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World Cancer Congress to meet in Gulf for first time

Muscat will host the Union for International Cancer Control’s biennial meeting in 2020

Pictured: The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre will host the 2020 World Cancer Congress

The World Cancer Congress will meet in Oman in 2020 – its first foray into the Arabian Gulf.

The biennial event, run by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), convenes up to 4,000 doctors to share the latest developments around cancer prevention, diagnosis and care.

The Oman Cancer Association - a member of UICC - will host the meeting, following a joint bid with the National Oncology Centre at the Royal Hospital Muscat, the Oman Convention Bureau and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, which is where the event will take place.

Professor Sanchia Aranda, President of UICC, said: “After an extensive evaluation and review of the submitted bids, we are pleased to announce that the city of Muscat, Oman, has been selected to host the 2020 World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit. We appreciate that such bids involve considerable work, and we thank our members and the other applicants for their enthusiasm and commitment to organising such important global cancer control events in the region, in collaboration with UICC.”

Dr Wahid Al Kharusi, President of Oman Cancer Association, said: “The World Cancer Congress aims to strengthen the action and impact of the cancer and the wider health community on national, regional and international levels through a multidisciplinary educational programme and high-calibre attendees. Hence the theme of our bid: ‘Shed Some Light and Make a Difference’.

Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of Oman Convention Bureau, said: “The WCC is a key global forum for knowledge exchange around cancer and hosting it in Muscat will benefit not only Oman but the entire region. Oman has so much to offer, ranging from a brand new world class convention & exhibition centre to attractive hotels, easy access to places of interest and a brand new airport. The government is very supportive of the initiative, and traditionally Omanis are very hospitable.”

Trevor McCartney, General Manager of OCEC, concluded: “We are very excited to host such a renowned international event at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre, winning against other international cities and venues. We now join the ranks of well-established Business Events destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Paris in the list of host cities for the WCC.”

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