United Arab Emirates, Dubai: “The rapid growth of the UAE’s healthcare industry is transforming the country into the medical tourism hub of the Middle East. Our unique position on the global map of healthcare services means we attract tourists from around the world to enjoy a one-of-a-kind medical experience. This was only made possible by leveraging our highly advanced infrastructure, combined with concerted government initiatives” Andre Daoud, CEO Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres said recently, speaking at the Arabian Travel Market 2019.

Global patients are now electing to travel across international borders to receive medical treatment due to higher quality, affordability, ease of access and state-of-the-art technology. This “medical tourism” market promotes transparency in pricing, development of healthcare services in the private sector and increases local revenue. It also forces higher quality of service due to international competition and attracts highly-skilled medical professionals to local markets.

“Dubai has a prime position as the medical tourism hub within the Middle East due to its scalable growth opportunities” said Daoud. Over 326,000 health tourists were welcomed in Dubai in 2016, generating over AED 1 billion in total healthcare revenue. The Dubai Health Authority has set a target to attract over 500,000 health tourists by 2020. Dubai currently welcomes the majority of health tourists from Asia, followed by the GCC and Europe. Top specialties requested by medical tourists include orthopedics, ophthalmology, dental and fertility treatment.[1]

Experts are optimistic about the progress made by the UAE in becoming the leading global destination for medical tourism in the near future, especially due to government investment; the National Agenda 2021 ensures world-class healthcare, and the government is investing money and driving efforts to build a seamless system. Moreover, the Dubai Health Experience (DHX) focuses on building strong ties with Dubai’s finest healthcare providers to create an unparalleled experience for medical and health tourists, through the world’s first electronic medical tourism portal. 

“Medcare is a keen partner of DHX – medical tourists come us due to our exceptional ethos and reputation; it is our mission to deliver a patient-centric healthcare journey, champion clinical excellence and provide state-of-the-art care for all patients. We are leaders in medical tourism and offer a variety of support services from airport transport to visa assistance to create a seamless and unique experience” said Daoud. “We have found that we must focus on developing healthcare experiences that are focused on wellness to deal with the rise of lifestyle-related diseases”.

About Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres

Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres (Medcare), the premium healthcare division of Aster DM Healthcare, is one of the pioneering healthcare providers in the region.

With a focus on delivering a patient-centric journey as well as encouraging clinical excellence and state-of-the-art care, Medcare operates three multi-specialty hospitals including Medcare Hospital Safa Park Dubai, Medcare Hospital Sharjah and Medcare Women and Children Hospital in Dubai. In addition, it has two specialty centres and 12 multi-specialty centres in key locations across Dubai and Sharjah.

With a team of 350+ qualified healthcare professionals, Medcare promotes and supports the highest standards in preventive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare. 

[1] Dubai health investment guide 2019. https://www.dha.gov.ae/Asset%20Library/27012019/eng.pdf 

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