Dubai aims to become top destination for health tourism in the Middle East

May 21, 2013

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Medical tourism has been brought to the fore with renewed optimism and a host of projects as announced by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Sunday.

The projects are part of the authority’s strategy for 2013-2025, which build on His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s long-term sustainable development vision to promote Dubai as a favoured destination for health tourism in the Middle East.

The line-up of projects will give Dubai an assured portion of the global healthcare market.

In this, the emirate is well placed with world-class healthcare and niche specialities. Furthermore it has a reputation as a politically stable, modern and developed city and provides for regulatory environment, capacity planning and the encouragement of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).

According to the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the UAE healthcare market is expected to reach Dh43.7 billion in 2015.

The DHA strategy takes into account a market needed to serve people accompanying patients. The authority has plans of two five-star hotels towards this.

In an earlier interview, Eisa Al Maidour, director-general of the DHA, said that the medical tourism initiative will be implemented by hosting medical exhibitions, participating in overseas exhibitions, encouraging global healthcare providers to set up businesses and increasing government and private investment in healthcare.

He said that the authority looks into identifying gaps in services, building capacity and increasing investors.

“We expect a steady increase in healthcare requirements. Within the DHA network of health centres and hospitals, we have increased capacity by about 12 per cent. We are looking into different parameters to ensure sustainable growth,” he said.

The medical tourism initiative was announced in 2012 by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. Since then, several measures have been taken to unify medical tourism procedures in collaboration with the DHA, General Directorate for Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) and the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing (DTCM), among others.


Medical Tourism

March 29, 2011

Thailand is considered by many to be the global leader for medical tourism. Thousands of Americans and Europeans have been traveling to Thailand for decades seeking affordable world-class medical travel treatment, for both elective and non-elective procedures. Thailand also has a very large expatriate community from American and Europe that receive medical care from hundreds of private hospitals throughout the country. In addition to having a highly advanced healthcare system, with state-of-the-art equipment, first-class modern facilities, and an abundance of doctors with advanced medical degrees and board certifications from the US and Europe, Thailand is also world-renowned as a top health tourism destination. Thailand is also well known for the generous hospitality of its service minded population, which is why the country is often referred to as “The Land of Smiles.”

The favorable exchange rate of the US Dollar to the Thai Baht makes the already low cost medical treatment an incredible value to medical tourists. With one private hospital in Thailand being the first to receive JCI Accreditation in all of Asia, many others are following its lead and have begun the application process. The Government of Thailand is also working with the private hospital association in order to maintain its national lead as an international medical tourism hub. Our partner hospitals in Thailand are among the top private healthcare facilities in the country and are at par with the top facilities in the US.  Read at   For more Detail information contact Getachew Teklu  your Thailand Specialist.

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