Marking an important addition to the sultanate’s congress calendar, Muscat has been chosen to host the World Cancer Congress (WCC) in 2020.
A major international cancer control forum, the summit brings together around 4,000 renowned cancer and health professionals to share the latest successful interventions in prevention, diagnosis and care, as well as supportive and palliative care. Held every two years, this will be the first time since the event’s inception in 1933 that it will take place in the Arabian Gulf.
The Oman Cancer Association, the National Oncology Centre at the Royal Hospital Muscat, as well as Oman Convention Bureau and Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) joined forces to submit the high-quality successful bid.
Dr. Wahid Al Kharusi, FRCS, 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’. The World Health Organisation predicts that incidence of cancer in the Middle East will double by 2030, so felt it was crucial to keep raising awareness of the disease, especially across GCC countries and Africa.”
Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of Oman Convention Bureau, added:“This is a great success story for Oman and the new Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as it demonstrates that our country is a strong contender when it comes to securing international events.
“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. In addition, the government is very supportive of the initiative, and traditionally Omanis are very hospitable.”
Trevor McCartney, General Manager of OCEC, also welcomed the conference, he said:“We are very excited to host such a renowned international event at the Oman Conference 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.”