Dubai striding hard to become an International hub for Medical Tourism

14 Apr

With aim to establish Dubai image as an international hub destination for medical tourism, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has planned to open 22 hospitals across the city to boost up national economy to Dh 2.6 billion by 2020. Fast expansion of healthcare sector enabled this city to achieve its targets. Strategic efforts are being made to expand medical tourism sector. Their primary aim is to achieve this status before EXPO 2020.medical-tourism-dubai

Governmental initiatives to support this aim

  • According to Government officials and authorities, this target can only be achieved after carrying out deep market research and communication with major stakeholders to finalize the prices for health care packages. Crucial stake holders involved in the process are healthcare sector, hospitality and tourism. Moreover, authorities are also thinking to provide extra relief for patient visa requirements. UAE Government is aiming to acquire international healthcare system while including country’s own healthcare expertise to develop mutual relationship in the field of healthcare.
  • Another remarkable initiative is the construction of new teaching hospital and setting up a medical college project in Dubai Silicon Oasis of total cost of Dh1 billion. It is expected that the 300-bed University Hospital will create at least 4,000 jobs and capable to treat 700,000 patients a year. The project is due to open in 2017.
  • In order to support emerging sector of medical tourism, institutional investors and corporate players are required to make investments in the sector. Recently Dubai hosted the two-day International Medical Travel Exhibition and Conference (IMTEC 2014). Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Center was the venue for this conference. The event has played a positive role in fostering city image as a preferred destination for medical travel and tourism. Several industry leaders attended this conference. The conference highlighted the importance of promoting Dubai as a positive healthcare brand. The discussion also revealed the importance of implementing three-segmented approach based on infrastructure, support systems and regulation. According to this approach recruiting skilled healthcare professionals and suitable regulation of labour market will surely enable this city to improve the standards of medical services while executing the demands.
  • In addition to these initiatives, DHA has clearly defined the key healthcare sectors important for medical tourism are dentistry, cosmetic surgery, eye surgery, orthopedic surgery, general medical screenings, and sports medicine. Each of these fields has become very famous these days and it is expected that they will continue to be the most sought after treatments among patients. Having identified the importance of these health sectors, Dubai is showing good progress and quickly moving towards establishing its name as hub of medical facilities in the region. Further launch of an e-portal for Dubai medical tourism is also a smart initiative taken by Dubai Government.

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