Dubai wins bid to host World Diabetes Congress in 2011

DUBAI — Dubai has won the bid to host the 21st World Diabetes Congress in 2011 after a highly-competitive international process.

By A Staff Reporter

Published: Thu 24 May 2007, 8:22 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:27 AM

The congress will be organised under the auspices of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

With over 12,000 delegates and 500 speakers, the congress will be one of the largest international congresses ever held in the UAE.

The decision to host World Diabetes Congress in Dubai would increase awareness about the malady and help to promote national policies for prevention, care and treatment of diabetes.

Dubai's bid to host the congress was supported by Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Department of Health and Medical Services (DoHMS), Dubai Convention Bureau, and Dubai Healthcare City, part of Tatweer.

"DWTC is proud to support Dubai in its efforts to bring together so many leading experts to discuss this critical challenge to global health. A congress of this magnitude provides an important opportunity for the exchange of knowledge among industry professionals, doctors, and scientists," said Helal Saeed Al Marri, director-general, Dubai World Trade Centre.

"Tackling diabetes is a strategic priority for DoHMS and the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai will offer an essential opportunity to provide local medical practitioners with access to the latest thinking and research," said Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, director-general of the Department of Health & Medical Services (DoHMS).

"Experts agree that coordinated action between healthcare organisations is essential if we are to stem the rising tide of diabetes. The successful cooperation that has brought this Congress to Dubai is an excellent example of how, working together, we can achieve major results," said Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, CEO of Dubai Healthcare City, a member of Tatweer.

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