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Title: Medical Tourism in Dubai

Medical Tourism in Dubai
Medical tourism is a 100 billion industry
  • Recent studies have estimated medical tourism to
    be worth around 100 billion worldwide annually
  • Currently, medical tourism in the UAE is worth
    1.6 billion, most of it derived from Dubai
  • The government of Dubai has identified the
    medical tourism industry as a key component of
    its economic development plans, and has ambitious
    plans to position itself to attract a major share
    of this 100 billion industry

Dubai ranks favorably among peers
  • Dubai has positioned itself well in the region,
    and has leveraged its comparative advantages,
    such as its innovative healthcare industry,
    connectivity, and well-qualified medical
  • Dubai ranks 17th out of 25 countries in the world
    engaging in medical tourism
  • 7th in Asia, and 2nd in the MENA region,
    according to the Medical Tourism Destination
    Index published by the Medical Tourism
    Association in 2014

Vying to be among top 10 by 2020
  • Dubai aims to become one of the top 10 medical
    tourism destinations in the world, and the
    fastest growing medical tourism destination
    globally by 2020

The DHA expects that medical visitor numbers will
grow by around 12 annuallyDubai aims to
attract more than 500,000 international medical
tourists and generate around 710 million per
annum by 2020
Vying to be among top 10 by 2020
Adopting changes in the right areas to facilitate
  • Increasing investments, hiring the best medical
    staff, and loosening visa restrictions are key
    elements of this strategy
  • In accordance with this strategy, Dubais
    government launched the worlds first electronic
    medical tourism portal, Dubai Health Experience,
    in April 2016
  • The portal provides all health, travel,
    hospitality, and visa services for medical

The Dubai Medical Tourism Strategy identifies
Orthopedic and sports medicine, plastic surgery,
ophthalmology, dental procedures, dermatology,
preventive medicine, and skin care as key areas
in which Dubai can provide competitive and
cost-effective treatment options to patients from
Health Facilities
Healthcare infrastructure will be key
  • DHA announced that 18 private and four public
    hospitals will be built in the next few years
  • Dubai currently has more than 2,700 health
    facilities, and over 25,000 specialists in the
    medical field
  • These numbers are expected to grow to 40,000
    specialists and 4,000 health centers by 2020
  • Dubai Healthcare City (DHC) boasts a world-class
    infrastructure for medical tourism. It contains
    130 medical centers and employs 5,000 healthcare
  • In 2014, of 1.2 million patient visits to Dubai
    Healthcare City, 15 per cent were medical
  • The government has now announced a new phase of
    the expansion plan for the Dubai Healthcare City
  • In accordance with this expansion plan, DHC will
    eventually be the worlds largest healthcare free

The DMTC has been established to promote medical
  • The DMTC has 25 centers signed on as members to
    develop Dubais medical tourism industry
  • The main goals of the DMTC are to facilitate the
    Dubai medical tourism program, promoting medical
    tourism services, and to contribute to the Dubai
    medical tourism strategy by identifying new
    markets and services
  • To become a member of DMTC , Each facility must
    fulfill these criteria, which include
    international accreditation and certifications, a
    given number of years of service in the region, a
    given number of beds, and a given physician to
    nurse ratio

  • To be continued----

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