Location and Climate
Islamabad the capital city of Pakistan is one of the most beautiful cities in the south Asia. Islamabad is a well organized city, divided into different sectors and zones, which are adorned by wide tree-lined streets. The city offers beautiful parks, museums, art galleries, local and foreign cuisines and a unique blend of Islamic and modern architecture. Numerous universities, research institutes and industries are located around it. Pakistan is five hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +5). The climate in the month of October is pleasant with temperature 18-25 °C.
Entry into Pakistan will require a Machine Readable Passport and appropriate visa. Delegates and companions should contact their nearest Pakistan Embassy or Pakistan Consulate to obtain the necessary documents. Assistance, if required, will be available from the Conference Secretariat (at least six weeks before the Conference). International delegates and companions traveling by air to Islamabad will arrive at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, about 20 km from the conference venue.
Pakistan has a decimal system of currency with base unit as a Rupee. The exchange rate is about US$ 1=Pak Rs. 90, depending on the actual exchange rate on that day. Exchange rates with other currencies vary on daily basis. Currency exchange facilities are available at the airport, banks and hotels. There is no restriction for foreign currency transfer in Pakistan. Many hotels, restaurants and stores also accept the credit cards.
Throughout Pakistan, electrical power is supplied at 220 volts, 50 Hertz A.C. The connections for appliances require a two-pin plug.
The official language of the conference is English.
It is very easy to hail a taxi anywhere in the Islamabad. Taxi is the preferred transportation choice because it is an efficient and inexpensive service. Public buses are also available from 5:00 to 22:00 hrs. The fare is from Rs. 10 to 25 per ride depending on distance.