This is the first time ISAM is being held in Gulf region, in the vibrant city of Abu Dhabi. We invite you all to come and enjoy the Arab hospitality and the start of the art science of addiction. ISAM 2017 promises to be a wonderful cultural and scientific exchange. New frontiers is the focus of the meeting where recent scientific discoveries in the field of addiction will be highlighted, as well as challenges facing the Middle East as it confronts the new reality of addiction among its youth. The scientific presentations will be mixed between global and local issues so that the exchange of knowledge will be effortless and immediate. This year will also add expert panel sessions and a forum for the public to allow for learning, exchange between clinicians who are deeply versed in research methods and the public to gain the most from the conference. Topic that will be presented include: biology, genetics, medications, behavioral addictions, special populations issues, prevention, legal and drug courts, among many more.