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Abu Dhabi to host 10,000 Participants at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2017 Congress
29 November 2017

Abu Dhabi, 29 November 2017: Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Abu Dhabi is to host the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2017 Congress. The congress will take place from 4-8 December with an anticipated 10,000 participants at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the capital’s premiere event venue.

The event will included more than 300 speakers both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participations from the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi and other health organisations.

Announced in 2016, Abu Dhabi won the bid to host the World Diabetes Congress by its organiser, the Brussels-based International Diabetes Federation (IDF), following stiff competition from leading venues and well-known cities around the world to host the Congress.

His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah Bin Mohammad Al Hamed, Chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, said: “Diabetes management and prevention is a top priority on our healthcare agenda. Despite several prevention methods, we continue to see an increase in the number of people with diabetes. This requires more education and increased awareness on the disease and ways of prevention in the UAE and the Arab world.

“As part of our commitment to promoting a healthy community in Abu Dhabi, this congress will help raise awareness of diabetes and develop much-needed dialogue. The International Diabetes Federation will draw on expertise from international best practice when it comes to treatment and overall disease management,” H.E. added.

The broad nature of the Congress is invaluable for all professionals in the field of diabetes, from clinicians and physicians to educators, public health specialist, epidemiologists, as well as policy makers and advocates. With over 160 hours of sessions, 300 top-level speakers, 1,000 posters and an estimated 21 CME credits, the conference aims to provide the delegate with an invaluable learning experience through varied and innovative sessions.

“The biennial International Diabetes Federation Congress is a truly international meeting that provides a perfect platform for interaction and learning. The factors which decided our appointment to host this prestigious event included the UAE capital being seen as a leading destination in the meeting and conference world, along with the city’s safety and affordability - features which helped to cement the Federation’s decision”, said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi

“Working alongside our Convention Bureau we are continuing to attract major conferences, congresses, associations and meetings from multiple sectors, but in particular from the medical field, which has been identified as a key pillar of Abu Dhabi Vision. We are delighted to welcome the world to Abu Dhabi to discuss such an important issue,” added Al Mubarak

Launched in 1952, the Congress is held in different locations around the world and features interactive sessions, seminars, and workshops to examine international best practices, advanced diabetic care, prevention and treatment methods and technologies, as well as access to medicines, and education and awareness.

The IDF 2017 Congress will take place from 4-8 December, at ADNEC. For more information, please visit:


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