The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman will host the 2019 SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) Orthopaedic World Congress in association with the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Society (PAOS).
The SICOT World Congress is held annually and attracts up to 3000 delegates including leading surgeons, clinicians and researchers from all over the world. Since its inception in 1929, the SICOT World Congress has organised 37 international congresses across the world. Oman successfully competed against Budapest, Brussels and Belgrade at a bid presentation during this year's congress in Rome.
The bid presentation was presented by Dr. Mohammed Darwish from Oman and was supported by the Ministry of Health with a video interview by the Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Saidi.
Dr. Mohammed Darwish, President of the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Association said: “We are honoured that Oman has been chosen to host the 2019 World Congress of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery. We look forward to warmly welcoming our international colleagues from around the world, showcasing our recent regional research developments and industry insights within orthopaedics and traumatology. We’re excited to meet with medical stakeholders to exchange valuable ideas and strengthen our scientific skills and knowledge. Oman’s submission through the Pan Arab Orthopaedic Society’s collaboration with OCEC provides a truly unique offering for what will be an exceptional 2019 World Congress.”
Professor Jochen Eulert, SICOT Secretary General, commented: “On behalf of the 2019 World Congress of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery, I welcome Oman’s submission, which is the first time the Sultanate has placed a bid to host our annual congress. I personally visited Oman during the bid process and believe the delegates will enjoy experiencing the rich authentic heritage and culture that Oman has to offer.”
Trevor McCartney, General Manager, OCEC added: “We are delighted that SICOT has chosen Oman and OCEC as the host venue for the 2019 World Congress. With OCEC, Oman has a contemporary venue that provides an array of meeting and exhibition possibilities, which surpass the needs and demands of the world's biggest and most prestigious events – all framed within Omani culture and traditions. OCEC is part of the new Madinat al Irfan urban centre in Muscat, which is a mixed-use development owned by Omran, Oman’s master developer in the tourism sector.”
Upcoming congresses leading up to the 2019 edition in Oman are in Cape Town (2017) and Montreal (2018). The previous congresses took place in Rome (2016) and Guangzhou, China (2015).