Covid-19: Dubai to be next big health tourism destination, DHA official says – News
Dubai is expected to be the next big health tourism destination, with the emirate’s high vaccination rate boosting visitor confidence, a senior health official said.
“This will be the next big draw in Dubai. The United Arab Emirates is the most vaccinated country in the world. With the world-class health infrastructure that we have, people will see Dubai as the next big destination for health tourism, ”Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the health regulation sector, told The Khaleej Times. the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). exclusive interview.
The United Arab Emirates have now overtaken Israel and become the most vaccinated country in the world. As on Friday, the Emirates have administered more than 13.2 million doses of vaccines.
Dr Marwan said Dubai’s track record in dealing with Covid will encourage people to travel to the emirate not just for tourism, but to seek quality healthcare.
“We are looking for markets like India, West Africa, Russia and even Europe for medical tourism. Our healthcare infrastructure only got stronger after Covid-19. “
He said Dubai has a total of 40,000 licensed healthcare professionals in both the public and private sectors and that the emirate is ready to offer optional health and wellness treatments to visitors.
With a government strategy to promote Dubai as a global medical hub and increased investment in the health sector, the emirate is expected to attract 500,000 medical tourists this year, according to a study by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Dubai. In 2018, the city received around 337,000 medical tourists. Orthopedics, sports medicine, dermatology and skin care, dentistry and fertility treatments are the main specialties attracting health tourists to Dubai.
A report by Euromonitor International predicts that UAE medical tourism revenue will reach 19 billion dirhams by 2023.
Recently, DHA launched Dubai Health Experience (DXH), an online portal where visitors can make appointments with doctors and plan their medical routes.
Dr Marwan said that since Dubai relies “a lot on tourism” – whether health tourism or business – it cannot afford a lockdown.
“We believe that the burden of disease should not exceed that of treatment. Dubai is a great example that we can control and contain disease while allowing businesses to thrive and continue. Otherwise, it will create a huge financial impact on all populations. “
“Covid will continue with mutations. We must take precautionary measures and move forward,” he added.