As it continues to expand its healthcare sector on a very high speed, Dubai is all set to become a major international medical tourism hub.
A government official said that Dubai’s Department of Health and Regulation (DHA) is exerting extra efforts in boosting and strengthening the medical tourism sector of the Emirate through a Medical Tourism strategy.
It is by way of through identification and effective communication with key stakeholders, market research and global benchmarking health care practices & prices by launching packages involving the health, tourism and hospitality sectors as well as identified healthcare providers.
Also, slackening of patient’s visa requirements is included in the plan to address the healthcare necessity in UAE.
The government official underscores that the government is eager to adapt international healthcare system and governance as well as sharing the country’s expertise through the development of bilateral relationships in the field of healthcare services.
One of the initiatives to achieve this goal is the ambitious project; a new teaching hospital and associated medical college are to be built in Dubai at a cost of Dh1 billion.
The 300-bed University Hospital in Dubai Silicon Oasis will create at least 4,000 jobs, will have the capacity to treat 700,000 patients a year and will open in 2017.
At the same time, major realtor has announced plans to develop a new healthcare complex by 2017, catering for growing demand for private healthcare in Dubai which is driven by local demand and medical tourism.
A joint venture agreement was already signed with Dubai Healthcare City (DHC) to develop mixed-use project in Dubai Healthcare City at an estimated cost of around AED800 million (US$217m).