The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) have announced that Dubai will be the venue for the prestigious Human Genome Meeting in 2011, organized by the Human Genome Organisation.
The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies (CAGS) have announced that Dubai will be the venue for the prestigious Human Genome Meeting in 2011, organized by the Human Genome Organisation. The selection of Dubai for hosting this conference follows the presentation of a competitive bid for the same by a team from Dubai, consisting of members of CAGS, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), and the Dubai Convention Bureau (DCB).
The Human Genome Meeting is a series of annual conferences organized by the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) with an aim to update and increase knowledge in the ever-evolving field of human genome research, and is considered a major event for both renowned scientists and young investigators. This will be the first time that the HGM will be held in an Arab country.
HGM 2011 will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), which has served as a gateway for international businesses in the Middle East for over three decades. Mr. Helal Saeed Khalfan Al Marri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre explains: "DWTC is proud to play a role in enhancing Dubai's international position as a major hub for large scale meetings and events. Apart from the huge short-term direct benefit to the economy, hosting international congresses has an even greater long-term indirect impact. They increase Dubai's profile as a centre of excellence within this specialized knowledge-based sector and play a significant role in attracting multinational companies to Dubai which spurs direct foreign investment to the local medical industry".
In addition to the HGM, HUGO has further plans to collaborate with CAGS. According to Dr. Ghazi Tadmouri, Assistant Director, CAGS, "Of special interest is the organization of the 3rd Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference in Dubai in late 2009. The conference will be concurrently held with a HUGO symposium on genomics and hereditable disorders, which would also involve international organizations, including the World Health Organization."
Jerad Bachar, Director, Dubai Convention Bureau further emphasizes: "The 2011 Human Genome Congress is a large accomplishment for Dubai. To have the leaders from all aspects of genetic sciences in Dubai is a great honor. This goal has been obtained through continuing partnership and collaboration with The Centre for Arab Genomic Studies and the Dubai World Trade Center. We look forward to a successful endeavor for this congress."