DIHTF Highlights Dubai’s Path to becoming a Medical Tourism Hub
Dubai International Health Tourism Forum (DIHTF) recently concluded in Dubai (UAE) focusing on reimagining the healthcare experience travel. The outcome of DIHTF 2018 was fairly positive with key insights highlighted during the event, offering new ways to enhance the health and travel practice in the Emirate. The forum saw international industry experts and researchers from the public and private health and travel sectors together to enhance the medical tourism experience in Dubai.
Dubai International Health Tourism Forum – 2018 Core Agenda
Prominent industry leaders and researchers including medical travel organizations and health services attended the forum to exchange knowledge and expertise in the sector of healthcare and tourism. Some of the key topics covered at the two-day forum included:
- Areas of Health Tourism Experience
- Medical Tourism Insurance
- Patient Centred Care
- Role of Social Media Influencers in the Health Tourism Industry
- Health Travel Metrics & Reliable Global Index
- The Future of Health Tourism
- Surgical Techniques & Healthcare Technologies
DIHTF Impact – UAE & Dubai’s Healthcare Industry
The UAE and Dubai’s healthcare tourism sector will be positively boosted by DIHTF as the forum attracted healthcare companies from all over the world. In fact, the event provided an unparalleled opportunity for Dubai to demonstrate its potential as a premium medical tourism destination encouraging international hospital groups, medical travel organizations and healthcare and wellness service providers to consider the emirate as an attractive investment destination in the coming years.
Moreover, infrastructure developments in Dubai’s healthcare sector which includes but not limited to Dubai Healthcare City Phase 2, coupled with the introduction of innovative and integrated care models will support excellence and pave way for further investments in the Emirate of Dubai.
Dubai – A Premium Medical Tourism Destination
Medical tourism is playing a significant role in boosting Dubai’s economy by attracting visitors from all across the globe. The Dubai Medical Tourism market generated more than Dh 1.4 billion in 2016. According to Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the Emirate is well on its way to attract more than 500,000 medical tourists by 2020 compared to near around 350,000 medical tourists in 2017.
Thanks to government initiatives, Dubai has become one of the top global destinations for following specializations:
- Aesthetics & Cosmetic Surgeries
- Preventive Medicine
- Skin Care
- Sports Medicine
The introduction of ‘Dubai’s Acclaimed City’, as well as the launch of ‘Dubai Health Experience (DXH)’ has also helped put Dubai on the map for medical tourism.
DXH is a brand conceived by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to provide medical tourists with sophisticated and integrated health service system. Furthermore, DXH App offers access to hundreds of healthcare professionals and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. In addition, the App provides medical packages that have been created with the help of over 25 healthcare facilities that form the ‘DXH Group’.
Dubai’s success as a world-class medical tourism destination was only possible due to the efforts made by the government to provide the Emirate with the right policy framework. The government support to Dubai’s medical tourism is expected to continue in the coming years, in line with Dubai’s ambition to be “a globally recognized destination for elective health and wellness treatments”.
Dubai Healthcare Sector – Investment Opportunities
Dubai offers significant opportunities for investment in the healthcare sector as it aims to capitalise from burgeoning population and economic growth, EXPO 2020 and the rise in healthcare demand and medical tourists in the Emirate.
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