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Getting to Malta

The national carrier Air Malta operates to numerous European and a number of North African destinations, with regular flights. There are also a large number of international carriers operating to and from Malta. Malta International Airport is located in Luqa, approximately 20 minutes by taxi from the venue, and in the centre of the island.

Driving to Malta is also possible from mainland Europe. There are decent ferry services from Spain, France and Italy. Once you arrive you can use your car on the roads here as long as you have European insurance cover and a driving licence.

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Climate

Malta’s climate is typical of the Mediterranean and is strongly influenced by the sea. The Maltese Islands have a pleasantly sunny climate with a daily average of around 12 hours sunshine in summer going down to 5 to 6 hours in mid-winter. Summers are hot, dry and very sunny.

In July, and around the time of the Summit, the weather is going to be hot.

July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Malta, although July tends to be the driest and the sunniest of the two. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the island rises from 25°C at the start of the month, all the way up to 27°C in the final few days.

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Venue

The summit venue is the Westin Dragonara Resort.  It’s one of Malta’s top 5-star hotels located in the heart of downtown St Julian’s and right on the water’s edge, from where one can directly access the Mediterranean sea from the two private beach lidos. With over 74,000 square metres of space, The Westin Dragonara Resort is your ideal holiday or business accommodation.

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Accommodation

Where to stay? It all depends on your tastes and what are you expecting to find in Malta. In any case, Malta is so small that you can travel from north to southern tip in an hour or so.  Staying in Gozo is also an option with the excellent and regular ferry service.

A great way to stay where you want and have plenty of  flexibility is to rent an apartment through AirBnB – check our News section for some feature articles on Valletta and St Julian’s top recommendations.

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Getting Around

You can still take a horse-drawn carriage for the experience, but getting around in Malta is not a difficult task. Public transport is regular and cheap. Car hire is always easy and accessible. The Maltese Islands are not large so nothing is ever far away, especially by car. However, inexperienced drivers are should be careful when driving Malta as rules and regulations are not as respected in Malta as in other countries.

Your hotel concierge will be happy to assist you in arranging your private taxi transfer to and from any address in Malta. When considering the lack of parking spaces available in many areas, the price of car hire and the full buses during summer, taxis are a good alternative.

Public transport is not always convenient and smooth however the new improved regular services takes you to all parts of Malta at a low cost. The direct route links the tourist resorts and larger villages with attractions and areas of tourist interest.

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Entertainment

 

Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best.

In just 48 hours and a kilometre or two, you can try a new sport, laze on an island cruise and tour the most important historic sites, and still have time to join in the nightlife. That’s the real advantage of a stay here.

The Islands offer plenty of specialist holidays for those seeking to learn a new skill, discover history or get fit. If you’re interested in sports, you will find as much for the seasoned enthusiast as the casual first-timer. Malta has wellness and spa facilities at the luxury hotels and club resorts.  Sea and land lend themselves to activities from rock-climbing to gentle rambling.

For a tempo and scene change from Malta itself, hop to the sister islands of Gozo and Comino. Here, you’ll holiday within a holiday and at the most relaxed of Mediterranean paces.

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Adventures

Malta is famous for its diving and watersports. With numerous schools and dive schools there’s plenty of options for the seasoned aquanaut and novice alike. Should you prefer to stay above water, there’s sailing – both dinghy and big boat – with courses and charter available. Kyaking, canoeing, windsurfing, kite surfing, wakeboarding… if you have an adventure sport you want to try, you’ll find someone doing it here.

If you are more of a landlubber you can opt for rock climbing, walking, biking, jeep safari and exploring. Keep in mind that in the heat of July you are more likely to want to get out and about early – before 5am – to get the most out of the stunning landscape waiting to be discovered.

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History

The history of Malta is a long and colourful one dating back to the dawn of civilisation.

The Maltese Islands went through a golden Neolithic period, the remains of which are the mysterious temples dedicated to the goddess of fertility. Later on, the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Byzantines, all left their traces on the Islands.

In 60 A.D. St. Paul was shipwrecked on the island while on his way to Rome and brought Christianity to Malta. The Arabs conquered the islands in 870 A.D. and left an important mark on the language of the Maltese. Until 1530 Malta was an extension of Sicily: The Normans, the Aragonese and other conquerors who ruled over Sicily also governed the Maltese Islands. It was Charles V who bequeathed Malta to the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem who ruled over Malta from 1530 to 1798. The Knights took Malta through a new golden age, making it a key player in the cultural scene of 17th and 18th century Europe. The artistic and cultural lives of the Maltese Islands were injected with the presence of artists such as Caravaggio, Mattia Preti and Favray who were commissioned by the Knights to embellish churches, palaces and auberges.

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte took over Malta from the Knights on his way to Egypt. The French presence on the islands was short lived, as the English, who were requested by the Maltese to help them against the French, blockaded the islands in 1800.

British rule in Malta lasted until 1964 when Malta became independent. The Maltese adapted the British system of administration, education and legislation.

Modern Malta became a Republic in 1974 and joined the European Union in May 2004.

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Stories

Malta’s story-tellers and cultural curators can be found all over the web. Everyone who visits the island seems compelled to document their trip in some form. From full-blown travelogues to Trip Advisor comments, there’s a wealth of information for you to uncover. Check back soon to see our specially selected links to the best of Malta’s stories.

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Discovery

There are some things in Malta that must be done. They are a part of discovering what it is to be Maltese. From village feasts to what to eat and where, off the beaten track places, weekend pursuits… this section provides an insight into the quintessentially Maltese things that you need to discover.

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Doing Business

Any foreign company or individual wanting to do business in Malta will need to decide under which form they want to operate. The types of business entities that an organisation can choose are set out in Malta’s Company Act of 1995. This is principally based on English company law and is in conformity with EU Directives.

Malta provides an extremely business-friendly environment, attracting international businesses as well as providing a solid framework for indigenous operations to flourish.

This section of our guide will provide extensive links to some of the best information available on the web.

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Infrastructure

The overall quality and reliability of infrastructure is a critical factor for businesses across all sectors.

Malta has one of the most sophisticated and reliable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructures in Europe. This has been established following a significant amount of investment and consolidation within the ICT sector. Furthermore, the Smart City Project, due to be finished in 2021, is creating a state-of-the-art technology and media city in Kalkara. The aim of the project is to make Malta a centre for ICT excellence.

The Maltese IT infrastructure meets the key requirements of international companies including:

  • In the 2014 Global Competitiveness Report, Malta ranked 21/144 in technological readiness
  • The Smart City project represents a EUR30 million investment into Malta’s ICT infrastructure
  • In 2014, the Prime Minister launched the Digital Malta Strategy; a policy to guide the country in attaining the EU’s 2020 vision of prospering as a digitally-enabled nation in all sectors of society. Projects will include incentivising entrepreneurs within the IT sector and making Malta one of the first Wi-Fi enabled countries in the world

Malta’s transportation system is small but extensive; there is one major airport at Gudja and three large natural harbours that provide for excellent maritime transport. The country’s primary method of public transport is the bus service. This was temporarily nationalised at the beginning of 2014 but, as at October 2014, Autobuses Urbanos de León had been chosen as the preferred bus operator for the country. Malta’s transport system also includes ferry, bus and harbour links to the island of Gozo.

The main advantages of the Maltese transport system include:

  • Malta’s airport, ranked fifth best in Europe, according to the 2013 Airport Service Quality awards, offers direct flights to 37 major centres in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East
  • Malta’s road system connects towns, villages, industrial and business centres, and holiday resorts; all factories are located within 30 minutes of a harbour and the airport
  • Connection to over 165 ports across all continents; the country has the largest ship registry within the EU and one of the largest worldwide
  • Malta Freeport is the third largest logistics centre in the Mediterranean region, moving 2.3 million TEUs annually.

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