These figures were revealed at the Dubai Health Authority’s participation at the recently held Arabian Travel Market (ATM). ATM one of the leading travel and tourism events in the Middle East. This year it took place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 28 to May 1, 2019.
Each year the emirate attracts thousands of travelers from all over the world thanks to its superior hospitality services and excellent aviation sector. The tourists are from key source markets and in Dubai, they find the ideal health platform for many services.
In fact, 33% of the total international patients were from the Arab and GCC countries including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Oman. From Asia, the topmost visitors hailed from India, Iran, and Pakistan. From Europe, the top visiting nationalities were Italy, UK, and France.
Wellness speciality tourism is fast gaining momentum among Asians, followed by Arab and European nationals. Africa is also a prime source market for health tourists –, especially for dental and orthopedic treatments.
They key specialities that attract tourists to various specialists in Dubai are Dental, Orthopaedic, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Health and Wellness, Aesthetics and Fertility. These key specialities continue to show growth trends.
Dubai the leading destination for medical tourism
According to a report by ResearchAndMarkets.com, Dubai could attract half a million people from outside the UAE for medical treatment, every year from 2020.
Dubai already provides a broad range of internationally accredited facilities and well-trained medical professionals (more than 35,000) from various nationalities. Dubai Health Authority has a strategy to attract more people to fuel the opportunities for the emirate’s growing healthcare industry.
As part of this strategy, there are plans to build new 40 primary healthcare centers, three new hospitals, a new 1000-bed medical complex with outpatient clinics, a five-star hotel, and mixed-use facilities.
Reasons for Dubai’s rising popularity as a healthcare destination
Dubai has very high standards of healthcare and well-developed infrastructure. Here are a few reasons for its rise as a medical tourism hub:
Modern medical facilities
Highly trained staff of healthcare practitioners from all over the world
Specialised and niche treatment
Dubai Healthcare City – a large complex of medical facilities and institutions – has partnerships with international universities like Harvard Medical School and Boston University
Winter months from October to March have the best weather and it is when tourists flock from Dubai.
Innovative online platforms for healthcare
Dubai boasts of a range of facilities, great infrastructure and top practitioners in every field. With the rise in medical tourism, there is much innovation and adoption of new trends and technology like telemedicine, health apps, online medical booking.
For example, if you want to find the best internal medicine doctor in Dubai, all you need to do is perform a quick search on an app or healthcare website like MyMedicNow. You will instantly find a full list of the best internal medicine doctors. Apart from internal medicine specialists Dubai, you will find all the other specialties ranging from dental to orthopaedic, gynecologists to paediatricians etc.
Apps like MyMedicNow provide the full listing along with the ability to review their ratings and book an appointment online. For instance, try searching for best ENT specialist in Dubai and you will have no trouble finding a trained ENT specialist at a location near you.
Be it anyone, a Dubai national or a visiting tourist can use these innovative apps to search for medical conditions or specialists and they will find detailed information.
MyMedicNow is an innovative online platform to help patients search for medical conditions, and find related local healthcare providers, quickly and efficiently across the Middle East and North Africa region.