ADNEC, Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau collaborate to attract key conferences

ABU DHABI, 6th December, 2018 (WAM) — The 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 teamed up to win bids to host four leading international conferences in Abu Dhabi – all of them being held in the Middle East region for the first time.

These include the World Congress of Nephrology, the Annual Conference of the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes, ISPAD, Congress, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Africa, Europe, Middle East Global Conference, and the XIV World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, WAPR, World Congress.

Saif Saeed Ghobash, Under-Secretary, DCT Abu Dhabi, said, “Abu Dhabi is now firmly established as a major player on the global event’s 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, 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, which are among the sectors identified in the Abu Dhabi vision document as crucial to the Emirate’s progress and development. 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. This move emphasises our commitment to support the government’s efforts towards establishing a knowledge-based and sustainable economy, as outlined in Abu Dhabi’s vision 2030. ADNEC will continue to attract leading conferences and events that promote Abu Dhabi’s image as a global destination for MICE events, with world-class facilities.”

Dr. Asma Deeb, Chair of the Local Organising Committee for ISPAD, said, “This is the first time that the International Society for Paediatric 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 city is recognised as a perfect destination with outstanding conference facilities offering a safe and stable environment for international delegates.”

“We are also expecting high attendance from Africa and Asia due to the capital’s strategic location and enhanced accessibility. The conference is of strategic importance for the region, as countries in the Middle East represent almost five per cent of ISPAD’s global membership and attracts as many as 1,500 paediatric diabetologists, endocrinologists and allied health professionals. We look forward to this important congress as a milestone in the healthcare landscape of Abu Dhabi which has been witnessing an alarming rise in diabetes and obesity among its youth and is at the forefront of several campaigns and initiatives aimed at preventing them,” she added.

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