attendance at the Forum itself is free of charge, participants are expected to pay for their own accommodation and all other expenses related to their stay in Abu Dhabi.

    Will I get refund for my ticket from UN-Habitat?

    No. participants are expected to cover the cost of their travel.

    Can I be provided with accommodation by UN-Habitat?

    Everyone is expected to pay for their own accommodations and all other expenses related to their stay in Abu Dhabi.

    Can I be refunded the visa fee?

    All participants are required to meet to cover the cost of their travel including pay for their visas.

    How may I book my accommodation?

    With regard to information on hotel booking for WUF10, we advise prospective participants to use on-line search websites for information on hotels in Abu Dhabi.

    What means of transport is available for use around the city?

    You may travel by taxi and train.

    More information on the public transport system with transport network maps for Abu Dhabi is found at the following link:

    There will be free WiFi at the venue.

    Do I need a health insurance?

    Every participant is advised to organize at own cost a valid travel health insurance prior to travelling to Abu Dhabi.

    May I present a paper at the Forum?

    No, there are no calls for presentation of papers at the World Urban Forum.

    Can I become a speaker at one of the events at WUF10?

    Each event is organized through one or several partner organizations which identify their own speakers.

    May I sell my book or a product at WUF10?

    The World Urban Forum does not facilitate the sale of private products, publications, etc.

    How may I volunteer at WUF10?

    Usually the host country would need to be approached directly. More information on this will be available shortly.