General Information

Faisalabad (فیصل آباد), formerly known as Lyallpur, is the third-most-populous city in Pakistan, and the second-largest in the eastern province of Punjab. Historically one of the first planned cities within British India, it has long since developed into a cosmopolitan metropolis. Faisalabad was restructured into city district status; a devolution promulgated by the 2001 local government ordinance (LGO). The total area of Faisalabad District is 2,261 sq mi. Faisalabad has grown to become a major industrial and distribution centre because of its central location in the region and connecting roads, rails, and air transportation. It has been referred to as the “Manchester of Pakistan”. Faisalabad contributes over 20 percent of Punjab’s GDP, and has an average annual GDP of $20.5 billion. Agriculture and industry in Faisalabad remain its hallmark.

The surrounding countryside, irrigated by the lower Chenab River, produces cotton, wheat, sugarcane, maize, vegetables and fruits. The city is an industrial centre with major railway repair yards, engineering works, and mills that process sugar, flour, and oilseed. Faisalabad is a major producer of superphosphates, cotton and silk textiles, hosiery, dyes, industrial chemicals, beverages, clothing, pulp and paper, printing, agricultural equipment, and ghee (clarified butter). The Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry monitors industrial activity in the city and reports their findings to the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and provincial government. The city has a major dry port and international airport.

Faisalabad is home to the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Government College University as well as the Ayub Agricultural Research Institute, and National Textile University.

Climate

The climate of Faisalabad features a semi-arid climate (BWh) in Köppen-Geiger classification with very hot and humid summers and dry cool winters. The average maximum and minimum temperatures in June are 40.5 °C (104.9 °F) and 26.9 °C (80.4 °F). In November the average minimum and maximum are 10.4 °C (50.7 °F) and 28.2 °C (82.8 °F).

The summer season starts in mid-April and continues until late October. May and June are the hottest months, while July, August and the first half of September can be oppressively humid, except for the days when it rains. June is the hottest month in Faisalabad, when conditions are dry and dust storms are common while the coldest month is January. The winter season starts in November and continues until early February. The average annual rainfall is only about 375 millimetres (14.8 in), which is highly seasonal since approximately half of the yearly rainfall takes place in July and August during the monsoon season.

Passport and Visa

Passports, valid for at least six months from the entry into Pakistan, and entry visas are required to visit Pakistan. Participants are advised to consult the nearest diplomatic mission of Pakistan for details.

The Conference Secretariat will send a formal invitation letter with which the participants can apply for a visa at the diplomatic mission of Pakistan. In order to receive the Formal Invitation Letter, you need to fill out the registration form online and pay the registration fee at your earliest time.

Participants may also ask their local travel agents to arrange their travel to Pakistan and obtain a tourist visa. If participants have any difficulties in obtaining their visa, they should contact the Conference Secretariat.

Once in Pakistan, the participants should carry their passports on them at all times because the passports may be needed to check into hotels, book airline tickets, and change money.

Pakistan Online Visa System is now open for the citizens of  175 Countries! Moreover, citizens from 50 Countries are eligible to apply for Visa On Arrival under Tourist Category and the citizens from 95 Countries are eligible to apply for Visa on Arrival under Business Category. Issuance of Visa is the prerogative of the Government of Pakistan.

The online visa application may be submitted at; https://visa.nadra.gov.pk/

Insurance

Conference registration fee does not include any insurance for the participants regarding accidents, sickness or loss of personal property. Participants should make their own arrangements in respect of health and travel insurance before leaving their countries.

Emergency

Emergency call numbers are 15 for police, 16 for fire brigade, 1122 for rescue and traffic accident.

Currency Exchange

In Pakistan, only PKR is used. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, banks and large shopping centers. The exchange rate is due to the official rate (State Bank of Pakistan). When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which you can change any remaining PKR back to foreign currency when leaving Pakistan.

Master, Visa and American Express Cards are accepted in many department stores and hotels. Some ATMs may be able to allow you to withdraw PKR on your credit cards.

By Plane

Faisalabad is well-connected by rail, road and air. Public transportation in Faisalabad includes auto-rickshaws, buses and railways. Faisalabad International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city, and operates flights to the Middle East.

Faisalabad International Airport (IATA: LYP, ICAO: OPFA), is approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the city centre and is a major airport for domestic and international travel. The Airport has connections to many other hubs such as Toronto, London, New York, Tokyo and Dubai. It is also the hub for Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan’s national carrier, which flies to numerous destinations, including all the major cities in Pakistan, and international cities such as Beijing, Barcelona, London, New York, Toronto, Istanbul, Kabul, Colombo, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Oslo, Abu Dhabi, Chicago, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Dhaka, Sharjah, Al-Ain, Kathmandu, Kuwait, Mumbai, Muscat, Riyadh, Jeddah, Amman, Bangkok and Tokyo.

By bus

Daewoo Sammi offers some direct services to/from Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, and other major cities of Pakistan. UAN +92 21 111 007-008.

Daewoo Bus Terminal; Masjid Ismail Rd, Akbarabad, Faisalabad, Punjab 38000.

Minibuses are the cheapest way to get between the larger cities, and the only way to get to some more remote destinations. They can be uncomfortably crowded, so if possible opt for a more comfortable larger bus.

Kohistan, Skyways, Bilal Travels and a couple of others operate large, comfortable buses to Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, Lahore and many other cities and towns from their own bus terminals near M2 Motorway Interchange. These services are rather affordable and convenient way of intercity travel.

By train

First Class travel with Pakistan Railways is good, and Faisalabad has railway connections with various major cities in Pakistan including Lahore, Karachi, Multan, Gujranwala, Hyderabad, Rawalpindi, & Peshawar.

By car

A modern motorway and National Highways connects Faislabad to different cities of Pakistan.

While Pakistani traffic is generally chaotic and highly dangerous, the motorways and the national highway is very comfortable and one of the few places traffic laws are enforced. Now a days, new Traffic Police has arrived and is enforcing traffic laws on Highways too.

Pick-up service to the congress venue from airport, daewoo bus terminal and railway station will be provided to all conference participants.