Getting to Sharjah
Most international airlines will go to Dubai International airport and not Sharjah airport. The drive from Dubai International Airport takes approximately 20 minutes to the hotel in Sharjah assuming normal traffic conditions. The taxi fare can vary between 50-75 UAE Dirhams (3.68 UAE Dhs. = 1 US Dollar) depending on traffic conditions. Abu Dhabi International Airport is a two-hour drive to Sharjah. Sharjah International Airport is the adjacent to AUS Campus. You can still find air tickets to Sharjah airport but mostly from the Middle East.
Not everyone requires a pre-issued visa to enter the United Arab Emirates. Please look at the following link very carefully to determine what applies to your case. You can also inquire through the nearest UAE embassy to your location. The location of UAE embassies can be found following this link.
Visa from Airlines: If you require a visa, we strongly recommend that you issue it through the Airline. Emirates airline and Air Arabia do help in issuing visa for visitors to the United Arab Emirates. Other airlines may do as well. Please look at the links below.
Visa from Hotels: Some hotels may offer visa services for their guests. We recommend that you contact the Sales Personnel of the specific hotel and check any arrangement with them to issue a visa. More details of these hotels are in the Accommodations section. They hotels need a scanned passport sent via email and the credit card number.
Visa from AUS: Only if you need a visa and failed to get it through the airline or the hotel, the American University of Sharjah will do its best to help you. It is worth mentioning that, in this circumstances, entrance to the UAE will be limited to Sharjah and Dubai airports. To apply for visa through the American University of Sharjah, please note that the deadline is set for February 18, 2008. Following are the requirements:
1. Passport copy- minimum 6 months validation
2. One passport size colored photo
If you need this help, please make sure to email , conference manger, before Feb 18.