The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) will take its flagship conference to the Middle East for the first time after naming Oman as the host of its triennial international symposium in 2024.
The IAS board made the announcement at the society’s General Assembly at ISA 2018 (the XVIIIth International Symposium on Atherosclerosis) being held in Toronto, Canada.
The Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) saw off competition from Dubai, St Petersburg, and New Dehli, to host the event, expected to attract 2,500 international delegates.
The bid team included Khalid Al Zadjali, director of the Oman Convention Bureau (OCB) and Gillian Taylor, director of Business Development, Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC).
It will be the first time that the conference has been hosted in the Middle East with the first held in 1967, in Chicago, and more recent editions in Sydney and Amsterdam.
The 19th edition will be in Kyoto, Japan in 2021.
Dr. Khalid Al Rasadi, president of OSLA, said: “Bringing this international conference with global experts and having them share their knowledge will benefit not just Oman but also all of the GCC and surrounding countries. We are very confident that we will get large numbers of delegates from all over the world as Oman is such an attractive destination.”
One of the key reasons cited for winning was the involvement, engagement and activities undertaken by OSLA who hold annual courses along with local and regional events.
Khalid Al Zadjali, director of the Oman Convention Bureau, said: “Conference attendees are high on the list of visitors that Oman wishes to attract and we know that they will leave with a positive impression and may return at a future dates with their families, colleagues or friends.”
OCB and OCEC have been working to develop the local association market by encouraging leaders and subject matter experts to bid for the international association conferences in their field.