About WCC 2018

Welcome to Dubai and the World Congress Of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2018

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We are delighted to be returning to Dubai for WCC 2018

The World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology & Cardiovascular Health 2018 (WCC 2018) is returning to Dubai to host an outstanding line up of world leaders in cardiology, cardiovascular medicine and health. The 2012 World Congress of Cardiology held in Dubai, saw health professionals participate in over 150 sessions and workshops. Since then Dubai has seen the growth and integration of global scientific and health leadership to meet the new health challenges in the region namely the continuing use of tobacco, the rise of obesity rates and the rise in obesity rates and the corresponding increase in the prevalence of diabetes all contributing to the emerging burden of circulatory diseases.

This is a critical moment in the history of this cardiovascular epidemic when the opportunities for a sustainable impact on CV health has never been greater. That is why WCC 2018 is centred around the World Health Organization (WHO) global goal of reducing premature mortality from cardiovascular disease by 25% by 2025 (25 by 25). The World Heart Federation is delighted and honoured to be returning to Dubai, working in partnership with the Emirates Cardiac Society and the Gulf Heart Association to showcase how the global CV health community is working together to achieve this goal by tackling the burden of cardiovascular disease, prioritizing prevention and ensuring access to innovative treatment.

The shift in focus from high income countries to low and middle income countries is an acknowledgment by the CV community that a global response to the world’s number one killer is needed, to ensure no one is left behind. We welcome to WCC 2018 all those that have critical roles to play in promoting CV health, including cardiologists, general physicians, general practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals, medical students and other health professionals in training.

WCC 2018 organized in partnership with Emirates Cardiac Society and the Gulf Heart Association is the global platform to discuss the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease. Our scientific sessions attracts professional attendees from more than 110 countries. With a focus not only on `cardiology’ but also on `cardiovascular health’, colleagues from the fields of prevention, pediatrics, nursing, internal medicine, interventional medicine, nephrology, endocrinology and public health are encouraged to join these networking and learning forums.

We have made exciting changes to the programme with new topics added to increase the educational offerings available to delegates. WCC 2018 will introduce exciting new ways for delegates to interact. We have outstanding speakers and opportunities to convene global emerging leaders, poised to shape the future of heart health. We will feature workshops, debates, meet the expert sessions as well as reintroduce our very well received World Heart Federation Arena which offers 15 minute presentations, moderated abstract and much more.

Leading the sessions

Professor David Wood

WHF President

WCC 2018 President

Professor Abdulla Shehab

President Emirates Cardiac Society

WCC 2018 President

Important dates

Feb `18
Abstract Submissions Open
Apr` 18
Abstract Submissions Closes
Online Registration Opens

Our partners


Emirates Cardiac Society (ECS) is a non-profit organization comprising of cardiologists within the UAE that work under the umbrella of the Emirates Medical Association.

We aim to establish a strong network for the management, education and research so as to improve the quality of life and longevity, through better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

Our mission is to educate the public and healthcare professionals in reducing the burden of cardiovascular disease in the UAE. The Emirates Cardiac Society promotes health education within the community, raising awareness of health issues amongst the population and establishes strong partnerships with national and international health agencies and establishments.

8 working groups are working under the umbrella of the Emirates Cardiac Society to work on fulfilling our aims and they are leaded by eminent cardiologists in UAE: Intervention Working Group, Cardiac Surgery Working Group, Heart Failure, Prevention group, Pediatric and Congenital, EPS, Imaging, Acute cardiac care group.

For more information email adminoffice@ecsociety.com or visit www.ecsociety.com


The Gulf Heart Association (GHA) is a leading not-for-profit, non-governmental regional organization that was Established in January 2002 to help combat heart disease in the region. There are 7 cardiac societies under the GHA umbrella, from Qatar, Kuwait, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen and Bahrain.

GHA has been very active in promoting and sponsoring research among its members. It has established and sponsored more than 7 regional registries studying issues like acute coronary syndromes, atrial fibrillation, quality of care, familial hypercholesterolemia and acute and chronic heart failure. In addition, GHA has developed strong ties with international cardiac societies including the European Society of Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. These ties have translated into exchange of speakers and joint sessions during the societies’ conferences. GHA is very active in organizing scientific cardiology and cardiovascular surgery meetings, workshops and conferences to educate and spread scientific information amongst cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, and other cardiovascular specialties in the region.

The main aim and objective of GHA is to improve the quality of cardiac care in the GCC states through its various activities.

The major aims of the association are:

  • Raising the standard of cardiac care in the GCC states
  • Conduct scientific conferences and symposia
  • Carry on scientific research on cardiovascular diseases
  • Publish professional periodicals and information. The GHA has an official website and a journal, Heart Views.
  • Create professional, educational, and social ties among members of GHA
  • Create links and cooperation locally and with international medical institutions and professional societies
  • The GHA hopes to establish criteria for GCC cardiovascular specialist to meet high standards of competence and expertise
  • The GHA seeks to suggest laws to be adopted by GCC countries for the prevention of cardiac disease and advance the care of patients with heart disease

In addition there are various working groups which work in their respective fields for the advancement of the cardiology profession.

Currently there are 4 working groups:

  • Fetal Heart Working Group
  • Intervention Working Group
  • Gulf Heart Rhythm Society
  • Lipid Working Group

For more information on GHA please visit www.gulfheart.org