Things to do


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Overview: This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world's largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. The mosque's first ceremony was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site.

Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.

Suggested Duration:1-2 hours


MuseumLouvre Abu Dhabi

Overview: Designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Jean Nouvel, the highly anticipated Louvre Abu Dhabi finally arrived in late 2017. The striking project features a contrasting medina-inspired sequence of white buildings flanking the centrepiece: an elaborate, 180-metre-wide filigree dome. The dome pays homage to desert-palm shading – its geometric openings represent interlaced palm leaves used in traditional roofing – and creates a cinematic 'rain of light' effect in the 23 galleries as the sun's rays pass throughout the day.

The galleries, which present a world-class collection of paintings, sculpture and objects from antiquity to the present, are laid out in 12 sequences highlighting universal themes and common influences, transcending geography, nationality and history. The 600 works have been selected from the Louvre's vast repositories (including 300 on loan from other leading French museums). Highlights include a 3rd millennium BC standing Bactrian Princess, a 3000-year-old Middle Eastern gold bracelet with lion's head, Osman Hamdi Bey's A Young Emir Studying (1878), Paul Gauguin's masterpiece Children Wrestling, a 1928 collage by Picasso titled Portrait of a Lady and the most ancient known photographic representation of a veiled woman, among a wealth of French masterpieces.

Suggested Duration: 3-4 hours


Emirates Palace

Overview:What the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is to the vertical, the Emirates Palace is to the horizontal, with audacious domed gatehouses and flying ramps to the foyer, 114 domes and a 1.3km private beach. Built for Dhs11 billion, this is the big hotel in the Gulf, with 1002 crystal chandeliers and 392 luxury rooms and suites. You don't have to check-in to check out the Emirates Palace, as it doubles as a cultural hub of the city.

Hosting opera and renowned orchestras during the Abu Dhabi Classics concert season, the Emirates Palace has played its part in the cultural expansion of the capital. Other reasons to pop in include ever-popular afternoon high tea in the foyer (from Dhs380), cocktails at the trendy Hakkasan, fine seafood at Sayadand upscale Emirati cuisine at Mezlai.

Suggested Duration: 1 Day


Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Overview: This reconstructed village gives an insight into the pre-oil era in the United Arab Emirates – a life that is in evidence in many parts of the Arabian Peninsula to this day. The walled complex includes all the main elements of traditional Gulf life: a fort to repel invaders from the sea, a souq to trade goats for dates with friendly neighbours and a mosque as a reminder of the central part that Islam plays in daily Arabic life.

Take a look at the barasti (palm-leaf) house, designed to catch the breeze through the palm frond uprights, an ox-drawn well without which settled life was impossible, and the ancient falaj (irrigation) system, which still waters the crops (note the stones for diverting the water) in the plantations of Al Ain and Liwa Oasis today.

Suggested Duration: 1 Day


Abu Dhabi Corniche

Overview: The waterfront Corniche, with its white sandy beaches and generous promenade, stretches the entire length of the northwest shore of the city. Giving spectacular views of the iconic high-rise tower blocks assembled along the seafront, it also offers one of the city's main recreation opportunities with a dedicated walking and separate cycle path weaving in and out of the Corniche's landscaped gardens. Refreshments are available from the public beaches that punctuate the western section of the road.

Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours


Manarat Al Saadiyat

Overview: Housed in a postmodern building with an eye-catching honeycomb mantle, Manarat Al Saadiyat ('place of enlightenment') houses four art- and culture-focused galleries. The temporary exhibitions often focus on future art and museum pieces due to be permanently stationed in upcoming headline-making museums such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Sheikh Zayed Museum; as well as the annual Emirati photography competition and the Abu Dhabi Art festival.

Suggested Duration:1-2 hours


Umm Al Emarat Park

Overview: You almost walk away from this five-star urban park feeling like you've visited a museum. Manicured to perfection and full of design-forward and thoroughly interesting distractions, it more than justifies its admission fee. Highlights of the wonderful smoke-free space include a poignant memorial to the words of Sheikh Zayed; a sexy greenhouse with stupendous views; an animal barn with camels, goats, donkeys, llamas and the like; a botanical garden and an outdoor performing-arts venue.

Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours


Etihad Antiques Gallery

Overview: Collectors, art aficionados and antique-curious window shoppers converge on this fantastic space run by friendly German-Syrian Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim. An absolute showcase of Arabian and Middle Eastern art and antiques, you'll find 18th-century Orientalist paintings and Afghani brass-on-wood doors, 300-year-old bronze coffee and teapots, Ottoman and Persian swords dating back centuries – the list goes on and on.

Suggested Duration:1-2 hours


Qasr Al Hosn

Overview: Featured on the back of the Dhs1000 note, this iconic fort started life in 1760 as a watchtower that safeguarded a precious freshwater well. After an expansion, it became the ancestral home of the ruling Al Nahyan family in 1793 and remained a royal residence until 1966 (its historic watchtower is Abu Dhabi's oldest surviving structure). In a free, yearly-changing exhibit, photographs, archaeological finds, models and other objects chart the history of Abu Dhabi and its people.

Suggested Duration: 3-4 hours



Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Overview: If you want bragging rights to having 'done' Formula Rossa, the world's fastest rollercoaster, visit this indoor (perfect in summer) temple of torque and celebration of all things Ferrari in a spectacular building. Accelerating from 0km/h to 240km/h in 4.9 seconds, this is as close to an F1 experience as most of us are likely to get.

Suggested Duration: Half Day



 Good news!  March 24, The 3 plenary speakers and 12 keynote speakers are now confirmed for ICFMCE 2018 - click here to view the details: ; 

Good news!  March 18, 2018.Prof Pistikopoulos (Director Energy Institute, Texas A&M University) and Dr. Griffiths (Vice President Research, Khalifa University) have accepted invitation to give plenary lectures at ICFMCE2018. 

Good news!  March 2, 2018. ICFMCE 2017 conference proceeding has been published online:   

Key Dates

Submit proposal (as one page abstract) Submission deadline: 2 May 2018

Notification of acceptance: 2 July 2018

Confirmation of plan to submit manuscript: 15 July 2018

Early bird registration 30 August 2018

Final technical program 2 October 2018

Call for Submission

Topics listed below are examples of the topics that we plan to highlight at ICFMCE 2018. All other topics within Funcitonal Materials and Chemical Engineering are welcome

Energy systems engineering

Carbon dioxide management

Food & Nutrition

Water management

Big Data & Artificial Intelligence

Smart Manufacturing

Process Intensification

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (thermodynamics, transport phenomena, modelling, control, separation techniques, ...)

Molecular & Material Design

Advanced Materials

Chemical Product Design