Dubai declared leading medical tourism destination in the Arab

 Thursday, September 3, 2020 

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The International Healthcare Research Centre (IHRC) recently released the Global Medical Tourism Index that declared Dubai as the leading destination for medical tourists in Arab. The latest achievement can be considered as a result of intensified efforts by the Dubai Government, represented by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), to strengthen its medical tourism sector as one of the key pillars of its economic diversification and development policies.


Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO, Health Regulation Sector at the Dubai Health Authority, said in a press statement that the latest recognition once again emphasises the quality of health care services in Dubai and its attractiveness as a global health care centre. He mentioned that the achievement is the result of Dubai’s response to the directives of wise leadership to enhance the regulatory framework within its medical system to build a world-class health care infrastructure and capabilities that meet the needs of healthier and happier communities in the country.


He shared that Dubai positions itself as a destination where medical and wellness tourists from all over the world can avail of safe, reliable, and innovative services that will help improve their health and, consequently, the quality of their life. He informed that authorities have placed all the necessary precautionary measures recommended by local and global health authorities to ensure the safety of local and international patients.


Mohamed Al Mehri, Director, Health Tourism Department, added that Dubai continues to offer its remarkable health care services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He mentioned that many of the country’s DXH Group member health care facilities are providing second medical opinions and teleconsultations. He urged health tourists to start planning their treatments that have been put on hold because of the pandemic situation. He also said Dubai has also undertaken various to safeguard the health of all patients, medical personnel and the members of the wider local community, and remains one of the safest destinations for medical tourists from all over the world.


Dubai has allotted substantial investments to build modern hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities and attracted international doctors across various disciplines. DHA have issued 3,397 licenses to health facilities in Dubai during the first half of 2020 and inaugurated 45 new health facilities, a hospital, and 10 general and specialised medical clinics during the period. Additionally, Dubai also has around 20 licensed centres specialising in traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine (TCAM).


The DHA has been leading the efforts to position Dubai in the global medical tourism map by reinforcing the international community’s confidence in the emirate. As a result of this commitment, the prestigious Dubai Health Experience (DXH) brand was born, with the authority continuously working towards implementing industry best practices and adopting international standards for patient care.

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