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Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA
Orthopaedic World Conference

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

28-30 November 2012

Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre

SICOT thanks you for your participation in Dubai OWC 2012 and looks forward to welcoming you again in Hyderabad, India!

Message from the Conference President

I would like to welcome you to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the host city for the 33rd SICOT and 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference. We are working hard to provide a conference that covers the latest advances in orthopaedic and trauma care as well as other exciting events for your entertainment and leisure. Thanks to Dubai’s excellent infrastructure, tourism options and a host of other facilities, this conference makes for an experience that will be extremely rewarding for all attending delegates.

About 2,500 abstracts from all over the globe were submitted to our conference, which shows the great interest of the entire orthopaedic surgeon community in this event. It is also worth mentioning that this broke the record of the number of abstracts submitted to any SICOT meeting in the past.

In this 3 full-day conference to be held from 28 to 30 November 2012, there will be:

  • 4 plenary lectures which will be given by Freddie Fu, Gamal Hosny, Chitranjan Ranawat, and C. Niek van Dijk;
  • 11 instructional courses covering sports injuries, polytrauma, fractures, arthroscopies, failed back, paediatrics, joint replacements, and so on;
  • 31 symposiums covering many aspects of orthopaedics and trauma;
  • 670 free papers along with 927 e-poster presentations.

We are pleased to announce that other orthopaedic societies will be joining our meeting including the AO Foundation, AAOS, ARTOF, ASAMI, GCCOA, IFPOS, IGASS, SOFCOT, WHO, and WOC.

On 27 November 2012, a day before the conference starts, an Educational Day has been planned. This year the topic will be orthopaedic problems related to the knee. On the same day, the oral part of the SICOT Diploma Examination will also be held.

Dubai’s geographical location makes it easily accessible from all over the world. Direct flights are available from every continent. More than 120 airlines connect Dubai to over 200 destinations with most flights from Europe, Asia, the Indian subcontinent and parts of Africa lasting less than six hours. Individuals of more than 130 different nationalities call Dubai home. This has resulted in a city that is cosmopolitan in nature and rich in culture. This coupled with a multitude of ultra-modern and exciting shopping malls and golf courses result in a dining and entertainment experience like no other. As the conference will be hosted towards the end of November, when the weather in the Middle East is at its best, delegates will be able to experience some of the best sporting and leisure facilities in the world. Dubai is also the home of the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa, an iconic building representing the innovation and architectural vision that the emirate is famous for.

All of these factors culminate in providing a conference that will be extremely memorable for all who attend.

Hashem Al Khatib
Conference President



Tuesday, 27 November

2nd SICOT Educational Day / 18th SICOT Trainees Meeting
Diploma Examination (oral part)
Golf Tournament


Wednesday, 28 November

Scientific Sessions
Instructional Courses
Opening Ceremony & Welcome Buffet

Thursday, 29 November

Charity Run
Scientific Sessions
Instructional Courses 
Conference Party

Friday, 30 November

Scientific Sessions
Instructional Courses
Closing Ceremony

Partner Societies


Scientific Programme

  • EACCME credits
    The 'Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference' is designated for a maximum of (or 'for up to') 24 hours of European external CME credits. Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. 
  • Peer Reviewers
    Special thanks go to those members of the Scientific Board who kindly gave their time to review the abstracts submitted for the Conference.  

2nd SICOT Educational Day / 18th SICOT Trainees Meeting

The SICOT Educational Day is an initiative undertaken by the SICOT Young Surgeons Committee. The theme chosen for 2012 was 'The Knee'. Great teachers from around the world were brought together to lecture on their area of expertise.

Instructional Courses 

Diploma Examination

The tenth SICOT Diploma Examination took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, 26 November (written part) and Tuesday, 27 November 2012 (oral part).

Application and registration deadline: 29 February 2012


Social Programme

  • Social Programme
    Read more about the Opening Ceremony & Welcome Buffet and Conference Party.

Sports Programme

Congress Solutions International (CSI), based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been appointed as the official local professional congress organiser for the Combined 33rd SICOT & 17th PAOA Orthopaedic World Conference. For more information about the following services, please contact:

Congress Solutions International
Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 7631 Dubai | UAE

Tel.: +971 4 303 4761
Fax: +971 4 303 4030


Special room rates have been secured for groups and individual delegates: (opens in new window)


When booking your hotel accommodation through CSI, the entire arrival and visa process will be expedited by CSI, thus saving you time and enabling you to stay productive as you travel. (opens in new window)

Meet & Greet and Transfers

A unique Meet & Greet airport service for comfortable, reliable and hassle-free travel to or from Dubai International Airport. A new and modern fleet of private cars and buses to move your guests from one point to another.


Discover and extend the memorable experience of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates through unique tours and excursions: (opens in new window)


The SICOT Conference Secretariat cannot issue visa letters for the United Arab Emirates. Click on the link above to find out who the valid sponsors are.

Exhibition & Sponsorship

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to promote your products and services to leading international orthopaedic surgeons, traumatologists and specialists in related fields.

Please contact Lina Salvati for any questions regarding the exhibition:

Lina Salvati
Linsa Inc. (Canada)
Tel.: +1 514 924 3476 / +1 450 458 1696 
Skype: ripley9423

Dates & Deadlines

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 Abstract submission deadline
Wednesday, 2 May 2012 Notification of abstract acceptance/refusal
Thursday, 31 May 2012 Changing the presenting author of an abstract
Thursday, 31 May 2012 Registration and payment deadline for presenting authors
Thursday, 21 June 2012 E-poster upload links sent to registered presenting authors
Sunday, 15 July 2012 Early registration deadline
Monday, 15 October 2012 Normal registration deadline
Saturday, 10 November 2012 Late registration deadline

Contact Information

Conference Secretariat 

SICOT aisbl
Rue Washington 40 - b.9
1050 Brussels | Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 648 68 23
Fax: +32 2 649 86 01
Skype: sicot.hq

Commercial Agent

Lina Salvati
Linsa Inc.
Tel.: +1 514 924 3476 /
        +1 450 458 1696
Skype: ripley9423

Accommodation/Tours Agent

Congress Solutions International
Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 7631 Dubai | UAE

Tel.: +971 4 303 4761
Fax: +971 4 303 4030

Please visit this page regularly for updated information on Dubai OWC 2012