The MENA region’s largest medical laboratory expo showcasing cutting-edge technology, the 22nd edition of Medlab Middle East is being held under the theme ‘Paving the way to pioneering laboratory knowledge’. Over 20,000 are expected to attend the four-day event from 6th to 9th February at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

This year’s Medlab Middle East has witnessed a 100% increase in exhibitors from 40 countries, totalling over 700. These exhibitors will showcase the latest and most innovative technologies in the laboratory industry. In addition to the exhibits, there will be more than 130 regional and international speakers from 12 Continuous Medical Education (CME) conferences, delivering keynote speeches, scientific lectures, and industry briefings.

Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed emphasised the significance of hosting Medlab Middle East as Dubai aims to establish one of the world’s premier healthcare sectors aligning with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the best city to live and work in.

In accordance with the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, the city strives to constantly improve as a venue for international events where industry leaders can come together to address major health challenges facing humanity, Sheikh Mansoor noted.

Sheikh Mansoor toured the venue accompanied by Helal Saeed Al Marri, Chairman of DWTC. During his tour, Sheikh Mansoor visited the German and Chinese country pavilions and the stands of Abbott, bioMérieux, One Health, Beckman Coulter, and Randox. H.H. was briefed on the evolution of the conference over the years and the latest technology on display at this year’s event.

The Medlab Middle East Congress, with 13 conferences, is the largest CME-accredited multi-track medical laboratory congress globally, offering insights and solutions to enhance laboratory capabilities. With over 130 local and international speakers and over 5,000 conference delegates expected, it features eight core lab conference tracks, along with four new additions covering Point of Care Testing (POCT), Tech Advances and Clinical Impact, New Trends in Laboratory Medicine, Quality Management in the Lab, and Sustainability in the Lab.

Tom Coleman, Exhibition Director for Informa Markets, commented on the opening of Medlab Middle East, saying: “Over the next four days, top players in the laboratory industry will converge in the UAE to network and conduct business while exploring the latest technological advancements in the sector. The Medlab brand is well established and recognised globally as a market leader in the industry.”

Coleman continued: “Our goal has always been to lead the laboratory industry. With Medlab’s growth in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, we are realising this vision. We have created a platform for in-depth discussions, peer-to-peer networking, and learning, allowing attendees to gain knowledge and insights from expert analysis.”

The opening day of Medlab Middle East featured new elements that align with the theme of advanced technology and sustainability in the laboratory. The Sustainability in the Clinical Lab conference started with opening speeches discussing how labs can adopt environmentally-friendly practices and reduce their environmental impact. The conference also touched on diversity and inclusion in the workforce and provided a roadmap for establishing a culture of sustainability in GCC clinical labs.

Today, the Lab Sustainability Awards winners will be announced, honouring laboratories for their efforts towards sustainability aligned with one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Medlab Middle East will feature the debut of Labpreneur, showcasing the most innovative medical laboratory startups from around the world addressing unmet challenges and transforming the lab industry. The winner will be announced on the final day, Thursday, 9th February.