Registration figures for the World Diabetes Congress 2011, to be held in Duabi, United Arab Emirates, are expected to reach 14,000 by the time doors open at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 4. This means that this Congress will be the largest World Diabetes Congress in IDF history.
The previous World Diabetes Congress held in Montréal in 2009, attracted 12,500 participants.
“The rise in participants is testament to the fact that diabetes is now on the global health map” said Luc Hendrickx, IDF Director of Congresses and Governance. “Following September’s UN High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases, we’re hoping to see solid commitments coming out of the Congress to tackle the diabetes epidemic going forward into 2012.”
For the first time the World Diabetes Congress will take place in the IDF Middle East and North Africa Region, a strategic location in one of the areas hardest hit by the global diabetes epidemic.
The World Diabetes Congress is one of the world’s largest international healthcare congresses. It provides the opportunity to discuss a broad range of diabetes issues, from latest scientific research and advances to cutting-edge information on education, diabetes care, advocacy, awareness, health polciy and life with diabetes.
Participants include physicians, scientists, nurses, educators and other healthcare professionals, as well as government representatives, policy makers, people with diabetes, representatives from IDF member associations and members of the press.
On-site registration  will be possible as of December 4.