Dakar is the capital of Senegal and its largest city. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula on the Atlantic coast and is the westernmost city on the African mainland. Home to 2 million people in the greater metropolitan area, it is a major administrative center, including the Senegal National Assembly and the Presidential Palace.
Dakar is a dizzying introduction to Senegal. Perched on the tip of the peninsula jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, it is a lively, cosmopolitan city where the elegance of its heritage meets the clamour of this colourful city. A symphony of the past and the present, it is a kaleidoscope of panoramic landscapes, historical sites, cultural attractions and curiosities. Modern buildings stand side by side with impressive colonial architecture, bustling markets are scattered throughout the city, as are museums, such as the IFAN Museum of West African Culture and the new museum of the black civilizations.
Dakar is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. The Cheikh Anta Diop University (also known as the University of Dakar) was established in 1957 and maintains a reputation as one of Africa’s most prestigious institutions.
Visit http://www.visitezlesenegal.com for information on things to do and see during your stay in Dakar.
Air and road transport: located at the furthest tip of the Atlantic Ocean, Senegal is a real crossroads, by sea and air. Dakar, the capital, is a natural hub and its airport is ranked 1st of the Economic Monetary Union in West Africa in terms of traffic. Opened in November 2017, the new Blaise Diagne international airport in Dakar with a capacity of 3 million passengers is an additional asset for the development of tourism. This airport is connected to the city of Dakar in 40 minutes by a toll highway through the new city of Diamniadio that hosts major tourism development as the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center, new hotels and other infrastructures.
For the Congress, a host Committee and a shuttle from the airport will be organized to transport participants to their hotels. The proximity of Senegal with Europe and the Americas as well as the low lag with the great European capitals make Dakar one of the most accessible cities and best served by airlines worldwide.
International conferences in Dakar: Dakar is a city which houses many international conferences each year with many participants. Our team already had the experience to organize several international conferences of which the most recent are:
– Congress of the French-speaking African society of Hematology (2015, 420 participants)
– Africa Hemophilia Summit (with the Federation World hemophilia, 2017, 130 participants)
Several medical conferences took place in Dakar these last time:
– International Conference on AIDS and STDs (ICASA) 3- 7 December 2008 with 6 500 participants
– African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (ORTIC) 20- 23 mars 2013 600 participants
– African Society of Infectious diseases 9-11 November 2017, 450 participants
– African Society of Ophthalmology 4 -7 December 2017
– 11th Congress of Pan African Society of Cardiology
– 111th congress of African Association of Nephrology 2011, 400 participants
– 7th Edition of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM) 1- 20 April 2018
– Congress of African Society of Human Genetic
– 3th Congress of African on Epilepsy 3 – 5 may 2017
Sponsorship opportunities: opportunities exist to help in the Organization of the Congress:
– A request will be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to register this Congress on the list of international events to be organized by Senegal in 2020. Entry in this list opens up opportunities for partial financial support from the government, but also of the facilities for obtaining visas or other paperwork.
– Other authorities of the State (city of Dakar, Ministries of Tourism, Health, and Culture) will also be invited to support this event.
– Associations of blood donors will be mobilized, as well as all the major companies who are partners of NBTC for many years.
– Dakar is hosting many regional headquarter of several pharmaceutical companies and their effective participation in this event will be certainly easier.
Climate: Dakar’s climate is generally warm, with a short rainy season and a lengthy dry season. It enjoys sea breezes year-round. The weather in May is usually pleasantly warm with daily temperatures around 24-27°C (75-81°F), and night-time temperatures of 17-20°C (63-68°F).
Communications: The international calling code for Senegal is +221. Internet access is widely available in Dakar, and most hotels, apartments and hostels offer free Wi-Fi or wired internet access. Wi-Fi is available at the congress venue for registered delegates.
Currency, Credit Cards and Exchanging Money: The currency of Senegal is the West African CFA Franc (XOF), which is divided into 100 centimes. Credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club) are generally accepted in many shops, restaurants and banks, and it is advisable to get some local currency for a stay in Dakar. CFA Francs are available through money exchange offices, in banks, and from local automated teller machines (ATMs).
Electricity: The electricity supply in Senegal is 230V/50Hz. Electrical sockets take standard European two-pin plugs. British, North American and other non-European tourists should bring adaptors but they are frequently available at hotels reception.
Language: The official language of Senegal is French, but many people, especially in the hospitality sector, speak at least some English.
Time Zone: Senegal lies in the GMT time zone. The clocks do not change for summer time (GTM+1).
Visa & Entry Requirements: Your passport must be valid, and with an expiry date at least three months after the end of your stay in Senegal. Nationals of European Union member countries, ECOWAS countries, USA, Canada, Japan and certain North African countries do not need a visa. Citizens of certain countries need to arrange a visa to enter Senegal and you should check with your nearest Senegalese embassy, consulate or representative office if you require a visa.
– Your vaccination certificate must be updated and is compulsory for travelers. The yellow fever vaccine is required for entry to Senegal. Visitors should also take anti-malarial medication. It is strongly recommended that you consult your GP before travelling as each person travelling may require a different preventive treatment depending on their health.