Think Dubai and you’ll get images of tall shiny buildings, clean beaches, desert safaris and much more. But Habibi, the city is prepared to provide you with state-of-the-art healthcare avenues.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has announced the launch of the ‘Dubai In One Day’ health tourism initiative during the recently concluded Arab Health Exhibition and Congress.
The aim of this initiative is to further boost the health tourism sector in the emirate and provide tourists with comprehensive health screening packages that are fast and affordable and are available at various private health centers as part of this unique initiative. .
Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the DHA Health Regulation Sector, said the aim of this initiative is to further strengthen Dubai’s position in the field of health tourism and provide tourists with the opportunity to benefit from high-quality comprehensive check-ups during your trip. stay in the emirate.
Dr. Al Mulla stressed that screening packages aim to be convenient, fast, efficient, and encourage preventive screening, which is critical for early detection of disease, prevents disease complications, and can aid in disease prevention. , especially in the case of various lifestyle diseases.
Mohamed Al Mheiri, Director of the DHA Health Tourism Department, said: “A tourist can conveniently complete their comprehensive medical examination within 2 to 6 hours, depending on the package selected, with results delivered within 24 to 48 hours, so it is highly efficient and convenient for tourists.”
Tourists can reserve the service by contacting the listed participating facilities directly. Al Mheiri feels that Dubai has already become a favorite destination for treatment in certain specialties such as dentistry, orthopedics, gynecology, cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology.
“Dubai has already distinguished itself as a tourist destination with the best airlines, feeling safe in the city, having a variety of hotel options, as well as activities to enjoy. There are more than 4,000 health centers open in Dubai alone. We are trying to provide a unique experience of the perfect city. We get 6,30,000 healthcare visitors in 2021 and looking at the numbers rising, we can see the need is there.”
Dr. Azad Moopen, President and CEO of Aster DM Healthcare believes that there are many factors that contribute to Dubai’s success as a healthcare destination.
“People from all over the world come to Dubai because there is no language barrier. There are doctors who can treat patients from GCC, Asia and Western countries. Another important aspect is that Dubai is ideal for families. When a patient comes, his family members accompany him and they like to come to Dubai so that they can also enjoy other activities. But the most important aspect is the universal insurance which has made treatments in Dubai extremely affordable.”
Dubai’s emergence as a hub for medical tourism has also proven to be a boon for other countries. India, which has been a similar hub for medical services, has also found lucrative opportunities here.
Sunny Bose, Senior Deputy Director of EEPC India, says: “It is very positive. Previously, MENA people used to travel to India, but now Indian hospitals and service providers are moving to settle in Dubai. There is a huge influx of Indian medical devices in Dubai, which is very satisfied with the standard of Indian-developed devices and applications.”
As economies return to pre-pandemic levels, the global medical tourism market is expected to show tremendous growth, growing from just under $14 billion in 2021 to $53.5 billion in 2028, with an average annual growth rate of more than 20 percent. According to the “Global Medical Tourism Index” issued by the International Healthcare Research Center (IHRC), Dubai is the top medical tourism destination in the region, now with the vision of the DHA it is ready to expand its influence over the rest from the world.