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It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to the first GCC Rheumatology Conference on 8-9 March 2019. It is an honor to have this valued event hosted in Kuwait.
The Gulf region has been a rich pool for scientific and clinical skills held by highly qualified rheumatologists in high standard institutions. Despite that, a suboptimal number of their achievements reach light.
We aim in this meeting at sharing the local experience of the six GCC countries and enlighten their accomplishments in the rheumatology field. That includes local researches and clinical experience in both the adult and the paediatric fields.
We also hope that this meeting will attract young rheumatologists and inspire them for a more glorying and a professional work in the GCC region. Furthermore, such a regional meeting aims at reinforcing the bonding between the rheumatologists in the Gulf region.
The conference is held over two days and it includes various eminent speakers from the Gulf region, with a couple of social events integrated in to the program.
I wish the first GCC rheumatology conference will provide a unique opportunity to exchange scientific and clinical experience and that it will be a first step toward a productive future and to a series of events down the road.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Kuwait, a splendid country with a remarkable history, museums, various enjoyable activities, and a variety of great restaurants with delicious food.
I welcome you all and I hope it will be a fruitful meeting.
Dr. Adeeba Abdulla Al-Herz
MD, FRCPC, FACP
Chair of 1st GCC Rheumatology Conference
President of Kuwait Association of Rheumatology (KAR)