It is my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you at the 8th Annual Congress of the Saudi Orthopedic Association, to be held from 8th-10th December, 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Jeddah.
The 2018 Conference will have ICL, symposium, debate sessions, hands-on workshops and video theaters conducted by local and international speakers. This year, we also have speakers from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (APOA), who will provide an international perspective on recent advances in orthopedics among others, although, the conference will cover all orthopedic subspecialties.
Jeddah has been a port and trading city for centuries, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants. Today, it is a major commercial center in Saudi Arabia. It also has many government offices. Jeddah is known in the kingdom for its shopping districts, restaurants and cafes. It also hosts the Jeddah Corniche (waterfront area), which is the largest in the Kingdom with great hotels, beaches and resorts clustered around it. Jeddah is the principal gateway to Mecca and Medina, two of the holiest cities in Islam and popular tourist attractions. Mecca is a 30-minute drive from Jeddah and is home to the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer.
The SOA Annual Conference will provide you with the opportunity to update your knowledge base and learn about the latest innovations in the world of orthopedic surgery. It is also a great place for networking, where you will be able to meet with the leading researchers and professionals in the field, as well as friends and colleagues.
We sincerely hope that you join us for this exemplary forum of science, and also take the time out to explore the astounding beauty of Jeddah.
Looking forward to meeting you there!
President, Saudi Orthopaedic Association