His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai Health Authority inaugurated the 21st edition of the UAE International Dental Conference and Arab Dental Exhibition (AEEDC Dubai) which was held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from February 7 to 9 this year.
The conference agenda included more than 170 lectures delivered by 150 speakers covering various topics that included endodontics, infection control, laser in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral implantology, oral pathology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry and restorative dentistry. It featured a number of new first-time scientific activities like the Digital Dentistry Society Symposium; the Oral / Dental Hygiene Symposium; the Conventional vs. Innovative Restorative Strategies Symposium, and the Emerging Speakers Session. AEEDC Dubai 2017 also featured the GCC Preventive Dentistry Conference; the Advanced Specialty Courses, 16 specialized courses & workshops; the Poster and Oral Presentations; the Global Scientific Dental Alliance Meeting; and the AEEDC Dubai Awards.
The event was officially supported by the Global Scientific Dental Alliance, the Arab Dental Federation, Executive Board of the Health Ministers Council for Gulf Cooperation Council States, GCC Oral Health Committee, Riyadh Colleges of Dentistry and Pharmacy, Arab Academy for Continuing Dental Education, and International Association for Orthodontics-IAO.
The 14th Global Scientific Dental Alliance (GSDA) Meeting on the second day of the Conference gathered more than 130 representatives and directors of dental associations from more than 92 countries. The meeting was presided by Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani the Executive Chairman of AEEDC Dubai Conference and Exhibition and the GSDA; Prof. Abdullah Al Shammery, Scientific Consultant of the Executive Board of Council for the Health Ministers of the GCC States and the Scientific Chairman Global Scientific Dental Alliance; Dr. Nasser Al-Malik, Scientific Chairman of AEEDC Dubai; and Dr. Tariq Khoory, Honorary Chairman of AEEDC Dubai and a number of other dignitaries.
When Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani welcomed all the new and existing members to the 14th Global Scientific Dental Alliance Meeting, he said: “We are always keen to introduce new and innovative dentistry courses in our scientific agenda every year. Our goal behind the Global Scientific Dental Alliance is to shed more light on the latest scientific researches and then share it with the biggest amount of specialists and students.”
Prof. Abdullah Al Shammery said: “We are very proud this year with the increasing number of participants from the region and world, which will encourage us to book a bigger hall next year for this meeting. The GSDA meeting is considered a great scientific meeting held annually to discuss the latest scientific researches and put forward new innovative ideas and recommendations to improve the scientific program for AEEDC Dubai in the coming editions, as it attracts top-notch academia, officials, and thought-leaders in this field from all over the world.”
AEEDC 2017 also featured the usual exhibition where RCsDP had its own booth organized by Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Shammery and Dr. Abdulrahman Al Saffan. The RCsDP booth offered brochures and full details about the Master of Science in Dentistry, Master of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharm. D. Certificate, and the Higher Diploma in Implant Dentistry. It also offered details related to the three Continuing Education Courses offered at RCsDP this year. These are the 4th Smile, Design and Veneers; the 2nd Advanced Endodontic Training; and the 10th Basic Surgical Training.
The GCC dental education session saw RCsDP’s own Professor Abdullah R. Al Shammery, Rector; Dr. Jamal AlSanea, Dean of the RCsDP College of Dentistry (Female); Prof. Hezekiah Mosadomi, Director of the RCsDP Research Center; chairing or co-chairing the sessions. This new AEEDC activity also featured presentation of various papers by Professor Abdullah R. Al Shammery; Dr. Jamal AlSanea; Prof. Hezekiah Mosadomi; Dr. Sharat Pani, Assistant Director of the RCsDP Research Center; Dr. Deema ALShammery; and Dr. Mohammad Al Rafee, Faculty – all from RCsDP.