Abu Dhabi wins bid to host 37th World Veterinary Association Congress

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi has been selected by the World Veterinary Association to host the 37th edition of their prestigious annual congress, which is being held in the Middle East for the first time.

Organized by the Emirates Veterinary Association, the event, to be held from 29-31 March 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will bring together industry leaders and the global veterinary community to showcase and discuss the latest innovations in the field.

The capital of the UAE was chosen following a rigorous selection process involving several competing destinations from around the world. The winning bid was jointly submitted by the Emirates Veterinary Association, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau (ADCEB).

Sheikha Alyazia bint Sultan Al Nahyan, Honorary President of the Emirates Veterinary Association, said: “Veterinary medicine is a national, significant need in the UAE and our country recognizes the importance and necessity of veterinary medicine as it can achieve human safety and animal health The specialty of veterinary medicine has become one of the national needs, in line with comprehensive development projects in the country, where veterinary care ensures the health of all animals, people and society, as it prevents diseases and epidemics and ensures the preservation of food safety. Therefore, the UAE is striving to do more in the veterinary field by training national cadres in veterinary specialties and providing the country’s job market with qualified veterinarians. We established the Emirates Veterinary Association to further develop scientific thinking in the various fields of veterinary medicine and to establish educational and training programs for Emirati students and support the skill development of veterinarians in the UAE. Our main goal in preparing the congress is to gather veterinarians from different parts of the world under one roof to share experiences and knowledge.”

Mubarak Al Shamsi, Director, Abu Dhabi Convention and Exhibition Bureau, said: “We are delighted to welcome the World Veterinary Association to its global congress, which is the latest addition to our strong list of upcoming MICE events. It represents the great strides made in raising Abu Dhabi’s global profile as a premier destination for large scale gatherings and activations of all kinds. The World Veterinary Association Congress is a long standing event with an outstanding global reputation and we look forward to hosting the Congress and to welcome its attendees I’m sure Abu Dhabi’s state-of-the-art infrastructure, world-class cultural and entertainment attractions, warm hospitality and improved health and safety regulations will leave a lasting impression. “

dr Roula Shaaban Ibrahim Hassan, President of the Emirates Veterinary Association and MENA Councilor for the World Veterinary Association Congress, said: “The Emirates Veterinary Association’s successful bid to host the Congress in Abu Dhabi marks the first event of this global event in the Middle East – a tremendous achievement for all of us. Hosting this congress will allow us to raise awareness of the importance of a veterinarian’s role in ensuring the safety of animals and create investment opportunities for veterinary medicine. We also hope to encourage educational and regulatory authorities to conduct further research in veterinary medicine. The Congress also supports the UAE Government’s efforts to develop sustainable agriculture and protect the health of flora and fauna to improve biosecurity and achieve food security, an area where veterinarians play a crucial role.”

Khalifa Al Qubaisi, Chief Commercial Officer, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, said: “Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company works closely with partners from the public and private sectors to host and attract new events in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The World Veterinary Association Congress is one of the industry’s most significant global events and by bringing it to Abu Dhabi we are enhancing the transfer and localization of knowledge in the UAE.”

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