OCEC, Muscat 27 March 2019
Oman, represented by ORMIS (the Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society), and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Oman Medical Association, the Oman Convention Bureau and the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre has won a bid to host the 30th edition of the International Radiology Congress in October 2020. The International Society of Radiology, the only official partner of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Radiology, selected Oman following a winning presentation in Chicago, USA.
Dr Saqar Al Tai, Secretary General of ORMIS said, “This win reflects the world’s confidence in Oman as an attractive place for hosting international conferences and reflects Oman’s excellent reputation in the global medical community. Radiology is a critical cornerstone of any hospital and medical imaging is indispensable in diagnosing illness. We are excited to host this event in Muscat and look forward to welcoming our international colleagues and experts in 2020”
Khalid Al Zadjali, Director of the Oman Convention Bureau added, “It is expected that more than 1000 experts will attend the congress from all over the globe with many internationally renowned speakers covering the latest advances in radiology. We will ensure that they have the most successful conference ever and we will shower them with our warm Omani hospitality.”
Said al Shanfari CEO of the Oman Convention & Exhibition (OCEC) said, “We are delighted to welcome the International Radiology Conference to OCEC - we know that international conferences bring enormous economic and strategic benefit to Oman. The world-class OCEC has been built to attract and accommodate such events as these. I am pleased to say this will be the 23rd
international conference that we have won in a short time and contributing over OMR 24.5 million (63.5 million USD) to the economy!”
ORMIS was formed in 2009 and one of its aims is to bring all radiologists working in Oman together under one umbrella to facilitate dialogue and exchange ideas. It also allows for sharing standardised protocols and procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic radiology procedures.
Key highlights of the conference will include diagnostic, interventional radiology, radiation protection and the important subject of Artificial Intelligence applications in radiology. There will also be a separate programme within the congress for Radiographers and Radiology Technologists and an exhibition demonstrating the latest technology and equipment in the field of radiology.
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The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre is located in its own fully integrated precinct only four kilometres from Muscat International Airport. The design of the Centre ensures a flow of the meeting spaces to suit the most discerning conference and exhibition organisers. It also incorporates expansive concourse areas to enable ease of large delegations with floor to ceiling windows overlooking landscaped gardens and water features.
The Centre features two tiered auditoriums to seat 3,200 and 450, while the five exhibition halls feature 22,396 square metres of column-free exhibition space. Hall 1 acts as a multi-purpose space for plenary sessions, concerts, performances and gala dinners on a larger scale. Halls 1 & 2 combined can seat over 10,000 seated in theatre-style.
The Centre also includes an additional 20 meeting rooms for 25-360 delegates, Al Irfan Ballroom to seat up to 1,200 guests, Al Ansab Ballroom to seat up to 540 guests for a banquet, 10 hospitality suites, and a VIP Pavilion. In total the Centre offers over 55 meeting space options plus a multi-storey car park with a capacity for 4,000 vehicles.
The Precinct provides the infrastructure necessary to host successful international, regional and local events and is there for the enjoyment of delegates, visitors and the local community. The precinct includes a JW Marriott Hotel (five star) linked to the Convention Centre, Crowne Plaza Hotel (four star). A business park, surrounded by a nature reserve, which is a haven for Oman’s exotic birdlife, together with parklands and a wadi (valley), are also part of this picturesque precinct.
ORMIS Oman Radiology and Molecular Imaging Society, ORMIS, was formed in 2009. Among Its aims is to bring all radiologists working in Oman together under one umbrella to facilitate dialogue and exchange ideas. .It also allows for sharing standardised protocols and procedures for diagnostic and therapeutic radiology procedures. ORMIS also acts as forum for organising national and international conferences and workshops. ORMIS is also a proud and active member of both the International Society of Radiology & the Asian Oceanian Radiology Society and we have applied for ESR Associate Institutional member society.
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About The International Society of Radiology
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