The COP 28 Guide: 7 Things You Need To Know

Anika Eliz Baby

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the big ol’ announcement: The COP 28 is happening!

Happening until December 12, the COP 28 fever has taken over Dubai as the world looks toward the UAE

This will be two weeks of crucial negotiations, lively discussions and global collaboration to boost climate action and ambition… so why would you not want to be part of this important week?

Keep scrolling to read all you need to know…


8. The basic details about COP 28

What? The 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28)

Where? Expo City Dubai

When? November 30 to December 12, but open to the General Public only from December 3 to December 12!

Time? Green Zone is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm (Green Zone Hubs are open from 10 am to 6 pm.)

Price? Free entry, but registration is mandatory

Transport? Easily accessible via public transport

Scroll down to read more! 


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7. How to register for COP 28

It’s 5 easy steps on the official website:

  1. Choose the day you want to visit COP 28
  2. Choose how many tickets you need
  3. Check out
  4. Fill in your information at the fourth step
  5. Confirm your information by pressing ‘complete’

Within seconds, you will recieve your tickets via the Email ID registered!

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6. There will be a temporary traffic diversion on SZR this long weekend

There will be a temporary reroute along Sheikh Zayed Road from December 1st to 3rd, ensuring smoother traffic flow during this pivotal climate event. The diversion is set to operate from 7 AM till 11 AM

To manage the traffic diversion, the RTA has proposed alternative routes to maintain a smooth flow across the city. Drivers can opt for Jumeirah Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, and Emirates Road as viable options.

5. The COP 28 events are open to the public from Dec 3

The Green Zone Day Pass will not be available for the conference’s first three days, from 30 November to 2 December. During this time, access to the Green Zone will be by invitation-only.


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4. Green Zone entry is FREE to all, but you must register in advance

The Green Zone at COP28 is the hub for the people and solutions that are turning climate agreements into climate action.

Open to all, visitors can explore climate-inspired innovations, exhibits, art installations, film screenings, and over 300 events about climate change and sustainability across Expo City Dubai.

To secure your spot, visit to book your day pass.

Each ticket will be valid only for the day you choose and can be scanned only once, so you cannot share it for multiple entries.

Green Zone is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm, the Green Zone Hubs are open from 10 am to 6 pm. 


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3. Food and Beverage is available (vegan and vegetarian too!)

The focus at COP28 UAE is on delivering environmentally sustainable, socially responsible, delicious, and nutritious food and beverage. This is a key priority for the Presidency, and they are striving to show the world how climate-friendly food can be tasty, healthy and affordable.

All dietary needs are being kept in mind, ensuring two-thirds of the menus are vegan or vegetarian. Working with Nutritics, they aim to ensure that 50% of the food served within sustainable limits for carbon and water intensity and is within UAE nutritional guidelines. We are working with our F&B vendors and waste management partners to ensure minimizing waste and packaging through compositing and recycling is a priority.

Check out the complete list of restaurants here!

2. Using public transport is your best way to get there

All COP28 attendees are encouraged to use Dubai Metro to reach the Expo 2020 Metro Station via the Metro Red Line that connects DXB Airport, the main hotels, and tourist attractions in Dubai.

Dubai Metro Operational Hours are from 05:00 AM until 00:00. Plan your journey at the RTA Portal.

There are taxis and accessible ‘pod parkings’ for People of Determination!


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1. Use these self-guided itineraries to plan your itinerary at the most accessible COP yet!

The number of events in the COP28 Green Zone could be overwhelming.

So the folks at COP 28 have produced nine self-guided tours that can be done at your own pace and in your own time – each built to inspire action, no matter how small.

Check them out here!

Unsure of where to go? The Green Zone Highlights Itinerary is a good place to start.

Or try the Sustainability Itinerary for inspiration on how to live a greener life.

Alternatively, see how the energy of young people is being harnessed for good on the Education and Youth Itinerary.

Or check out the Technology and Innovation Itinerary if you are fascinated by all things to do with green tech.

Art inspires hope on the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Itinerary but if you are still not sure what to visit, try the Business Itinerary and prepare to be impressed.

For people with little ones, the COP28 For Families Itinerary will cater for all your needs. But if you only have two hours, the Equality and Inclusivity Itinerary has you covered.

Check them out here!


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