Published on : Saturday, August 24, 2019
Dubai has been competing to develop its position in the world map in terms of health tourism. Although, Asian nations are the prime medical tourism destinations, the Gulf emirate expects that by 2021, its new efforts will draw more than half a million medical tourists.
On Tuesday, after a study was released by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on health tourism, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) declared that the emirate lured about 337,011 international health tourists in 2018, taking it a step closer to achieving that target.
In the world, Dubai is the fourth most visited place, and already has an impressive range of premier accredited clinics and hospitals and more than 35,000 healthcare professionals from 110 nationalities, all of which can perk up its efforts to turn into an eminent player in the world medical tourism market.
The study by the DCCI disclosed that medical tourism sales in the UAE have grown by 5.5 per cent year-over-year to reach AED 12.1 billion in 2018.
As per the DHA, in 2018, tourists spent AED 1.163 billion behind health tourism, and the health tourists looked for the following top three specialists – dentistry, orthopedics and dermatology. Among the tourists, dental treatment is the most-used service, with 46 per cent of visitors availed this service last year, while orthopaedics accounted for 18 per cent and dermatology treatment for 10 per cent. Also, ophthalmology, wellness, aesthetics and fertility treatments are quite popular among tourists, the DHA said.
One of the most important DHA efforts to develop Dubai and promote medical tourism is Dubai Health Experience (DXH), is a portal and app that enables tourists to book their entire medical holiday online. Another is a comprehensive health tourism guide.