Information for Participants

 

Thank you for your agreement to be a participant in the ……………………………………………. scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from ……………………………………………………….. The venue of the meeting will be the ECA Conference Center (ECACC).

It is important to take note of the following information which will assist you in the planning and logistics of your travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS

Meeting participants need to obtain their visas from the Ethiopian Embassy or consulate from the country they reside or travel from.  Participants coming from countries that do not have Ethiopian embassies or consulates, the event organizers could get in touch with Ethiopian authorities to process visas on arrival.  Please note that an Ethiopian visa costs US$ 20.00 or EURO 17.00 per person and the payment must be made either in US Dollars or in EURO at the time of issue. Holders of diplomatic and service passports as well as United Nations Laissez-Passer will receive visas gratis. Bank receipts for money changed at the airport must be kept securely as they may be asked for on departure.

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Visitors to Ethiopia should be in possession of a valid health certificate for yellow fever.  Vaccination against cholera is also required for any person who has visited or transited a cholera-infected area within six days prior to arrival in the country. As Addis Ababa is situated at an altitude of 2,400 meters, it is advisable to take precautionary measures for avoiding some health problems that might occur because of high altitude.

The United Nations Health Centre, situated on the ground floor of the Conference Centre, provides emergency medical services to participants/delegates attending meetings.

In case of a medical or dental emergency, please contact the following:

     

Dr. Grace Fombad

Chief – United Nations Health Care Centre

      Telephone:  + 251 – 115 - 51 58 28 or 51 72 00 ext. 88888 or 448888

      ECA Ambulance Telephone: + 251 – 115 - 51 42 02 or 51 58 28.

 

GUIDELINE ON PERSONAL SECURITY AND SAFETY OF PARTICIPANTS

The United Nations Security and Safety Services is always ready to serve all its clients. In this regard, the cooperation of all participants at this meeting would help us a great deal in ensuring the safety of your valuables and your personal security.

Do the following while you are in ECA premises

  • Display your Conference Badges on demand of an authorized person and wear it visibly
  • Do not leave bags and parcels unattended; this will be confiscated or destroyed
  • Do not bring unauthorized persons and children into the conference center
  • Safeguard your valuable property
  • Check for your documents and items before you leave conference halls and meeting rooms
  • If you lose any valuable items within the premises, inform UN Security and Safety Service or inform the nearest Security Officer.

 

If you are off the ECA premises and in the Hotel

  • Upon entering or leaving your room, make it a habit to lock the door
  • Before leaving, inspect your room to make sure no money, jewellery, cameras etc have been left exposed
  • Deposit valuables or portable items at the reception desk and obtain a receipt
  • Should you observe anything suspicious or out of the ordinary please contact Security Service

 

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Emergency Numbers

UN Control Room – Addis Ababa (24 hrs)   +251 – 115- 445135 / 516537 / 512945

Security Chief                                                 +251- 0911 201802

Deputy Chief                                                  +251-0911 508578

Emergencies outside of Addis

UN Operations Centre (24 hrs)                       + 251-115-511726

Sat Phone                                                        +87162546835

 

Police Emergency Numbers  (24 hrs)              911

City Police                                                      +251-115 572100 / 572121

Federal Police:                                                +251-115-524077 / 526302 / 526303

 

AIRLINE RESERVATIONS

A number of International Airlines operate to and from Addis Ababa. It is required that participants secure their return/onward air passage prior to their arrival in Addis Ababa. Gashem Travel is the official travel agency on site at ECA to assist with re-confirmation of tickets and to provide participants with travel and tour related information. They are reachable at the following telephone numbers:

  • Gashem Travel Tel: +251 115 44 30 51/44 30 52/46 84 85 or 251 0911 25 04 68 (mobile)

 

Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways have offices in the ECA compound. Please have your ticket available when visiting the travel agency to re-confirm flights.

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

In addition to accommodation costs, all participants will be responsible for all other additional costs: i.e. breakfast (where not included) telephone, Internet/fax, room service, mini-bar and laundry, meals (i.e. lunch and dinner) - and must pay these directly to the hotel at checkout. The following are hotels that are cleared by the UN Security :

 

LIST OF HOTELS

                                       

No.

Hotel

Type of Rooms

No. of Rooms

1

ADOT-TINA HOTEL

Tel: (251-11)4 67 39 39

Fax: (251-11)4 67 41 11

Mobile: (251-911) 07 29 37

 

Standard Rooms

 

Double Occupancy

 

 

40

2

CENTRAL SHOA HOTEL

Tel: (251-11)6 61 14 54

Tel: (251-11)6 61 50 01

Fax: (251-11)6 61 00 63

 

Single Rooms

 

Double Rooms

 

 

49

3

GHION HOTEL

Tel: (251-11)5 51 32 22

Tel: (251-11)5 51 00 99

Fax: (251-11)5 50 51 50 / 5 51 02 78

 

Standard Rooms

 

Double Rooms

 

 

210

4

HILTON HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 5 51 84 00

Tel: (251-11) 5 51 00 64

Fax: (251-11) 5 51 17 18

Email: salesaddis@hilton.com

Single

Single pool view

Double

Executive Rooms

Single mountain view

  Single pool view

   Duplex

 

 

372

 

 

 

 

 

5

HOTEL De LEOPOL

Tel: (251-11) 5 50 77 77

Mobile: (251-911) 67 78 73

Fax: (251-11) 5 53 14 66

Fax: (251-11) 5 15 50 80

 

Standard Rooms

 

Double Occupancy

 

74

6

PLAZA HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 61 22 00

Tel: (251-11) 6 61 29 39

Fax: (251-11) 6 61 30 44

 

Single Rooms

 

Double Rooms

 

 

39

7

 

SHERATON HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 5 17 17 17

Fax: (251-11) 5 17 27 27

 

Club Room (single)

Double

Executive Rooms

Executive Double

Suite

 

 

295

8

JUPITER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL - KASANCHES

Tel: (251-11) 5 52 73 33

Fax: (251-11) 5 52 64 18

Standard Single Rooms

Double Occupancy

Super Deluxe

 

102

9

JUPITER INTERNATIONAL HOTEL – BOLE

Tel: (251-11) 6 61 69 69/70

Fax: (251-11) 6 61 69 99

Standard Single Rooms

Double Occupancy

Super Deluxe

 

40

10

HARMONY HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 18 31 00

Fax: (251-11) 6 18 29 10

Mob.: (251-913) 86 77 78           

 

Standard Single

 

Twin Rooms

 

 

67

11

PANORAMA HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 61 60 70

Fax: (251-11) 6 61 60 72

Single Rooms

 

 

45

12

TDS HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 63 58 13/16/17/19/25

Fax: (251-11) 6 63 58 90 /              011 6 62 17 38 / 011 6 63 58 17

 

Single Room

Double Room

Twin Room

 

25

13

DREAMLINER HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 4 67 40 00

Fax: (251-11) 4 67 40 01

Mob. : (251-911) 24 07 51

Standard Single, Standard King, Deluxe King, Deluxe Twin, Premium Deluxe (Any available rooms)

Double Occupancy

 

 

96

14

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 5 50 50 66

Fax: (251-11) 5 54 00 90/96

Mob.: (251-911) 459494

King Deluxe Room (Standard)

Double occupancy

Twin Deluxe Rooms

 

 

152

15

NATIONAL HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 5 51 51 66

Fax: (251-11) 5 51 34 17

Single Rooms

Double occupancy

Suite room

Double Occupancy

 

52

16

MN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 62 08 31/33/34/35

Fax: (251-11) 6 62 08 32

 

Single Rooms

Double Rooms

 

91

17

KZ HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 62 16 77  / 61 48 36

Fax: (251-11) 6 18 51 38

 

Single Rooms

Double Rooms

 

32

 

18

WASSAMAR HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6-61-00-55

Fax:(251-11) 6-61-00-65

 

Single Rooms

Double Rooms                   

 

19

BOLE AMBASSADOR HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6 18 82 81/84

       (251-11) 6 18 76 30/31

Fax: (251-11) 6 18 70 96

 

Single Rooms

 

Twin Rooms

 

48

20

CHURCHLL HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 1 11 12 12 / 1 56 86 48

Mob: (251-911) 48 54 09

Fax: (251-11) 1 11 88 00

 

Single Rooms

 

53

21

GLOBAL HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 4 66 47 66

       (251-11) 4 66 47 23

Fax: (251-11) 4 67 34 22

 

Single Rooms

Studio

Suit

 

50

22

NIGIST TOWERS GUEST HOUSE

Tel: (251-11) 5 50 97 70

Studio

One Bed Room

Two Bed Room

 

23

KALEB HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 6-62-22-00

Fax: (251-11) 6-62-80-98

Single Standard Room

 

24

RADISSON BLU HOTEL

Tel: (251-11) 5-15 76 00

Fax: (251-11) 5-15 76 01

Single Standard room

 

 

Rates are inclusive of breakfast, service charge and VAT unless where indicated

 

RECEPTION ON ARRIVAL

Participants will be met on arrival at BoleInternationalAirport and will be assisted with the formalities regarding immigration and customs etc. Date and time of arrival in Addis Ababa with flight details should be clearly sent to the Focal Points indicated on the first page. Subsequent changes should also be similarly transmitted.

 
TEMPORARY IMPORTATION OF LAPTOPS AND OTHER CONFERENCE EQUIPMENT

To comply with the import customs regulations of the Government of Ethiopia conference participants should declare laptops and conference equipment they may carry with them when entering the country. A detailed specification of the items to be brought in, together with the arrival/departure details of the participant. The items will be registered for temporary import by the customs office and they should be taken out of the country after the conference.

Journalists coming with professional cameras need to bring two passport-size photos and to pay fee of ETB 1000,00 at their arrival.

 

REGISTRATION AND IDENTIFICATION BADGES

Participants will be required to register and obtain Identification Badges prior to the opening of the meeting. The venue of registration will be at the Delegates Registration Bureau. 

For identification and Security reasons, Identification Badges should be worn by all participants at all times during the Conference and at official social functions.

Registration will start from ……………………………at the Delegates Registration Bureau.

 

TRANSPORT

You will arrive at BoleInternationalAirport, which is located just 5 kilometres from the center of Addis Ababa.  ……………………………………… will meet you at the airport.

Shuttle buses will also be available to ferry participants back and forth from hotels to the conference venue in the mornings and at the end of the daily sessions. Unfortunately transport will not be provided during lunch breaks.  All lunch breaks will take place within the ECA compound.

If you would like transportation in Addis Ababa outside of conference time or to take you to the airport at the end of the Conference, you can book a taxi from the National Tourism Organization (NTO) by calling + 251- 115 – 51 18 22 or + 251-115 - 51 84 00, or take the yellow or blue taxis parked outside your hotel.

 

ICT SERVICES

The ECA Conference Center is equipped with WIFI.  Technical support are available through the ECA Help Desk (phone +251 – 11 5 443123, email: ihelpdesk@uneca.org) Technical support for presentations must be arranged in advance.

* Please be advised that Blackberry Services are not available in Ethiopia.

 

 

CATERING FACILITIES

Catering facilities that are readily available for refreshments and meals in the ECA compound include the following:

Sheraton Addis is located in the ECACC

Lalibela is located in the Nigerian lounge

Kaldis is located in the Rotunda

Bon Café is located by the ECA entrance (vehicle)

 

RESTAURANTS IN ADDIS ABABA

 

Here is a list of restaurants available in Addis Ababa for your information:

Blue Drops
011-661- 5714
Between Bole Tele &
Atlas Hotel, in front of Tsehay &
Her Children Building
Known for: Pasta and
Grilled food
7 days a week

Carnivore Addis
011-554-1330/31
From Meskel Sq. on the road to Bambis the same building Abyssinia Supermarket.
Known for: Grill meat/Salad bar
7 days a week

 

Blue Tops 

011-123 -2463/64
Amist Kilo in front of the National Museum
Known for: Pizza, ice cream
Closed: Mon.

 

Jacaranda (Hilton)
011-551-8400 Ext.986
In the Garden Wing
of the hotel Known for: unique menu
that continuously changes
Closed: Sun

Hotel De Leopol
011-550-7777
Behind Bambis
Known for: Candlelight dinner
7 days a week

Les Arcades (Sheraton Addis)
011-517-1717 Ext.6604
Known for: Gourmet menu
Closed: Sun

 

Kaffa House (Hilton)
011-551-8400 Ext. 962
In the main Lobby of the Hilton
Known for: Seafood every Friday
7 days a week

New YorkNew York
011-515-1243
Olympia, near Shoa Bakery.
Know for burger & pizza.
7 days a week

 

Lime Tree
011-663-0872
On Bole Road, above Boston Day Spa, in front of Tana.
Known for: Quick, fresh meals,
salads, delicious desserts
7 days a week

Rodeo Bar and Restaurant
011-551-0294
On Bole Road, next to DStv.
Known for: BBQ on Thu, Fri, Sat
7 days a week

 

Serenade Restaurant
091-120-0072
Near Master Printing Press Amist Kilo
Known for: Fine home
cooking, dinner only
Closed; Mon, Sun

Zebra Grill
011-662-3630
On 22 Road, next to Ruality Pastry
Known for: Grilled food
7 days a week

 

 

ETHIOPIAN

Habesha Restaurant
011-551-8358
Bole Road, next to Sabit Bld.
Known for: Kwanta Ferfer
and Bozena Shiro
7 days a week

 

Dashen Restaurant
011-552-9746, 011-552-6437
Behind the Main Post Office
Known for: Melasse tibs and live music on weekend nights
7 days a week

 

Fasika National Restaurant

011-550-9912 /
011-551-4193
Off Bole Road, in front of Sunshine Building. Known for: Enfele and live music
Closed Sun

 

MOBILE PHONES

Participants are encouraged to come to Addis Ababa with their dual band mobile handsets (900/1800 MHZ).  Ethiopian Telecommunication Company offers SIM Cards with pre-charged airtime. The total package which costs US$ 50 includes US$ 12 airtime.  It takes approximately 2 days to have the Ethiopian Telecommunication Mobile Phone connected.

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia is as large as France and Spain combined and has an area of 1,112,000 square metres. Addis Ababa is situated at an altitude of 2,400 metres. Agriculture is the backbone of the national economy, and the principal exports from this sector include coffee, oil seeds, pulses, flowers, vegetables, sugar and animal feed. About 90% of the population earn its living from the land. There is also a thriving livestock sector, and exports include cattle, hides and skins.

The population of Ethiopia is estimated at 77 million, and over 50% of the population is under 20 years of age. The average number of inhabitants per square kilometre is 69. Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic state with a great variety of spoken languages. There are eighty-three languages with 200 dialects, and the three main languages are Amharic, Tigrigna and Oromigna. English, French, Italian and Arabic are also spoken, mainly in Addis Ababa. Additional information on Ethiopia and ECA can be found on the http://www.uneca.org, http://www.telecom.net.et, http://www.ethio.com and http://tour.ethiopianonline.net.

 

CLIMATE

Ethiopia has two main seasons. The dry season lasts from October through May, and the rainy season starts in late June and ends in September. Temperatures depend on season and altitude.

The weather is envisaged to be cold at night in November, so kindly carry a warm jacket/sweater.

 

ELECTRIC SUPPLY

Electric supply in Ethiopia is 220-240 volts, 50 cycles AC accessible via 13-amp, two-pin (Italian) socket.

 

CURRENCY: Birr

 

Ethiopian currency is denominated in “Birr” and “centimes”. The exchange rate fluctuates. The UN official exchange rate as of 18.57 Birr (May 2013).

 

There is a branch of the Commercial Bank of  Ethiopia in the ECA compound – located in the Rotunda. This Bank is open Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. There is also an authorized exchange centre (Forex) at the Sheraton Hotel and ATM machines for Visa/ Mastercard users at both the Sheraton and Hilton which will give you money in Birr.

 

DAY TRIP DESTINATIONS FOR ACCOMPANYING GUESTS

 

On request …………………….is pleased to inform you that day trip destinations could be organized for accompanying guests.   Here are a few suggestions of must sees in Addis and in the outskirts of Addis:

  • The Holy Trinity Cathedral (it’s said to be largest cathedral in Africa)
  • Entoto:  Picturesque view of Addis Ababa.  There is a Church also worth visiting.  The Emperor Menilik was crowned there.
  • 6 Kilo Monument:  This commemorates the thousand Ethiopians killed by Italians in reprisal for the attempt on the life of General Graziano
  • The NationalMuseum
  • Melka Kunture (50 kilometers from Addis Ababa) has an interesting pre-historical legacy that manifests itself in the form of several stone tools and other rudimentary relics dating back to millions of years, which have been discovered here over a period of time.
  • Blue Nile Gorges:  Approximately 200 kilometers to the north of the city. The region is interspersed with quaint, photogenic villages and the celebrated 13 th century Debre Libanos monastery that is dramatically nestled in a high canyon. There is also a PortugueseBridge and a few rugged walking trails that offer a nice adventurous trek through the wilderness of the region. Watch several species of ingenious birds and mammals while wandering through the paths of Blue Nile. Drive further through the hills of the area to enjoy the striking scenery from the tip of the gorge.
  • Ankober:  The drive to Ankober offers visitors many breathtaking natural visuals of rough gravel roads and lush green hills to reach the stunning KundiMountain preening over the Great Rift Valley. Enjoy the trek through the surrounding Eucalyptus forests.  Source:  http://www.world66.com/africa/ethiopia/addisababa/day_trips