Abu Dhabi has won hosting rights for the FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2019, making the UAE the first country in GCC region and only the second in the Middle East to hold this important international event. Emirates Pharmacy Society, a member organisation of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) made the announcement on the sidelines of Arab Pharmacist Day held in Dubai.
Set to run at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 22 to 26 September, 2019, the annual FIP conference is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants from across the world, including heads of international and regional associations as well as key decision makers in various disciplines related to the pharmaceutical sciences.
Providing a platform to highlight various topics and exchange know-how, experiences and views relevant to pharmaceutical sciences, the event will seek to enhance the role of pharmacists in improving healthcare systems across the world. It will examine the most important scientific innovations in the pharmaceuticals domain and explore ways to strengthen the role of the pharmacists in delivering the right treatment regimen and methods.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), said: "Abu Dhabi’s winning bid for the 2019 edition of FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress marks another major success in attracting high-profile international conferences and events to the emirate. It is also a vote of confidence by the global entity in the Abu Dhabi’s unique capabilities to host leading world events.”
He added: “TCA Abu Dhabi and ADNEC are committed to providing complete support to the conference organisers to promote this international event and achieve its objectives. In line with TCA Abu Dhabi’s strategy to attract more specialised international conferences to Abu Dhabi, we will leverage our advanced facilities to ensure a productive participation for all those attending the event. In converging several specialised companies and pharmacists from across the globe, I am confident that the conference will provide an ideal opportunity to create awareness about Abu Dhabi’s rich cultural heritage among the visitors.”
For his part, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, ADNEC Group CEO, said: "The success of Abu Dhabi in attracting this important international conference demonstrates the competitive edge that the emirate has over other leading MICE destinations. With our best-in-class facilities and expertise, ADNEC is well poised to host this high-profile event in a manner that befits Abu Dhabi's reputation as a destination of choice for major international events.”
Al Dhahiri added: “ADNEC is fully prepared to cater to the unique requirements of leading international associations looking to host their events in Abu Dhabi thanks to our state-of-the art venues and highly-skilled and dedicated workforce. In addition to FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress, we will host in 2019 an exciting lineup of major regional and international events including World Energy Congress and the World Road Congress.”
Al Dhaheri thanked Emirates Medical Association for its support to Abu Dhabi’s winning bid, and noted that the event would provide an important networking platform for FIP members to build valuable partnerships in various disciplines related to pharmaceutical sciences.
Commenting on the host destination for the 2019 congress, FIP President Dr. Carmen Peña said, “The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is delighted that, in 2019, the 79th World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is to be held in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to working with colleagues there to bring our global pharmacy network to the United Arab Emirates, so that important discussions of professional issues and developments will take place in this unique location.”
Dr. Mariam Galadari, Pharmacy Division Chairperson, Emirates Medical Association, said during the annual celebration of the Arab Pharmacist Day in Dubai: "We are delighted that Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the host country for FIP Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress 2019. This international event is an ideal opportunity for us to network with major pharmaceutical organisations and associations, exchange knowledge and expertise and build new partnerships. It will offer us valuable insight into the latest developments in pharmaceutical sciences and update participants on the latest achievements of the UAE in this domain.”
She added: “The UAE today boasts a well-developed pharmaceutical sector that provides advanced services on par with the best international standards. In addition to enabling advanced treatments and medication for all, the country also offers enhanced distribution channels for all types of drugs. We are also well-connected with key pharmaceutical research institutions and accreditation agencies, allowing us to respond promptly and efficiently to any crises that may hit the global pharma sector.
Dr Ola Ghaleb, Vice Chairperson, Pharmacy Division, Emirates Medical Association said: "The UAE in general, and Abu Dhabi in particular, have built excellent infrastructure and best-in-class facilities to host high-profile international events and ensure their success. We look forward to convening this global event in Abu Dhabi that will provide the professional pharmaceutical fraternity an opportunity to network with major players in pharmaceutical sectors and exchange knowledge. It will offer us valuable insight into the latest developments in pharmaceutical sciences and update participants on the rights of both pharmaceutical manufacturers and consumers.”
ADNEC has recently won the rights to host many high-calibre international events through its close collaboration with leading global government agencies as well as its own strategic partners across diverse sectors. Some of these events include International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) World Diabetes Congress 2017, WorldSkills 2017, World Conference of Family Doctors (WONCA 2020), among others. These wins have helped Abu Dhabi consolidate its reputation as the business tourism capital of the region, and diversify its portfolio of international events and specialised conferences.
ADNEC offers 133,000 square metres of interconnected floor space to meet the requirements of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.5 million people across 480 events in 2016.