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The 31st International Congress of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy - 4th Gulf Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Disease (ICC-GCCMID) is being held in the Gulf Region for the first time.

ISAC is delighted to partner with the Saudi Society for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (SSMMID) which organises the Gulf Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (GCCMID). The Co-Chairs of the congress are ISAC's President, Prof. Po-Ren Hsueh from Taiwan and Prof. Adel Alothman from Saudi Arabia.

The scientific programme brings together world and regional leaders in infectious diseases, antimicrobial chemotherapy, infection control and clinical microbiology.

We look forward to welcoming you to the 31st ICC - 4th GCCMID!


The deadline to apply for ISAC Travel Grants to attend the 31st ICC - 4th GCCMID has now passed. We will be in contact with applicants once all abstracts have been assessed. Good luck!

ISAC member society applicants who submit an abstract and are under 35 years old are invited to apply for an ISAC Travel Grant. Successful applicants will receive 1,000 USD towards travel to Dubai and hotel accommodation as well as free congress registration. See the website for more details


Programme Highlights

Plenary Lectures

 Keynote Lectures

Symposium Topics

Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) Incorporating Biomarkers and Novel Technologies into Clinical Practice Intra-abdominal Sepsis and Complicated Intra-abdominal Infections (cIAI) Update
One-Health: Microbes at Human and Animal Interface Invasive Fungal infections Improving Antibiotic Use in Intensive Care Units
Travel Medicine and Vaccination Getting your Paper Published: What you Need to Know as an Author New Rapid Diagnostics Helps Antibiotic Stewardship
Updates on Hepatitis  Meningococcal Infections and their prevention  Hand Hygiene: Myth or Masterwork?
 Infectious Screening of Patients Receiving Biological Agents  Viral Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts  Hot Topics in Respiratory Infection
 Paediatric Infectious Diseases  Mycobacteria tuberculosis – Update  C. difficille Colitis
 HIV Update  Optimising the Clinical Use of Polymyxins: From Bench to Bed  Optimising the Clinical Use of Polymyxins: From Bench to Bed
 Candida auris  Omic Analysis of MDR Bacteria  Hot Topics on Infectious Diseases in the Tropics

 View the full scientific programme here!

Top Five Reasons to Visit Dubai

The Burj Khalifa
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building:
• It is nearly twice as high as the Empire State Building and 3 times higher than the Eiffel Tower.
• Laid end to end, its pieces stretch over a quarter of the way around the world.
• The Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the world, it’s also home to the highest observation deck, swimming pool, elevator, restaurant, and fountain in the world.
• It is designed to resemble the Hymenocallis flower, a dessert flower.
• The elevator travels at 65 kmph and takes approximately one minute to reach the observation deck on the 124th floor.
• The sphere’s tip of the Burj Khalifa can be seen from up to 95km away.
• Tom Cruise didn’t use a stunt double when he scaled the Burj Khalifa in the film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Desert Activities
A desert safari is one of the best ways to explore the sprawling deserts of Dubai:
• Take an early evening safari to watch the picturesque sunset.
• Quad bike over ‘Big Red’ – Dubai’s 91-metre sand dune – and sandboard down it.
• Camp under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp and enjoy a range of Arabian food.
• Go camel trekking.
• Experience a variety of entertainment including whirling dervish performances and fire dancing shows.

Dubai’s 96 malls offer more than just a shopping experience:
• Dubai Mall has over 1200 shops, 150 restaurants and an Olympic-sized ice rink.
• Dubai Mall is also home to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. It is home to 33,000 marine animals from crocodiles to sharks to tropical fish.
• Ski Dubai, located in the Mall of the Emirates, is an indoor ski resort the size of three football pitches. Guests can ski, snowboard and toboggan in temperatures of -1 degrees.
• The Dubai Fountain at Dubai Mall is the world’s tallest choreographed fountain system and offers a captivating, music and light experience.
• Dubai Festival City Mall offers spectacular light shows in the late evening and provides striking views of Dubai Creek.

Heritage and Culture
Dubai is filled with historical treasures, museums and heritage areas that take you on a journey to the past:
• The Al Fahidi Historical District is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Dubai which offers a nostalgic view of a bygone era with traditional wind towers and a maze of winding alleyways.
• Learn of Dubai’s Bedouin and pearl-trading past in a visit to Heritage Village and Dubai Museum in the historic Al Fahidi Fort.
• Visiting mosques in Dubai is the best way to learn about Islamic traditions and architecture.
• Take a ride across the Dubai Creek on an abra – a traditional a boat made of wood – to visit the city’s souks / markets.
• In Dubai’s numerous traditional souks, you can find everything from spices to hand-woven textiles to gold to organic fruit and vegetables.

Family Friendly
With a range of activities / experiences on offer, Dubai is very family-friendly:
• Dubai has many theme parks including Dubai Parks and Resorts which consists three theme parks – Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Legoland.
• Beat the heat at one of Dubai’s waterparks – Aquaventure Waterpark has zip lines and slides through shark-filled lagoons.
• Global Village is an open-air festival park that combines world culture, entertainment and shopping. It opens in November – just in time for ICC-GCCMID!
• There are over 16,000 eateries and with influences from around the world, there is something for everyone – from celebrity restaurants to Emirate cuisine to street food.
• Dubai is home to some of the best beaches in the UAE that are known for their stunning views. There are a variety of activities / experiences on offer from water sports to camel-riding to an outdoor cinema to trampolining to a vending library.
• Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden which includes a 18m high floral sculpture of Mickey Mouse.


Previous ICCs

Below are some highlights from the 30th ICC in Taipei, Taiwan in 2017.


For a list of all other previous ICCs, click HERE.