Published on : Friday, June 9, 2017
As per a recent report, in last year, Dubai treated more than 326,640 domestic and inbound medical tourists generating revenues of Dh1.421 billion ($386.7 million) respectively. The patients treated themselves in hospitals licensed by DHA all across the emirates. Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi, director of the DHA Medical Tourism Council, said: ‘Dubai’s medical tourism revenues hit Dh1.421 billion ($386.7 million) in 2016, which is an increase of 1.5 per cent against Dh1.40 billion ($381 million) in 2015.’
She further added that ‘we expect this number to multiply by the end the year and we aim to surpass our 2020 target – which is Dh2.6 billion – by an additional 20 per cent.’
31 percent of the medical tourists came from GCC and different Arabian countries, as informed by Dr. Al Marzouqi. 27 percent of the patients were from Asian countries, 15 percent from European countries and the outstanding 27 percent poured in from different countries of the world.
From 25 to 45 years of age, these medical tourists majorly availed health specialties on orthopaedic surgeries, ophthalmology and cosmetics dermatology respectively. To quote Dr. Al Marzouqi, ‘Dubai is known for its high-quality medical care, rendering the emirate a sought-after destination for recuperative tourism.’ She also explained that DHA’s main focus is to establish a well-organized, accessible and unified healthcare system. Also, to boost the emirate’s competitiveness and enhance its global position on medical tourism scope remains the need of the hour.