Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) will welcome nine new international congresses between 2017 and 2021 as part of a strategic plan to boost growth in key sectors including healthcare, energy and environment, and engineering.
The events are expected to bring more than 24,000 delegates to the emirate, dovetailing with the emirate’s wider plans for expanding its knowledge economy.
Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC said: “DWTC is committed to Dubai’s economic diversification strategy firmly aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021 and is working towards contributing business visitors to the tourism target. As we continue to win new and diverse international congresses, DWTC remains dedicated to strategically aligning its in-take of international congresses with a focus on key-growth sectors. Healthcare, energy and environment are emerging as important industries that will fuel economic growth, and it is therefore essential that we support those industries moving forward.”
Healthcare is seen as a major driver for the emirate, with Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) leading its vision of becoming an internationally-recognised hub for quality healthcare, clinical and wellness services, medical education and research. Private and public sector investment, plus the work of academic institutions like the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, are helping drive advances in the medical field, as well as Dubai’s reputation in the field.
This October the emirate will host the Congress of the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) for the first time. The congress focuses on leading the fight against arthritis through its member development and encouraging research in the field of rheumatic diseases.
It has also won two major healthcare events in 2018: the World Cardiology Congress; and the World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders. In 2019 Dubai will host the International Federation for Health Information Management Association, with the Meeting of the International Children’s Continence Society confirmed for 2020, and the World Congress of the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons in the diary for 2021.
In 2018, DWTC will also host a variety of new congresses such as the 13th Conference of Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands focusing on environmental conservation, another key sector for the region; and the World Tunnel Congress, which brings together some of the most brilliant engineering minds in the field of tunnelling for the world’s most sustainable cities, underlining the city’s growing knowledge hub in engineering, architecture and design.
The venue has also won the 60th Amway APAC Leadership Seminar, taking place in 2019.
The wins come off the back of a busy year, with DWTC hosting 34 diverse congresses in 2016 including The Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. That event welcomed more than 7,000 delegates, highlighting Dubai’s role as a regional hub for oil and gas resources and exploration and production knowledge. The THINK SCIENCE 2016 also hosted more than 7,000 visitors, and both the 34th International Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion and the YPO Global Leadership Conference 2016 each welcomed more than 3,000 visitors.
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