WCPT President Emma Stokes (right) announces the Emirates Physiotherapy Society's successful bid to host the WCPT Congress 2021 in Dubai. Photo: Eyad Zerba

WCPT Congress 2021 to be held in Dubai

The WCPT Congress 2021 will be held in Dubai, hosted by the Emirates Physiotherapy Society.

WCPT President Emma Stokes announced the news today, congratulating the Emirates Physiotherapy Society on their successful bid to host the Congress.

After a competitive bidding process and site visits, the WCPT Board agreed that the Emirates Physiotherapy Society, who have been a WCPT member since 2007, offer an exciting and distinctive Congress location.

“The Emirates Physiotherapy Society are uniquely located, and Dubai offers the chance for the global physical therapy community to meet in a destination that links Europe, Asia and Africa,” says Emma.

“Once again, like in Cape Town, we are inviting the global community to join us in a part of the world we have not visited before for Congress. A first for the gulf states, we congratulate the Emirates Physiotherapy Society on their successful bid, and look forward to learning and sharing all we can.”

“The Emirates Physiotherapy Society are pleased and proud to have been chosen to host the WCPT Congress 2021,” says EPS President Amal Alshamlan.

“It has been a strategic goal for the society, aligned with government strategy, to bring such a prestigious event to Dubai. The Congress will bring incredible value to the physiotherapy profession in the UAE and regionally. The excitement has started already to build.”

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf. The WCPT Congress will welcome more than 2,000 physical therapists to a city known for its striking skyline and cutting-edge architecture, delivering a world-class scientific programme featuring the latest research, innovations and debate.

The WCPT Congress is now held every two years. Following one of the most successful Congresses in Cape Town, 2017, the 2019 Congress will be held in Geneva 10-13 May.

In 2016 the WCPT Congress 2015 was recognised for excellence, winning Best Association Conference at the Singapore Tourism Awards.

It was recognised again in 2017 with the WCPT Congress in Cape Town winning an Incredible Impacts award for its range of outstanding legacy activities that benefitted Africa and the wider community.

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