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May 19, 2009

Opthalmology congress sees success in Bahrain

MEACO honours BECA executive for leading event organisation


The 10th Middle East African Council of Ophthalmology (MEACO) international congress was hailed a huge success when it took place at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre from March 26-30.


The biennial event, held in collaboration with the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, the International Council of Ophthalmology and the Bahrain Ophthalmological Association, was declared the best organised of any congress undertaken by the council.


The MEACO event was the first-ever international medical association congress won by Bahrain. The event welcomed more than 2,000 high-spending medical professionals and saw over 500 international speakers providing educational programmes.


More than 120 companies were represented at the technical exhibition which encompassed 2,200 square metres of exhibit space, a 50 percent increase from the 9th MEACO Congress and Exhibition held in Dubai in 2007. Highlights of the event included two live surgery sessions which were transmitted from the Salmaniya Medical Complex to the congress venue.


MEACO honoured Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, deputy CEO of Bahrain Exhibition & Convention Authority (BECA), with a personal award for exemplary service for leading the BECA team.


"In the many years we have spent organising the biennial international MEACO Congress throughout the Middle East and Africa, BECA is the only organisation we have come across which would say ‘yes’ to all our requests," said Dr Abdul Aziz Al Rajhi, president of MEACO. "BECA has gone above and beyond our expectations for a venue partner. We thank both Debbie and BECA for enabling our continued success."


"We are honoured to receive such a high level of recognition from MEACO, one of the world's most prominent ophthalmic societies," said Stanford-Kristiansen. "Customer satisfaction is of the highest importance to BECA, and to receive an award that rewards our commitment to quality, logistics support and industry leadership is very satisfying and demonstrates not only our achievements - but also that of Bahrain's - in these areas."


BECA assigned a team of events, licensing, operations and public relations staff from within the authority dedicated to addressing MEACO's requirements 24/7. In addition, BECA's strategic alliance with Gulf Air enabled it to secure special discounted rates for MEACO and its delegates.

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