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Why do medical tourists visit the UAE?

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32 per cent of all medical tourists from Arab world, says Dubai Healthcare City

August 20, 2014 9:57 by



A new report by the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) shows that the majority of patients visiting the UAE are doing so for infertility treatments.

The survey, conducted over a six-month period beginning January 2014, finds that other popular treatments include cosmetic, dental, cardiac and orthopedic. These findings are in line with the global trend of medical tourists who seek similar treatments across the world, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The results, collected from patients of the 120 DHCC facilities, also show 80 per cent of respondents chose the UAE for the quality of care.

Unsurprisingly, 48 per cent of patients seeking treatment in the UAE are based in other GCC countries. Patients from the greater Arab world are second on the list, with 32 per cent seeking treatment in the country.

In the grand scheme of things, the UAE is succeeding in its ambition to become a medical tourism hub. While the numbers are growing steadily, the benchmark is set at 500,000 medical tourists annually by 2020. Authorities are hoping to generate 2.6 billion AED to add to the nation’s GDP.

The DHCC is aiming to play its part in generating interest and understanding of the medical tourism sector.

Marwan Abedin, CEO of the DHCC, says: “Hearing from our partners, who are in regular contact with medical tourists, on their views and the feedback they receive is essential in helping us improve our offerings. As a strategic priority for DHCC, we are committed to increasing the flow of medical tourists visiting Dubai. We can achieve this with regular feedback and cooperation among our partner clinics and hospitals as well as medical tourism facilitators.”

In addition, the Dubai Health Authority has confirmed that they will shortly launch a medical tourism package which will include treatment costs, visa, accommodation and more.



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