About the congress

The World Hospital Congress of the International Hospital Federation (IHF) dates back to 1929, when it was first held in Atlantic City, USA as a biennial event. Since 2015 it has been held annually across the globe.

The Congress is a unique global forum that brings together IHF members and leaders of hospitals, health services, and healthcare organizations to discuss key drivers of national and international policy, management, financial trends and solutions. Through this forum multidisciplinary exchange of knowledge, expertise and experiences are facilitated, together with dialogue on best practices in leadership, management and service delivery.

IHF member organizations have various opportunities to showcase their accomplishments. The event contributes to the enhancement and enrichment of the knowledge and skills of healthcare executives. The delegate make-up reflects the IHF membership which spans more than 50 countries. It is a one-stop shop for those seeking the opportunity and environment in which to engage in a 360-degree learning and knowledge-sharing experience and networking with peers from across the international healthcare community.

The 45th IHF World Hospital Congress is being hosted by the Dubai Health Authority on 9-11 November 2022 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre (DWTC) in the United Arab Emirates. 

The International Hospital Federation

The International Hospital Federation (IHF) is an international not for profit, non-governmental membership organization. Its members are worldwide hospitals and healthcare organizations having a distinct relationship with the provision of healthcare. IHF provides them with a platform for the exchange of knowledge and strategic experience as well as opportunities for international collaborations with different actors in the health sector.

Established in 1929 after the first International Hospital Congress in Atlantic City, USA as the International Hospital Association, it was re-named after the Second World War in 1947. With its Headquarters in Geneva, the IHF is constituted under the Civil Code of Switzerland. The IHF recognizes the essential role of hospitals and health care organizations in providing health care, supporting health services and offering education. Its role is to help international hospitals work towards improving the level of the services they deliver to the population with the primary goal of improving the health of society.


Dubai Health Authority

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was established in June 2007 based on Law No 13 issued by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

DHA focuses on providing services through its healthcare facilities including Latifa, Dubai, Rashid and Hatta Hospital, its primary healthcare centres, medical fitness centres, and specialty centres. 

It also provides complete strategic oversight for the health sector through various sectors including regulation, public health, and health funding.


INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions

INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions is the Professional Congress Organizer of the 45th World Hospital Congress. The company was established in 1991. INDEX is now globally recognized as the leading events company in the UAE and the region. In line with its mission for excellence and continuous development, INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions provides peerless innovative solutions for trade shows and exhibitions organization as well as medical, healthcare, educational, and business events in the UAE and abroad.


Group discounts available