Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, a division of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have won joint bids to host four leading international conferences in the Emirate.
All four of the conferences will be held in the Middle East region for the first time and include the World Congress of Nephrology, the Annual Conference of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD), the International Baccalaureate (IB) Africa, Europe, Middle East Global Conference, and the XIV World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) World Congress.
The wins should boost Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a global health and education hub. Securing these significant conferences will also support government efforts to develop these sectors, which have been identified as key development areas in the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 roadmap for the future.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Abu Dhabi is now firmly established as a major player on the global events stage, able to excel at hosting the world’s most prominent conferences and exhibitions. Working in partnership with our colleagues at ADNEC to secure these conferences for the Emirate is further proof of the great strides we are making in positioning Abu Dhabi as a destination of choice for a whole host of major international organisations. These successes also reinforce our support for local partners, with hotels and DMCs, as well as conference venues, in line to directly benefit from the increase in footfall that will accompany such conferences.”
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri (pictured), Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “These four conferences are of strategic importance as we continue our efforts to position the Emirate as a key global hub for health and education.
“We are pleased to collaborate with DCT to host these conferences which will highlight the immense potential of these industries and attract some of the best minds.”
The World Congress of Nephrology 2020 is expected to attract 4,000 delegates, while the ISPAD annual conference, to be held in 2020, represents a significant step to tackle the sharp rise in diabetes and obesity among the Emirate’s youth.
Dr Asma Deeb, Chair of the Local Organising Committee for ISPAD, said: “This is the first time that the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes will be holding its annual conference in the Middle East. The event will be held at ADNEC and organised by ISPAD’s core PCO and AMC K.I.T. Group GmbH, which has its headquarters in Berlin and a regional office in Abu Dhabi.”
The conference is of strategic importance for the region, as countries in the Middle East represent almost 5% of ISPAD’s global membership and is expected to attract 1,500 paediatric diabetologists, endocrinologists and allied health professionals.