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Abu Dhabi to host Arab World’s largest international gastroenterology meeting in 2016

06th Jan 2014 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The ‘Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society (EGHS)’, has signed an agreement to jointly organise The International Gastroenterology Meeting – Abu Dhabi 2016, together with the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO.)

The agreement signing follows a two day official visit to Abu Dhabi city, organised by the Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, for WGO delegations to gain first hand insights into the destination and the UAE capital’s wide range of meeting venues, hotels and tourism attractions.

The meeting, which promises to be the largest ever Gastroenterology & Hepatology Meeting in the Arab World, will be jointly held with the Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Annual Meeting in the same year.

The event is expected to attract over 2,000 health care professionals, medical specialists, policy makers at national, regional and international levels as well as academics and researchers from around the globe.

The agreement sets in motion the formation of an international scientific committee with representatives from both organisations to develop a truly international scientific educational programme over three days of scientific and networking events, symposia, forums, debate, including the live broadcasting of a series of operations directly from one of the UAE’s leading hospitals.

International experts, distinguished regional and local faculty and world-renowned speakers will cover the latest scientific research and innovation in the field of Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

A medical exhibition alongside the international meeting will also take place with participation from local and international medical organisations.

Meeting Minds – Experts has been appointed as the professional conference organisers to stage the 2016 meeting.

This development comes as a new landmark to confirm the commitment of the UAE as a supporter of scientific innovation and the improvement of health care systems and aspires to actively contribute in the advancement of scientific and medical practices locally, regionally and internationally.

Commenting on the event Dr. Maryam Al Khatry, President of EGHS, said, “I am delighted to see that the efforts made by our active and highly committed members, have now made way for the staging of this important international meeting.

“This is the first time in the history of WGO that it joins forces with an Arab based organisation to jointly hold a co-organised meeting, which only emphasises the growing scope and demand for expertise in the UAE and the region. I look forward to welcoming all the distinguished guests, members of WGO and EGHS in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in 2016.”

Prof. Jim Toouli, President of WGO said: “We are delighted to work with the EGHS leadership team on holding this important international meeting in the beautiful city of Abu Dhabi and we hope that this excellent development will set the scene for further collaboration between WGO and EGHS members.

“We wish to foster and support joint activities with our member societies and as such holding this international meeting in Abu Dhabi, is especially important as we envisage it will be the highlight and potentially the largest meeting for WGO members in 2016.”

“The meeting is also an excellent opportunity to gain first insight into the current and future developments in the United Arab Emirates as well as for members and their families to experience the warm hospitality of Abu Dhabi.” He added.

The WGO mission is to promote, to the general public and health care professionals alike, an awareness of the world wide prevalence and optimal care of digestive disorders through the provision of high quality, accessible and independent education and training.

The meeting has the support of Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau – a one-stop resource of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority ( TCA Abu Dhabi) – which is assisting the emirate to increasingly advance its reputation in the medical meetings sector.

“We will get fully behind this initiative to ensure the destination lives up to the organisers’ expectations and that their speakers, delegates and exhibitors have a positive and memorable experience in a destination which is steadily building its credentials as an international meetings venue,” said His Excellency Jasem Al Darmaki, Deputy Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.

About The Emirates Gastroenterology & Hepatology Society

The Emirates Gastroenterology Society (EGS) envisions itself as an organization of Gastroenterologists imbued with a high level of ethical values and committed to the beneficial exchange of knowledge among the fraternity of gastrointestinal practitioners. It also aims to dedicate itself to the development of systems by means of which research into understanding, prevention and cure of digestive diseases may be facilitated.

About The World Gastroenterology Organisation

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of over 100 national societies and 4 regional associations of gastroenterology representing over 50,000 individual members worldwide. Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, WGO was originally known as Organisation Mondiale de Gastroénterologie (OMGE) and renamed in 2006. The WGO, a 501 (c)(3) organisation, focuses on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale.

To learn more about the International Gatsroenterology & Hepatology Meeting – Abu Dhabi 2016,

Medhat Nassar
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