Russia and the CIS: Realizing potential and exploring Islamic finance opportunities in a promising new market
Date: 15th March 2016 Venue: Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre, Moscow

General information/FAQ

 

About the hotel

Located in a bustling commercial district of Moscow, and in close proximity to Moscow City and theExpocentre, the Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel allows easy access to downtown attractions and is a quiet oasis for guests in the midst of a dynamic business environment.Being a part of mix-use development the hotel offers 366 rooms, including 40 long stay service apartments. These high-tech and stylish rooms and suites feature all modern amenities of a five star hotel. They are tastefully furnished with Rosewood, custom designed accessories and abstract artwork, depicting the themes of Ballet Russe dance and movement which trace throughout all hotel design. Executive floor rooms provide Executive lounge access, upgraded services and amenities.

The hotel`s dining venues promise gastronomic inspiration at Mozaic Restaurant, fine dining Premier Restaurant and Allegro Lobby Lounge & Sushi Bar. Spacious, contemporary 1,600 sqm Health Club pampers guests to keep their excellent shape and relaxed mind. It features a 14 meters long indoor swimming pool with water cascades and whirlpool, contemporary Precor equipment, an aerobic room, as well as massage rooms, sauna, hammam and a tanning booth.

 

About Moscow

Moscow is the capital the Russian Federation, the most populous city of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural, religious, financial, educational, and transportation center of Russia and the world, a global city. Moscow is the most populous city on the continent of Europe and the seventh largest city proper in the world, a megacity. The population of Moscow (as of 1 January 2010) is 10,562,099.

Moscow is a major economic center. It is home to many scientific and educational institutions, as well as numerous sport facilities. It possesses a complex transport system that includes three international airports, nine railroad terminals, and the world's second busiest (after Tokyo) metro system which is famous for its architecture and artwork. Its metro is the busiest single-operator subway in the world.

 

Visa support:

If you are planning to visit Russia, almost all nationalities need to obtain an entry visa from a Russian Consulate / Embassy.

For all the delegates of the IFN CIS & Russia Forum, who will be staying at the Radisson Royal Hotel, visa voucher can be obtained from the hotel.

To receive visa support from the Radisson Royal, you need to send to the group booking department at groups@ukraina-hotel.ru the following data:

  1. Full name (first and last name).
  2. Dates of stay.
  3. Copy of the first page of the passport.

After that, in response you will get visa support form and you can go to the Russian Embassy in your country and apply for visa. Usually the hotel sends the visa voucher on the same day, when you send your documents. Getting visa with visa voucher in Russian Embassy in the country of your residenсe takes from 3 to 7 days.

In your letter, please, make a mark that you are a delegate for IFN CIS & Russia 2015 Forum.

 

Hotel:

Information will be available soon.

 

AIRPORTS AND TRANSPORT

Moscow is served by an extensive transit network, which includes four international airports, nine railway terminals, numerous trams, a monorail system and one of the deepest underground metro systems in the world, the Moscow Metro, the fourth-largest in the world and largest outside of Asia in terms of passenger numbers, and the busiest in Europe. It is recognized as one of the city's landmarks due to the rich and varied architecture of its 197 stations.

 

Airports

1)   Sheremetyevo International Airport, (IATA: SVO), +7 495 232-6565, is 32km northwest of the centre of Moscow, in the city of Khimki. There are 6 terminals: A (business charter aviation), B, C, D, E, and F. Terminals D, E, and F are located to the south of the runway and are connected to each other by walkway, but you have to take a shuttle bus to reach the other terminals, which are located to the north of the runway. Most Aeroflot flights operate to/from Terminal D. Sheremetyevo International Airport serves approximately 33 million passengers per year.

The airport has plenty of ATMs and currency exchange offices, duty free shops, a hairdresser, a pharmacy, and several overpriced cafes and basic restaurants. Unlimited free WiFi is available.

To travel between the airport and the city:

  • Aeroexpress is the only rail link to the airport. Trains operate between the airport and the Belorussky Railway Terminal in the northwest section of the city centre. Trains operate from 5:00AM to 01:05AM every 30 or 60 minutes. The journey takes 35 minutes and costs RUB 470 one-way if bought at the airport or RUB 420 if you buy your ticket online or via mobile app. Keep your paper or mobile ticket for the whole of the Aeroexpress journey. From the Belorussky Railway Terminal to the Kievskaya station by subway. From the Kievskaya station to Radisson Royal Hotel (2/1 Kutuzovskiy Av.) by walking is about 20 minutes through Taras Shevchenko embankment.
  • Uber operates service to the city centre for a fixed rate of RUB 1,500 for UberX, RUB 3,500 for UberBLACK.
  • Taxis are best booked over the phone using reputable companies such as LingoTaxi, RuskoTaxi or one of the official taxi operators from Sheremetyevo Airport. Don't take a taxi from a tout offering you a ride in the airport. Negotiate the price in advance.

 

2)   Domodedovo International Airport, (IATA: DME), +7 495 933-6666, is 45 km southeast of the centre of Moscow. It carries slightly more passengers than Sheremetyevo International Airport on an annual basis. The airport is the base of international discount carrier S7. Free WiFi is available throughout the airport. There are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops in the airport.

To travel between the airport and the city:

  • Aeroexpress trains operate between the airport and the Paveletsky Railway Terminal in the southeast section of the city centre. Trains operate from 6:00AM to 1:15AM every 30 minutes. The journey takes 50 minutes and costs RUB 470 one-way if bought at the airport or RUB420 if you buy your ticket online or via mobile app. Keep your paper or mobile ticket for the whole of the Aeroexpress journey. From the Paveletsky Railway Terminal to the Kievskaya station by subway. From the Kievskaya station to Radisson Royal Hotel (2/1 Kutuzovskiy Av.) by walking is about 20 minutes through Taras Shevchenko embankment.
  • Uber operates service to the city centre for a fixed rate of RUB 1,500 for UberX, RUB 3,500 for UberBLACK.
  • Taxis are best booked over the phone using reputable companies such as LingoTaxi, RuskoTaxi or one of the official taxi operators from Domodedovo Airport. Don't take a taxi from a tout offering you a ride in the airport. Negotiate the price in advance.

 

3)   Vnukovo International Airport, (IATA: VKO), +7 495 436-7196, is 30km southwest from the centre of Moscow. Vnukovo International Airport serves approximately 12 million passengers per year.

To travel between the airport and the city:

  • Aeroexpress trains operate between the airport and the Kievsky Railway Terminal in the southwest section of the city centre. Trains operate from 6:00AM to midnight every 30 or 60 minutes. The journey takes 40 minutes and costs RUB 470 one-way if bought at the airport or RUB 420 if you buy your ticket online or via mobile app. Keep your paper or mobile ticket for the whole of the Aeroexpress journey. From the Kievskaya station to Radisson Royal Hotel (2/1 Kutuzovskiy Av.) by walking is about 20 minutes through Taras Shevchenko embankment.
  • Uber operates service to the city centre for a fixed rate of RUB 1,500 for UberX, RUB 3,500 for UberBLACK.
  • Taxis are best booked over the phone using reputable companies such as LingoTaxi, RuskoTaxi. Negotiate the price in advance; many taxis charge approximately RUB 1,800 to the city centre.

 

Uber

Uber app is available in Moscow. You can get a taxi, private car or rideshare from your mobile phone. Uber connects you with a driver in minutes. More on available choices in Moscow (UberX, UberBlack) – on https://www.uber.com/cities/moscow.

 

English speaking taxi services

  1. LingoTaxi is a specialized English-speaking aiport transfer, tour and chauffeur service in Moscow with fixed, reasonable fares (English, German, Spanish (and many other languages) speaking drivers available for free). You can book transfers online through a form, live chat or telephone: +7 495 204 21 34. It's a 100% English service - all dispatchers and drivers speak English. Accepted payment methods: Cash to the driver or in advance by credit card / PayPal / wire transfer / Bitcoin.
  2. RuskoTaxi - airport transfer service and taxi service in Moscow. Fixed fares. No extra charges. Fill the form on e page or call +7 965 129 30 68. You will receive a booking confirmation when your reservation is complete. Drivers speak English, Spanish and other languages. You can pay to the driver or by PayPall.
  3. Angel Taxi  - FLAT rates, accepts Visa, MasterCard. Call +79-ANGEL-TAXI, + 7 (495) 956 0 800 or write / book / request quotes on their website or skype angel-taxi.com. Cars: standard, comfort, business, minivans, vans. Airport transfer includes 1 hour of free waiting, parking fees, luggage help, Meet & Greet for you with nameboard in arrivals. Offer private, group tours in Moscow.
  4. Taxi Mario, their phone number +7(499)705-7336 or email them transfer@taximario.com. They provide not just only English speaking drivers and a safe driving service, but also offer airport transfers at fixed price with a pickup at arrivals zone of airport and escort to car with lagguage help, door2door service, private tours around Moscow and Russia. If needed you can pay by Visa or Mastercard
  5. Welcome Taxi - It's possible to book a taxi with English, German, French, Spanish, Italian speaking driver. The airport transfer rates are fixed, airport pickup always includes flight status tracking, meet & greet service, 1 hour of waiting time after the actual flight landing and all parking expences. Different payment methods: cash, credit card onine, bank transfer. Online booking on their website is very simple, or you can call +7 499 5530158 or Skype welcometaxi.

 

Currency:

The currency used in Moscow is the Russian Ruble and all payments in Russia are made in Russian Ruble.

You may exchange your money for the Russian Ruble at most Moscow banks or at specialized stores called Foreign Exchange Bureaus. You may be able to exchange your money at the Moscow airport, but exchange rates may not be the best. You should consider purchasing the Russian Ruble currency at a more favorable exchange rate before you arrive in Moscow. You can do that by researching online currency brokers that do foreign exchange. Also, before your trip, consult with your credit or debit card bank about the foreign exchange transaction fees charged for using your card in Moscow, Russia.

The easiest way to access funds is through ATM machines (Visa, MasterCard).

 

Use the currency converter below to calculate the current exchange rate for the city of Moscow.

http://www.exchangerate.com/currency-exchange-rate-cities/moscow.html

 

Current exchange rate as of 16.12.2015:

1 USD =  70.8295 RUB

1 EUR = 78.2312 RUB

Currency rates - Central Bank of Russia

 

Climate: average temperature in winter — between -10 and -15C

The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from -2°C to -5°C over the course of the month, exceeding 3°C or dropping below -14°C only one day in ten.

 

Where to eat:

In Moscow you can find the cuisine for every taste. There are plenty of Italian, French, Asian food restaurants, also you can try tasty food from the Caucuses, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and other. If you're looking for a halal restaurant, you'll be glad for choice in Moscow.

 

There is a list of Halal restaurants, which are located near the Radisson Royal Hotel.

Uryuk Restaurant
Kutuzovskiy prospekt, 12
Tel: +79854100086

The basis of the menu in the "Uryuk" makes Uzbek cuisine.

 

Farsi Restaurant
Kutuzovsky prospect, 2/1
Tel: +74992432020

The Iranian restaurant with delicious halal dishes.

 

Sheikh Palace Restaurant
Street of Kiev, 20
Tel: +74992493128

You can enjoy delicious dishes of Oriental cuisine, made with organic ingredients Halal. There is a prayer room.

 

Tajj Mahal Restaurant
Arbat street, 6/2
Tel: +74951079170

Restaurant menu «TAJJ MAHAL», like the tail of a handsome peacock, reveals the guests a rich assortment of traditional dishes from India.

 

Chaikhana on Schepkina
Schepkina street, 27
Tel: + 74956814897

Azerbaijani cuisine

 

Zam zam Restaurant
Seleznevskaya street, 34 building 3
Tel.: +74956810198

The menu presents a variety of Italian, Russian and Caucasian cuisine that will satisfy even the most selective visitors.


 

MOSQUES IN MOSCOW

There are 4 mosques in Moscow. Every mosque has some distinctive features, all of mosques are beautiful and stately. There is separate room for women in every mosque.

 

1)      Cathedral Mosque

Address: 7, Vypolzov Lane. Ride to the underground station “Prospekt Mira”, exit towards sports complex “Olympic”

Telephone: +7 (495) 681 49 04

Moscow's main mosque, one of the largest and highest mosque in Russia and in Europe. After more than decade under construction, the doors of the newly built Moscow Cathedral Mosque have finally opened 23 of September, 2015.

 

2)      Historical Mosque

Address: 28, Bolshaya Tatarskaya Street. Underground Station – Novokuznetskaya Ulitsa

Telephone: + 7 495 951 84 48

Moscow Historical Mosque was established in 1823 and it is the oldest one among the working mosques of the capital. According to data received from the correspondence of senior officials of Moscow of that time, there was a mosque in Moscow before the 1823 yet it became worthlessness in 1812 when the Napoleon's troops had taken the city.

 

3)      Memorial Mosque at Poklonnaya Hill

Address: 2-B, Minskaya Street, Moscow.

Work hours: 10.00 – 21.00

Telephone: +7 (499) 502 19 06

Memorial Mosque at Poklonnaya Hill was erected in 1995–97 on initiative of Moscow Government and Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of European Russia (SDMER). A laying stone with inscription: "In memory of perished Muslim soldiers during the Great Patriotic War – the sons and the daughters of our multinational Motherland the Memorial Mosque will be erected on initiative of Moscow Government and Spiritual Directorate of the Muslims of Central European Russia" was placed in the 11th March 1995. The author of mosque projects – is well-known Moscow architect Iliyas Tajiev. Peculiarities of various architectural schools of Muslim East are combined in the mosque exterior: Tatar, Uzbek, and Caucasian.

 

4)      Yardyam Mosque

Address: Otradnoe District, 8, Khachaturyan Street. Underground Station – Otradnoe

Telephone: +7 499 903 60 88

This mosque is the part of Spiritual and Educational Complex in Otradnoe District of Moscow. Shiite mosque 'Inam', Orthodox Church and synagogue form this complex. Its construction has commenced in autumn 1996 on initiative and at the expense of Charity Fund for the Tatar Spiritual Heritage Development "Khilyal".

 

 

MAIN SIGHTSEEING:

Moscow has plenty to offer to a curious visitor. This ancient city, built around an amazing historical backdrop ensures a memorable experience for tourists all around the globe. In fact, the sights and attractions are so many, that it often becomes very difficult to cover them in a short trip.

Following are the places which a traveler with a day off from his busy work schedule should try to see in Moscow:

Red Square: It is a must visit spot in the Russian capital covered by historical sites such as Kremlin’s walls, Lenin’s Mausoleum, State History Museum, and St. Basil’s Cathedral. The Red Square and Kremlin both got recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the year 1990.

Arbat Street: The Arbat Street is an excellent place to remove boredom. It is filled with restaurants, tourist cafes, and souvenir shops. The little by-streets revolving around Arbat will give you an experience of “ancient Moscow spirit”. A bit of knowledge in Russian will help you to negotiate the prices inside a souvenir shop at Arbat Street.

Tretyakov Museum: This is arguably Moscow’s best museum. Tretyakov is renowned for its compilation of fabulous Russian art. Famous works of contemporary Russian artists provide the museum a magical touch. Experts consider Tretyakov as one of the best art museums in the world.

Novodevichy Convent: Built during the early part of the fifteenth century, Novodevichy constitutes a gorgeous fortress along with the convent. This historical complex is considered as the most preserved in the city of Moscow. The famous Novodevichy cemetery is also placed near to it. Well-known people like Boris Yeltsin, Raisa Gorbachev, Nikita Khrushchev, Konstantine Stanislavski, Nickolai Gogol, and Anton Chekhov have been buried here.

Tverskaya Street: The Tverskaya Street is Moscow’s hottest fashion spot. It includes numerous prestigious boutiques and fashion stores. The street is also dotted with coffee houses, theaters, hotels and restaurants. The unique architectural style of the street will definitely catch your attention. You will also spot the planet’s busiest McDonalds near the end of the street.

Christ the Savior Cathedral: This is the world’s tallest Orthodox cathedral. It was destroyed by the orders of Stalin in the year 1931 and was rebuilt again in the middle half of the nineties. An underground museum documents all the details of the cathedral and its surroundings in the most interesting fashion.

Kremlin: Finally, your short trip to Moscow must never get over without a visit to the Kremlin. Classic ballet performances during the afternoon add to the charm of the place. You must also not miss the glorious churches at Kremlin and the armory for its diamond collection.

With proper planning, you can easily cover all these above mentioned places within a day’s time.

 

 

 

 


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