16 March, 2015

ADNEC Sets Stage for 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Attracting over 3,000 delegates from around the world, the upcoming edition of the

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 16 March, 2015 - Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is gearing up to host the 16th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH 2015), the largest international gathering of tobacco control advocates, policy makers, researchers, public health and clinical experts from 17 - 21 March, 2015.

Attracting over 3,000 delegates from around the world, the upcoming edition of the triennial event will be themed 'Tobacco and Non-Communicable Diseases', and highlight for the first time the risk factors of non-communicable (chronic) diseases associated with tobacco use. The five-day scientific conference will highlight the latest developments in tobacco control and global efforts to reduce tobacco use in all its forms through featuring more than 800 scientific presentations and discussions.

Organised by the Permanent Secretariat of the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in association with the Emirates Cardiac Society, the conference will include symposia, workshops, post-graduate courses, plenary sessions, credit training programmes of Continuing Medical Education (CME), webcasts, and 'Meet the Experts' sessions, among others.  

Sessions at the conference will examine latest advances in science and policy discussions across a range of global tobacco control issues including tobacco control and NCDs, tobacco taxation, health hazards posed by smoking water pipe tobacco, tobacco packaging, ENDS (e-cigarettes), the impact of trade treaties and the voices of tobacco victims, among others.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Acting Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), said: "ADNEC is pleased to host this important international event that will boost our efforts to increase the share of internationally rotating association meetings and specialised conferences in our event portfolio. At ADNEC, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our venue infrastructure towards meeting the requirements and expectations of event organisers, while ensuring the continued success of events organised. Through such measures, we are aiming to enhance the appeal of our venues as the most preferred destinations to host leading local, regional and international meetings and conferences."

The congress will be addressed by an elite group of prominent speakers including Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa, Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland, Margaret Chan, Director General WHO, Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, as well as Michael R Bloomberg, the founder and CEO of Bloomberg L P, among others.

ADNEC offers 133,000 sq m of inter-connected floor space to match the expectations of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with modern facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.6 million people across 327 events in 2014.


Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) is a strategic international venue development and management company. ADNEC's venue portfolio includes one of the most modern exhibition centres in the world: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the UK capital's largest exhibition and conference venue, ExCeL London, and Al Ain Convention Centre in Al Ain. ADNEC creates the ideal environment for Abu Dhabi's rapidly growing events industry. The projects surrounding the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre include: Capital Centre, a mixed-use development of 23 residential, commercial and mixed-use towers adjacent to the exhibition centre; Capital Gate, the iconic 35 storey record-breaking leaning tower that offers 14 storeys of grade A office space along with the 5-star Hyatt Capital Gate hotel; the interconnected four-star Aloft Hotel; and a 20,000sqm waterfront quayside (Marina).  The company also owns Aloft London which is adjacent to ExCeL London.   

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