Dubai’s medical tourism strategy on course

Dubai gears up to cater for more medical tourists
Dubai gears up to cater for more medical tourists

The momentum is growing strong for Dubai’s medical tourism strategy with an increasing number of local hospitals showcasing their facilities and services.

“In terms of infrastructure, connectivity and qualified personnel, Dubai was already well-positioned to attract a major share of the healthcare tourism traffic. The medical tourism strategy has now sought to consolidate advantages into evolving an internationally competitive healthcare ecosystem, with clearly defined targets,” said Dr Haider Al Zubaidy, CEO, Canadian Specialist Hospital.

Dubai’s medical tourism strategy, announced earlier this year, looks at attracting 500,000 medical tourists by 2020. The target for the first phase is to bring in 170,000 medical tourists by 2016, a jump of over 50,000 from the 107,000 arrivals in 2012.

Public and private healthcare facilities and government departments are working together to facilitate entry and treatment in a range of medical specialties for patients from across the world, particularly from the GCC, South Asia and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.

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