Abu Dhabi to host Asia-Pacific cardiology meet
Abu Dhabi, May 16, 2011
Abu Dhabi will host the 2015 Asian Pacific Congress of Cardiology, the biennial scientific meeting representing the collegiate membership of 18 societies throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The congress, to be staged for the first time in a Middle Eastern city, will bring 3,000 medical specialists to the UAE capital.
The win follows a joint Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority/Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre (ADTA/Adnec) bid for the congress which was supported by the Emirates Cardiac Society.
“This is a high profile congress and a great vote of confidence in Abu Dhabi as a world-class convention centre with easy accessibility to all points throughout Asia Pacific,” said Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman of ADTA and Adnec.
Selection of Abu Dhabi as host destination follows a presentation to the congress organisers by ADTA and Dr Wael Almahmeed, consultant cardiologist on behalf of the Emirates Cardiac Society.
Dr Almahmeed stressed the knowledge-transfer benefits the staging of the congress would have on the UAE’s own cardiology alumni who work in a country where 25 per cent of deaths are related to cardiovascular disease and which has double-digit per capita prevalence in associated disease and factors including diabetes, obesity, hypertension and smoking.
“Within the UAE there is increasing emphasis being place on cardiology and the Abu Dhabi Government is making the prevention of heart disease a major priority,” explained Dr Almahmeed.
This is the second major international medical congress to be hosted by Abu Dhabi. In February next year, the UAE capital will host the World Ophthalmology Congress – the oldest running medical congress when between 8,000 and 12,000 delegates are expected in the city. – TradeArabia News Service