Dubai on track to attracting 500,000 medical tourists by 2021

Dubai on track to attracting 500,000 medical tourists by 2021
Published: 22 August 2019 - 8:15 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Dubai is getting closer to achieving its target of 500,000 medical tourists by 2021, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced.

The emirate already recorded 337,011 international tourists in 2018, according to an analysis released by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Commenting on these results, Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the Health Regulation Sector said: “To further strengthen the position of Dubai on the health tourism world map, DHA has recently revamped the website. The web portal that receives more than 10,000 unique visitors each month, now includes four languages: Arabic, English, Russian and Chinese.”

The new services added to the website are the “free second medical opinion” for international medical tourists through some of the selected facilities in Dubai.

He added that the authority aims to attract more than half a million medical tourists by 2021, ensuring that they have a quality health experience.

Dr Al Mulla said that the majority of international patients who come to Dubai are from Arab and GCC countries, comprising 33% of the total international health tourists. Top nationalities are from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman. 30% of other medical tourists come from India, Iran and Pakistan.

Wellness specialty has also seen a recent surge in popularity among Asians, followed by Arabs and European nationalities. Visitors from Africa are primarily interested in dental and orthopaedic treatments.

Meanwhile, dental treatment is the most popular, which accounted for 46% of visitors in 2018, while 18% were here for orthopaedics and 10% for dermatology. Ophthalmology, wellness, aesthetics and fertility treatments were also popular among tourists.

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