The 2019 Asia-Pacific Meeting of the ESA will be held at New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from January 23rd (Wednesday - Reception) to January 26th (Saturday).

The campus of NYU Abu Dhabi is located on Saadiyat Island, 5 minutes drive from the turquoise-blue waters of Saadiyat beach, 7 minutes from the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum, 10 minutes from the city center of Abu Dhabi, an hour from (futuristic) Dubai, and an hour from the Empty Quarter -- the largest continuous sand desert in the world.

Abu Dhabi is a dynamic, modern and multi-cultural city. End of January is one of the best times of the year to visit Abu Dhabi with average temperatures of 25/16 degrees Celsius (77/61 Fahrenheit).


Registration & Important Dates


  • 30 September, 2018| deadline to submit abstracts

  • 15 October, 2018 | notification of acceptance

  • 7 November, 2018 (5pm PT) | early registration deadline

  • 30 November, 2018 (5pm PT) | late registration deadline


  • To submit an abstract (no full paper required), go to ESA Website and log in.

  • (If you have not paid your ESA membership fees for 2019 yet, you will need to do that before paper submission. Go to Account -> Renew membership.)

  • Choose Conferences -> 2019 ESA Asia-Pacific Meeting, Abu Dhabi, UAE -> Submit Talk. You only need to submit an abstract, a full manuscript is not required.


  • After your paper is accepted for the conference, you will need to register for the conference.

  • Go to ESA Website and log in.

  • Choose Conferences -> 2019 ESA Asia-Pacific Meeting, Abu Dhabi, UAE -> Register.


  • Faculty US$ 300 | early registration

  • Students US$ 200 | early registration

  • Faculty US$ 400 | late registration

  • Students US$ 250 | late registration

  • Guest registration for conference dinner US$ 100 | by 30 Nov. 2019


  • The preliminary program can be found here

  • To help us plan the event, all participants should please remember to fill out this survey related to dietary requirements, partners and social events.


Tim Cason | Purdue University
Bertil Tungodden | Norwegian School of Economics
Lise Vesterlund | University of Pittsburgh

Social Program


  • We have arranged two special tours to enable you to experience a bit of what distinguishes the UAE. Advance booking is required for these tours, prior to your arrival at the conference. (The rates listed below are subject to a minimum of 20 individuals signing up.) The tours will take place on the last day of the conference.

  • 1. Desert Experience (180 AED)

  • Experience the Empty Quarter - the largest continuous sand desert in the world. The tour includes: Camel ride, dune bashing, sand boarding, bellydancer show, tanorah dance, live BBQ dinner, unlimited soft drink and water. An experience not to be missied!

  • 2. Dubai City Tour (225 AED)

  • Experience the futuristic city of Dubai. The tour includes: visit to the Jumerah Palm, a tour of the Monorail palm, a stop at Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), a cruise on the Dubai creek using an Abra taxi, and a visit to the Dubai mall (the second largest in the world).

  • In addition, upon your arrival, you will be able to book tours to see Abu Dhabi, and visit the new Louvre Abu Dhabi museum which is only minutes away from NYU Abu Dhabi.



  • There is no shortage of hotels in Abu Dhabi. Those closest to NYU Abu Dhabi (St. Regis, Park Hyatt, Rotana Saadiyat) are outstanding 5* hotels, but also pricey.

  • We have secured special rates at the hotels listed below for those attending the conference from January 23rd to January 28th.

  • Breakfast and wifi are included in all the listed options.

  • There will be a special shuttle/bus transferring participants to the conference and back at regular intervals (taxis are also available and very affordable in Abu Dhabi).

Hotel Price per night (1 / 2 persons) Booking link
Beach Rotana AED 450 / AED 510 per room per night inclusive taxes Link
Courtyard by Mariott, WTC AED 310 / AED 340 per room per night inclusive taxes Link
Crowne Plaza, Hamdan AED 370 / AED 370 per room per night inclusive taxes Link
Park Hyatt Saadiyat AED 1160 / AED 1280 per room per night inclusive taxes Link