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ASWA IX 2nd Announcement
Following the discussions about the organization of the IXth ASWA in Al Ain - Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, we have accepted the proposal of our colleagues Daniella Bar-Yosef, Guy Bar-Oz, Lior Weissbrod and the Executive committee of ICAZ to organize this meeting here on the understanding that the Xth ASWA conference will be held in Europe and the XIth in Israel.
As for the dates, due to some local circumstances we have decided to shift the schedule a few days earlier.
The venue for the conference will be the Mercure Hotel on top of Jebel Hafit, the dramatic mountain overlooking the oasis city of Al Ain. The conference will begin on Sunday 16th of November and will end on Thursday 20th of November. Registration will take place on Saturday 15th. After three days of academic papers (16-18 Nov) there will be two days of excursions (19-20 Nov). These will primarily be oriented towards visiting local archaeological and environmental sites. It is planned that we will hold the closing dinner in the fantastic Al Ain Zoo, an important breeding centre for endangered Arabian, African and Asian species. The visit to the zoo will include a special bird show and then al fresco dining next to some of the animals!
As you might all notice time is short for us as the organizers and we need to urgently have at this point a list of people interested in attending the conference. This will help us to better orient our budget planning. Please email us as soon as possible indicating your interest in participating in ASWA IX and the title of your paper.
As for the publication of the proceedings we are exploring different options to get the totality of the papers, published as it has been the case for previous conferences.
We are doing our best to get
sponsors who might be interested in supporting the conference partially.
We would like you to know that we are not asking registration fees for
the conference. Also we are working hard in getting funds to invite young
archaeozoologists to Al Ain to attend the conference. The situation will
be clarified within a few months. Until then and in case delegates have
to pay for their expenses, here are some general guidelines for the approximate
cost of the conference:
You can fly into the United
Arab Emirates using either Abu Dhabi or Dubai airport. Emirates Airways,
Al Etihad and Qatar Airways are just a few of the major airlines which
fly into the UAE. For example the price of a direct return economy flight
from London to Abu Dhabi on Etihad Airlines currently costs approximately
2590 UAE Dirhams- Dhs (which is equivalent to about 706 USD, or 477 EUR,
or 359 GBP). From Paris it costs between 500 to 600 EUR. Qatar Airways
offers also very competitive prices. Sometimes, it can be slightly cheaper
flying into Dubai than Abu Dhabi, however Dubai is a very crowded airport
TAXI FROM AIRPORT
The price of a taxi from Dubai
airport to the Mercure Hotel on Jebel Hafit is around 235 Dhs (about 64
USD, or 43 EUR, or 33 GBP).
The price of the Mercure Hotel
on Jebel Hafit (including all meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner) will
be 550 UAE Dhs per night (about 150 USD, or 103 EUR, or 77 GBP).
The cost of the Closing Conference Banquet (including the bird show and entrance ticket) at Al Ain Zoo will be approximately 150 UAE Dhs per person (about 41 USD, or 28 EUR, or 21 GBP).
The pricing of excursions is not yet finished and we will announce these in due course. They are likely to be very reasonable.
Deadline for Titles and Abstracts
- 1 June 2008
Marjane Mashkour and Mark Beech
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