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Whilst putting the health and safety of WONCA members, attendees, faculty, partners, and staff as our top priority, we closely monitored the updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and worked with all stakeholders involved in exploring possible options. We also examined on-going global implications as well as international travel and public gathering restrictions.

It has become increasingly clear that it will not be possible to proceed with an in-person physical WONCA World conference in Abu Dhabi in November 2020, as planned. It has therefore been decided by the Organizing Committee in consultation with WONCA World Council, that the WONCA World Conference 2020 – Abu Dhabi, will be postponed to 2021.

The new dates at the same venue (ADNEC – Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) for WONCA 2021 will be 21st to 23rd November 2021 for Council meetings and 25th to 28th November 2021 for the World conference.

The conference planning, local host and international scientific committees remain devoted to bringing together the worlds family doctors to learn the latest from one another, and continue to work hard to produce the biggest and best WONCA conference ever, and we looked forward very much to welcoming you all to our region in 2021 and being able to showcase our facilities and PHC system – as well as offering WONCA a conference never to be forgotten.

We would also like to express our sincere appreciation for the continued support and understanding of all our partners and friends from around the world and look forward to welcome you and other colleagues next year in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.