Dubai expecting to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2020

Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016

medical tourismDubai is spreading its tourism influence in every direction. Medical tourism in Dubai now has a very attractive market and by 2020  it hopes to attract 500,000 medical tourists. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group and Humaid Mohammad Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai Health Authority, DHA, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to promote medical tourism in Dubai.



The MoU signed on the sidelines of the Arab Travel Market, is aimed to cultivate Emirates Airline’s international status and widespread travel routes to fulfil the medical tourism project, Dubai Health Experience (DXH) launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.



As part of the MoU, Emirates Airline packages and tickets can be booked through DXH’s website , which is a first-of-its-kind website that has all the relevant medical tourism information including: medical tourism packages, tickets and hotel booking etc. under a single portal.



The medical services include but are not limited to surgery, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dental, treatments and specialized tests, to name a few.



Sheikh Ahmed said: “Emirates remains committed to government and private sector initiatives that promote Dubai as a global hub for trade, tourism and sport. We are pleased to be working with DHA to make Dubai the preferred destination for medical tourism through our extensive global network covering the six continents.”



Al Qatami said Emirates Airline is DHA’s strategic partner, and is one of the main supporters of the authority’s objective to revitalize medical tourism and make Dubai the preferred destination for medical tourism.



He said by signing the MoU with one of the most important airlines in the world, DHA would hopefully fulfill its goal to attract 500,000 medical tourist by 2020.



He also said that the MoU reflects the unlimited support of Sheikh Ahmad towards the authorities’ projects and objectives stressing that Sheikh Ahmad’s support is considered an important incentive to the success of the project.

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