IDF 2017 Abu Dhabi

What can you expect?

More than 200 speakers, both world-renowned and newcomers, 230 national diabetes associations from 170 countries and high level participation from the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and other health organisations. At a recent medical meeting held in UAE H.E. Professor Dr. Maha Taysir Barakat, Director General of HAAD said: 

"With the significance of non-communicable diseases in our society, we consider diabetes a top priority. HAAD anticipates a growth in demand for general medical services linked to lifestyle-related diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with larger volume increases in outpatient and inpatient settings. Therefore, it is important for the medical community to convene to discuss trends, optimal treatment standards and realistic means of prevention and mitigation of complications.”

Who else will be there?

International delegates to the IDF congress come from very diverse backgrounds. They include: research scientists, endocrinologists, health professionals such as nurses, general practitioners, dieticians, diabetes educators, as well as health policy makers.

View a full range of statistics from previous IDF congresses.

What’s new?

IDF 2017 will feature more e-poster presentations, lunch sessions on the exhibition floor, more streams, shorter session formats and overflow capacities in every session hall.

With such a charged programme, featuring over 160 hours of scientific sessions and many other educational activities, it is very important to rest your mind and unwind. For the first time IDF will be running lunch-time exercise classes. Participate in relaxing class of Yoga or Tai Chi to refresh yourself for the afternoon. Stretch your body, boost your metabolism and refocus your mind so that you are able to take advantage of everything IDF 2017 has to offer!

Opening ceremony

Get a first glimpse of the host city’s culture and tradition at the IDF 2017 Opening Ceremony on Monday, 4 December 2017 in the ADNEC congress center.

We invite you to join us for an inspiring Opening & Welcome Reception. Join your colleagues and friends not seen since the last IDF Congress and make new friends in the diabetes community.

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Farewell evening

Before we all go home again, we would like you to experience Arabian hospitality at a special Farewell Evening on Thursday 7 December 2017, organised for our delegates to network and get to know each other.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating desert, a place of mystical purity, a magical ever-changing landscape. Enjoy an evening under the desert sky and share a moment of joy and serenity with your peers and friends from all over the world.

Set up in the desert surrounding Abu Dhabi, the Bedouin style camp welcomes you with a large buffet serving local specialities, traditional music and entertainment.

Book your ticket when registering for the congress. Seating capacity is limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets at €90 per person include the coach transfer, a full buffet menu, soft beverages, coffee & tea (alcoholic beverages are available at cost), and traditional music and entertainment.

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The IDF 5K brings together IDF Congress delegates and citizens of Abu Dhabi to participate in a fun and healthy event. Whether you are an experienced runner or someone who has yet to lace up their running shoes, the 5k is a perfect opportunity to give yourself a world-class workout, while highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing type 2 diabetes and managing all types of diabetes. The IDF 5K is a highly enjoyable and convivial part of the congress. See for yourself! 

Don’t miss out the next edition of the IDF 5K on Wednesday 6 December at 18h30 when we take you “backstage”. You’ll run across the IDF 2017 exhibition aisles, along the loading docks and the ADNEC grand stand on a most unusual and unique 5K track!

Participation is free of charge for all. Find out more and register at

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Meet Abu Dhabi

Explore the venue of the IDF 2017 Congress.

A beautiful and easy to navigate congress centre; spacious and bright and ideal to host our exhibition, poster area, the Global Village and sessions; all located on the ground floor. 

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and the country's largest emirate with over 1.6 million residents and an ultra-modern infrastructure which befits its status as the economic and political hub of the UAE. 

It ranks high on the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 by the World Economic Form being the second safest destination of all 136 countries assessed with an outstanding air transport infrastructure.

The city has a diverse and multicultural society that welcomes people from all over the world; hospitality is deeply rooted in the people’s culture and history.

What would you like to see at IDF 2017?

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