2018 EMEA Regional Meeting
Dominican Hotel, Brussels, Belgium, 16 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018

Pre–Arrival Information

THE HOTEL:

The Dominican

Rue Leopold 9

1000 Brussels

Tel: + 32 2 203 08 08

 

FROM BRUSSELS AIRPORT (BRU) TO THE HOTEL:

Taxis:

Taxis with a taximeter are permanently available in front of the arrivals hall. The fare from the airport to the city centre of Brussels is normally around € 45. The ride is about 15km. Licensed taxis can be recognized by the blue and yellow emblem. Travellers are advised to avoid unlicensed taxis.

 

Train:

The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1) and from 5AM until midnight, there’s a train to the Brussels’ city centre every 15 minutes. A single ticket costs € 8.60. For real time information and train reservations and tickets :  http://www.belgianrail.be/en/stations-and-train/search-a-station/4/brussels-airport-zaventem.


Take the train from Brussels Airport railway station to ‘Brussel-Centraal / Bruxelles Central’ railway station (20 min ride - two stops). From ‘Brussel-Centraal / Bruxelles Central’ railway station, it’s a 6 min walk to the hotel (550m). 

 

Uber:

It’s a bit of a grey area for the moment in Belgium, but you can always try. You won’t go to jail for it.

 

 

FROM BRUSSEL ZUID / GARE DU MIDI (TGV – THALYS – EUROSTAR):

Every 5 minutes there’s tram from ‘Brussel Zuid / Gare de Midi’ to 'Place de Brouckère'. Take tram line 3 (direction Gare du Nord) or 4 (direction Esplanade). The hotel is 200 meters from the 'de Brouckère' stop. A single ticket is 2,50 €.

There are also taxis available outside the arrivals hall of the railway station.

 

BY CAR:

Follow the signs to Brussels and then ‘Centre-Centrum’. Once in the center of the town, follow the signs ‘la Monnaie-Munt’. The hotel is located just behind La Monnaie in the pedestrian zone in the Leopold Street. The hotel does not have a private parking. However, Parking Ecuyer (rue de l’Ecuyer 15) is at walking distance (100 m) from the hotel and is open 24/7. For preferential rates, book in advance at the website of Interparking.


But actually, you don’t want to drive around in Brussels. Traffic is horrible!

 

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION:

Climate

The average temperatures in Brussels in November would be between 6°C and 12°C with a low to be 1°C. You can expect some precipitation.

 

Dress Code

Friday

Business Meeting: business casual / smart casual

Accompanying persons: casual (comfortable walking shoes and a rain coat)

Friday evening cocktail reception and dinner: business casual / smart casual

 

Saturday

Business Meeting: business casual / smart casual

Accompanying persons: casual (comfortable walking shoes and a rain coat)

Dinner : be stylish, be unique, be yourself (and if you feel insecure on what to wear, dress code ‘jacket’ is a safe bet).

 

Currency

The currency in Belgium is the EURO.

 

Exchange

All major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, shops & restaurants. Debit cash dispensing machines are widely available. Currency exchanges can be conducted at the hotel desk or at local banks.

 

Time Zone

Central European Time: UTC+ 1

 

Sales Tax

Sales tax and service charge are included in all prices.

 

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Belgium. However, it is appreciated if you round up the bill or leave the change, if you were happy with the service at the restaurant, bar or in the taxi.

 

Electric Current

In Belgium the power sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

 

Language

This is one of those funny things in Belgium. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and … German. As the capital of Belgium, Brussels is officially bilingual (Dutch and French) but in reality, people speak French. You can try your Dutch in Brussels, you can even try your German if you’re in for a laugh, but you’re likely better off using English if you don’t speak French (English is widely spoken in Belgium).


Anyway, Brussels is a melting pot of various cultures and nationalities so depending on the neighbourhood you’re in, you’re likely to hear Arabic, African languages, Polish, … in informal conversations.

 

USEFUL LINKS:

Visit Brussels     https://visit.brussels/en

Public transport Brussels     http://www.stib-mivb.be/index.htm?l=en

Visit Ghent     https://visit.gent.be/en

Visit Bruges     https://www.visitbruges.be/en

Visit Antwerp     https://www.visitantwerpen.be/en/home

 

ESSENTIAL CONTACTS:

Emergency Services: 112

The Dominican: 0032 2 203 08 08

Taxis: + 32 2 349 49 49

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