Bariatric Times

MAY 2018

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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18 Symposium Preview Bariatric Times • May 2018 health member from each of the five IFSO chapters who have demonstrated commitment through accomplishment and show strong potential for meaningful careers in obesity-related specialties. DUBAI AS A DESTINATION Located on the Arabian Peninsula, Dubai is a prime meeting place at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and a global hub for trade, commerce, knowledge exchange, and innovation. Dubai has transformed itself into a buzzing international metropolis and has embraced people from over 200 nationalities who live and work in Dubai. Dubai's central location makes it one of the busiest travel hubs in the world, and Dubai International Airport is ranked first in the world for international passenger traffic with over 7,000 weekly flights. The organizer of IFSO 2018 has proudly appointed Emirates Airline as the official airline partner. Emirates Airline has excellent connections to all six continents with more than 150 destinations worldwide. The participants will receive a 10-percent discount on regular fares when they book their tickets from the Emirates Airline website. Dubai has a diverse range of premium, standard, and budget hotels offering services that cater to all needs and budgets. There are close to 700 hotels in the Emirate, together offering more than 100,000 rooms. Current estimates show that a total of 134,000 rooms are expected by the end of 2018. Moreover, Dubai has a politically stable environment and is a safe city for citizens, residents, and visitors alike. According to Interpol, Dubai is one of the safest cities in the world in terms of crimes and health, providing reassurance for IFSO participants. CONGRESS VENUE The congress venue, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) is centrally located within the business hub of Dubai amid the city's iconic landmarks. The city's premier venue and destination welcomes 2.74 million visitors to Dubai each year. DICEC has over 120,000m 2 of exhibition and meeting space and is only a 10-minute drive or a Metro Red line ride from the airport. In addition, many hotels in Dubai offer high quality and sizeable meeting space. FUNDING: No funding was provided. DISCLOSURES: The author is the current president of IFSO. AUTHOR AFFILIATION: Dr. Himpens is an associate professor, université libre de Bruxelles Chief, bariatric-metabolic department CHIREC Delta hospital in Brussels, Belgium. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jacques Himpens, MD, PhD; Email: BT IFSO 2018 Committees President: Jacques Himpens Congress President: Dr. Ali Khammas Core Committee • Dr. Ali Khammas • Dr. Faruq M. Badiuddin • Dr. Abdelrahman Nimeri • Dr. Basim Alkhafaji • Dr. Salman Sabah • Dr. Abdul Wahid AlWahidi • Prof. Karl Miller • Dr. Aayed Al Qahtani • Dr. Essa Muallemi Scientific Organizing Committee • Dr. Ali Khammas • Dr. Abdelrahman Nimeri • Dr. Faruq M. Badiuddin • Dr. Aayed Al Qahtani • Prof. Karl Miller • Prof. Jacques Himpens • Prof. Almino Ramos • Prof. Miguel Herrera • Ms. Mary O'Kane • Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala • Dr. Camilo Boza • Prof. Wendy Brown • Ms. Tracy Martinez • Assoc. Prof. John Morton • Prof. Jean Marc Chevallier IS YOUR BARIATRIC CENTER ACCREDITED? UNIQUE? The Bariatric Times Bariatric Center Spotlight is dedicated to featuring accrediated bariatric centers around the world, with a focus on their facilities, staff, statistics, processes, technology, and patient care. • Highlight your center today and share your best practices, unique programs, and more with the bariatric community. • Reprints with customization available—perfect for waiting rooms or office display! • Program must be accredited through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) in order to be considered for publication. • Contact Angela Saba at for information on how to be featured in an upcoming installment of the Bariatric Center Spotlight.

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