Gulf Obesity Summit and Regional Congress 2018 

19th-20th April, Abu Dhabi- ADNEC 

Achieving the UN targets by 2025


Summary of event

World Obesity will host the first regional obesity congress in the Middle East. The theme is achieveing the UN targets by 2025.

To meet the UN targets for ‘no increase in obesity by 2025’ the region has to invest in effective treatment services and effective prevention measures at local and national level. 

The summit and congress will examine what services will be needed by 2025 and will examine the benefits of different approaches to weight management, weight reduction, and the prevention of weight gain and weight re-gain.  

The agenda will be delivered by renowned regional and international faculty.  This is a two day congress with a mixture of lectures, discussions, symposiums, abstract presentations, posters and exhibition. 


Learning Objectives

By the end of the Summit, participants will understand the policy context for the UN obesity targets, and will understand what this means in practice: this includes the effectiveness of different approaches to managing obesity and the value of preventive interventions that maintain health in the general population and prevent weight re-gain among patients.

Practitioners will gain understanding of how to talk to patients, the treatment options available based on state-of-the art demonstrations of the role of surgical, pharmaceutical, behavioural and other weight management interventions, and will gain insights into the prevention of obesity in the community and the prevention of the complications of obesity in clinical practice.  Topics highly relevant to the Gulf region will be considered, including the best means of promoting physical activity, the complications of dietary interventions in Ramadan, the treatment of adolescents with obesity, and options for weight management during pregnancy.


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/ Target Audience

Healthcare professionals working in clinical practice including: dieticians, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, medical assistants,  nurses, physiotherapists, physical activity specialists, primary care practitioners, obesity medicine specialists and surgeons.


/ Venue

The conference will be held in the ADNEC National Exhibtion Centre

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company 
Khaleej Al Arabi Street 
P.O. Box 5546 
Abu Dhabi 
United Arab Emirates


/ Scientific Programme

You can see the full programme for the congress  here.


/ Abstract Submission 

Call for abstracts...

Submit your abstract here!

Abstract Deadline Extended: Wednesday 28th February


/ Sponsorship and Exhibition

Get involved! There are many opportunities available to help raise your profile to a captive audience.

You can see full details on exhibition and sponsorship  here.

Platinum Sponsor


/ Accommodation, Travel & Visa Information

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Alternatively you may contact the congress secretariat: MCI Middle East, Tel: +971 4 311 6300, E-mail:


SCOPE School Abu Dhabi

Register for our pre-congress SCOPE School in Abu Dhabi, ADNEC on 18 April.

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Scientific Programme Committee:

Dr Abdelrahman Nimeri

H.E. Prof Maha Barakat

Dr Aly Bernard Khalil

Dr Abdulla Al Junaibi

Dr Sareea Al Remeithi

Prof Louise Baur

Dr Shiriki Kumanyika

Dr Abdishakur Abdulle

Dr Ayesha Al Dhaheri

Prof Wael Mahmeed