Social Events and Tours

Social Events

Monday 6th March – Welcome Reception on the Roof Top

In advance of the main conference we are pleased to invite you to a welcome drinks evening sponsored by IQ Structures. This will take place at the WET Deck Roof Top Pool Bar in the W Hotel on Monday 6th March 2023 at 7pm-9pm.

All delegates are welcome to join us as an opportunity to meet your colleagues from the attending organisations, government departments, national and central banks in a relaxed setting ahead of the conference seminars and tour on Tuesday 7th March.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. To help us plan, please confirm your attendance as soon as you can by emailing [email protected]. Delegates will also receive an event gift combining the genius loci, AI and nanoenginnering technology from IQ Structures.

Tuesday 7th March – Welcome Cocktail

Throughout the event all delegates are invited to attend our social networking events as part of their conference delegate pass. On Tuesday 7th March we host the welcome cocktail and exhibition opening with over 35 booths presenting the latest developments in security printing and technologies in a relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesday 8th March – Gala Dinner and Regional Banknote and ID Document of the Year Awards at W Hotel Gardens, Yas Island – sponsored by KOMORI

On Wednesday 8th March the gala dinner takes place in the gardens of the W Hotel, Yas Island. Details outlined below and on the final evening, we have the closing cocktails, again held within the exhibition area to maximise the opportunity to visit providers showing the latest innovations in high security printing features and technologies.

Set at Yas Marina and overlooking the F1 Yas Marina Circuit, the W Hotels Gardens is an impressive area for our gala dinner. Be prepared to view sunset treats as the W Abu Dhabi inspirational architecture unravels – this is an ultimate dining venue.  

Thursday 9th March – Farewell Drinks


Tuesday 7 March (afternoon) – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

On the afternoon of Tuesday 7th March delegates will be offered the opportunity to attend a tour to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

This is the largest mosque in the UAE and can hold up to 40,000 worshippers and 15,000 visitors. The mosque was commissioned by, and named after, the first president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Respectful clothing is a requirement for visitors to enter Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Tour to Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi – Please be in the W Hotel Reception at 1.15pm, buses depart promptly at 1.30pm.

Tour of Oumolat Security Printing

We are honoured to offer delegates the opportunity to visit Oumolat Security Printing which opened in 2016 as the first banknote printing plant in the region.

The name Oumolat is a native Arabic word and literally translates into ‘currency’ and also reflects an element of ‘Security Printing’.

Oumolat Security Printing is the first of its kind in the region, located in the new KIZAD industrial zone in Abu Dhabi and the printworks are a specialized facility for printing banknotes and is equipped with ultra‐modern and fully integrated security and protection systems.

The tour is open to central banks and government issuing authorities. The number of delegates is strictly limited, so please register your interest as early as possible by contacting Abigail Courage [email protected]

The tour delegates are subject to review by Oumolat Security Printing.

Further details and timings will be provided nearer the time.

Other Activities

Wednesday 8 March 6pm – 10pm – Train Yas

Whether you want to jog a lap, cycle, or take a leisurely walk with loved ones at sunset, Yas Marina Circuit welcomes individuals of all fitness levels and ages to raise their heart rates in our unique setting. 

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Thrusday 9 March 9am – 5pm – Drive Yas

Driving activity between 9am and 5pm. There are fees for varying levels of driving experience, and they can be booked here: