Dubai’s health tourism sector continues to witness steady growth

Published on : Friday, November 15, 2019

Dubai’s health tourism sector continues to witness steady growth with tourists from various source markets spending Dh1.16 billion ($276.62 million) at the emirate’s facilities last year.

 

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said that the emirate attracted 337,011 medical tourists last year for treatments in the leading specialties of orthopedics, sports medicine, dermatology and skin care, dentistry as well as fertility treatments.

 

Dubai has seen a steady growth in health tourism and continues to attract patients and wellness tourists.

 

Dubai’s Health Tourism Department took part in the World Travel Market (WTM) this year in London as part of its efforts towards promoting Dubai’s leading position as a globally recognized destination for health and wellness treatments.

 

The Health Tourism (DXH) department promoted its 70 plus DXH group members’ healthcare facilities in principal source markets including GCC, Europe, Africa, Russia and China.

 

To quote Linda Andullah, consultant at Health Tourism Department, Dubai Health Authority, “We consider WTM as a great platform to meet and network with key global travel partners. Our participation in the latest edition of the event forms part of our strategic efforts to further raise awareness on Dubai’s capabilities as a health destination in the travel and tourism sector. The combination of tourism and health and wellness offerings is set to increase the contribution of tourism sector to the economy. Following our highly positive performance on tourist arrivals in 2018, Dubai aims to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2021, supported by Expo 2020.”

 

The UAE medical tourism sales were Dh12 billion in 2018.

 


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