Medical tourism has begun to become a highly significant driver of growth in Dubai. According to reports Emirates will become nucleus for medical tourism by 2020. Dubai is witnessing accelerated growth in medical tourism due to factors such as its high quality service, expertise staff and availability diverse type of treatments.
Dubai at present one of the world’s top ten most-visited cities, but the huge development of its healthcare infrastructure is aiding for its further growth, offering visitors with the prospect to receive medical care of a high standard at a relatively low cost, however also benefiting from the wonders and other facilities of Dubai.
A Dubai Health Authority plan announced that a target targets to develop 22 (18 private and four public) hospitals, so around 500,000 medical tourists is currently being aimed for, which would add around 2.6 billion dhirams (£441.28 million) to its economy by 2020.
The strategy for medical tourism is executed in two stages, in which the first phase is set to be completed in 2016 and the other phase in 2020. Dubai Healthcare City (MCC) will initiate dedicated centers for genetic disorders, oncology and diabetes and advance its current medical services like rehabilitation integrated medicine and pediatrics.
There will be numerous expertise treatments to name a few: open heart surgery, infertility treatments, orthopedics obesity, cochlear implants, cardiology, plastic and cosmetic, dermatology, urology and physical therapy.
Factors such as prime location, easier accessibility and quality of care, DHCC is well appointed to become the chief medical destination in the UAE. DHCC has permitted visiting physician license, which allows reputed doctors from around the globe to come and practice in Dubai for a short time.
There is initiatives undertaken to hire quality and professional staff to meet the demand in the upcoming years. Medical tourist will be issued with visas and also offered accommodation and travel packages. Tourist can choose the type of package and where to reside according to their budget.
Dubai will host the International Medical Travel Exhibition & Conference (IMTEC) in October this year. The main objective is to bring together healthcare services and providers, pharmaceutical companies and medical insurance agencies from around the world into one roof.
Medical tourism is starting to become an increasingly prominent driver of growth in Dubai visitor numbers.
A growing trend is emerging in Dubai that is seeing more foreign visitors flocking to the emirate to take advantage of the increasingly high-quality medical facilities and services available in the region.
Medical tourism has become a major driver of visitor growth in Dubai in recent times, according to a new report from Bloomberg News, which suggests the location is starting to rival the likes of Thailand and India in terms of the number of people traveling to the location for these reasons.
Dubai is already one of the world’s top ten most-visited cities, but the rapid development of its healthcare infrastructure is helping to further drive this momentum, providing visitors with the opportunity to receive medical care of a high standard at a relatively low cost, while also enjoying the sights and sounds of the local area.
Key drivers of the recent trend include the creation of facilities such as Dubai Healthcare City, a four million sq ft healthcare zone that incorporates two hospitals and 120 outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories. Patient visits to Dubai Healthcare City passed 600,000 in June 2014, thanks to the addition of nine new care centers in the first half of the year.
The government is now focused on branding Dubai as a healthcare hub through targeted advertisements, as well as partnerships with medical tourism facilitators, who will offer package deals specifically for visitors who are seeking elective health treatments.
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