General Information

Venue and Dates
The 18th Israel Materials Engineering Conference (IMEC-18) will be held at the Leonardo Club Hotel Dead Sea, on February 6-8, 2018.

Language
The official language of IMEC-18 is English.

Conference Cocktail
The Conference Cocktail will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Conference Banquet
The Conference Banquet will take place on Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

Climate & Clothing
The weather in the Dead Sea in February is sunny and warm during the day and cool at night. Temperatures range from 25°C-16°C (77°F-61°F). It seldom rains.
Casual dress is appropriate for all conference occasions. Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hats, suntan lotion and swimsuits are recommended for tours and outdoors activities.

Exhibition
A relevant, professional exhibition will accompany the conference. Companies, agencies, manufacturers and publishers who are interested are invited to contact the IMEC-18 Secretariat for further information.

Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi in rooms and public areas.

Parking
Free of charge.

Entry Visas
Holders of EU, USA and Canadian passports do not need an entry visa to Israel. For participants from other countries, we suggest you check with your travel agent or local Israeli embassy/consulate. The procedure may be lengthy and it is recommended to apply for a visa at least 3 months prior to the conference. All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country. Please contact the conference secretariat to obtain a letter of invitation to assist in applying for a visa. Additional information on visa requirements can be found on the website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Electricity
The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs.

Currency / Exchange
The currency unit in Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS), “Shekel” in short.
International credit cards are accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. Exchange offices and ATM machines are easily available throughout the city and at Ben-Gurion International Airport. We recommend that you change some money at the airport for immediate needs.

Liability and Insurance
Participants are advised to purchase comprehensive travel insurance coverage. The conference organizers and/or Diesenhaus-Unitours Incoming Tourism Ltd., shall not be liable for any loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants nor for personal injuries sustained during or as a result of the conference or during tours.

Shopping
Stores are generally open Sunday through Thursday 09:00-19:00 and Friday 09:00-14:00. Most shopping malls are open also on Saturday from one hour after sunset until 22:00. All Superpharm and Newpharm stores include a pharmacy.

Distances
Ben-Gurion International Airport – Dead Sea: 160 km / 99 miles
Ben-Gurion International Airport – Tel Aviv: 20 km / 12 miles
Ben-Gurion International Airport – Jerusalem: 40 km / 25 miles
Dead Sea – Tel Aviv: 189 km / 117 miles
Dead Sea – Jerusalem: 127 km / 79 miles