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History of the ArLAR

The Arab league of Associations for Rheumatology (ArLAR) was founded on 29 March 1995 under the name of Pan Arab Society of Rheumatic Diseases. ArLAR main objectives are to strengthen relations between the Rheumatologists in the Arab countries, keep abreast of the global medical development, promote the rising health awareness among the Arab peoples, and contribute to the global scientific movement.

Rheumatologists representatives of the Arab countries met on the sidelines of the 2nd Pan Arab Rheumatology Congress held in Cairo, March 28-31, 1995, coming up with the formation of the Pan Arab Society of Rheumatic Diseases. The Society issued several journals and publications. It held ten successful congresses the first of which was held in Rabat, Morocco, in 1981, before the establishment of the Society, and nine congresses were held following its foundation.

At the 11th  Pan Arab Rheumatology Congress, which was held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, the name of the Society was changed to the "Arab League Against Rheumatism" (ArLAR) at the initiative of the Emirates Society for Rheumatology (ESR), a positive step coming in line with regional and international leagues and societies. 3 congresses held in Dubai-UAE - January 2014, Marrakech, Morocco – March 2016 and Muscat, Oman – February 2018.


To be the regional professional league for rheumatology recognized internationally.


  • to represent Arab Rheumatologists,

  • to promote the pursuit of excellence in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease care,

  • to enhance education and research among the Arab countries,

  • to increase professional comradeship between Arab Rheumatologists and worldwide,

  • to boost research and training with the aim of improving the health of patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

  • to enhance professional development and leadership in health policy.

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