Host city

Luanda is the capital of Angola. It is on the Angola’s Atlantic coast. Its current renaissance is a truly inspiring success story. In recent history, the center of decades of conflict, the start of the 21st century has seen a massive boom in construction in Luanda, where peace and stability have attracted numerous foreign companies to invest in offices in the city. The government of Angola, getting rich off revenue from oil, diamond, and other natural resources, is also investing heavily in and around Luanda, including large social housing highrises to replace slums and existing dilapidated (and often bullet-ridden) highrises; extensive repaving; the construction of several six-lane highways leading out of the city; the reconstruction of railroad lines leading out of the city; and a large new airport currently being constructed outside of town (projected opening in 2019).

Climate

The climate is largely influenced by the offshore Benguela current. The current gives the city a surprisingly low humidity despite its low latitude, which makes the warmer months considerably more bearable than similar cities in Western/Central Africa. The temperatures are fairly stable year-round, with the coldest months being July (24 max/19 min)and August and the warmest months being January (31 max/25 min) to April.

How to get in

Luanda International Airport (LAD) 
Despite the city’s very low tourist number, it has a surprisingly large number of international connections, which largely service Angolans living abroad (such as Brazil, but mostly in Portugal) and the growing number of firms servicing the oil and diamond industries as well as reconstruction (done largely by Chinese workers and Brazilian or Portuguese firms). A couple of carriers still operate routes based on Cold War alliances (to Havana & Moscow). The city is the hub of national carrier TAAG Angola Airlines, one of just three profitable airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa, which offers flights to 15 Angolan cities.

By car
The main road for tourists will be the coastal highway leading north to the DRC and South to Namibia. It is very scenic and in reasonably good repair. Roads are one of the top priorities in reconstruction efforts, including a handful of six-lane highways leading out of the city. Expect a mix of okay pavement on old highways and a smooth ride on new roads.

Important Information for visitors to luanda during the pre -and-post conference

Telephone code

The Angolan country code +244 will allow you to call to Angola from any other country. The code +244 is followed by an area code. The Luanda area code is 221 (+244 12 xxxxxxx). There is no area code if you are calling a mobile phone (cell phone).

Currency

The Kwanza is the currency of Angola. The currency code for Angolan Kwanza is KZ or AOA and the currency symbol is  the most frequently used on exchanges between AOA and USD  or EURO. At present (JUN 2019), one USD is about 364 AOA but this rate fluctuates daily.

Power plugs

The standard electrical current used in Angol is 220 volts AC. In precautions you will need an adapter for Electrical sockets (outlets) in Angola.

Rent a car

You would rent a car when arriving to Luanda and drive during the Conference.  In Angola we drive on the right hand side of the road (as ink Portugal). Driving car is very popular in Luanda. Usually there are  traffic jam and the main roads are good. Hotels around the Conference location (Talatona zone ) would be greater for the delegations.

Time zone

In December Angolan time is of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

Liability and insurance

Please check the validity of your insurance before you travel. The Local Organising Committee does not accept any liability for personal injuries, or for the loss or damage to property belonging to conference participants (or their accompanying persons) either during or as a result of the conference.