Dubai receives 260,000 medical tourists in first half of 2015

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Dubai captivated around 260,000 medical tourists in the first half of 2015, increased 12% from the same period in 2014.

Dubai receives 260,000 medical tourists in first half of 2015

Dubai receives 260,000 medical tourists in first half of 2015

Around 40% of the medical tourists are from abroad, according to Linda Abdullah Ali, head of the medical tourism office at the health regulation department of the DHA.

The medical-purpose visits to Dubai generated Dh1 billion in revenue during the six-month period, Ali said. She did not give the percentage of growth over the same period in 2014.

In the third and fourth quarter, they expect stable development in medical tourist numbers of at least 12-15%.

Dubai’s medical visitor numbers are expected to grow by around 12% yearly. By 2020, the emirate is anticipated to receive over 500,000 medical tourists and create Dh2.6 billion in returns, marking a 20% increase over 2015.

Dubai had set a target last year to receive 500,000 medical tourists by 2020, however it will promptly go beyond it by 12-13%.

The emirate intends to reach its 2020 objective by abiding to endorse Dubai as a medical tourism destination to nearby Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, UK, Asia and Africa, and offering medical tourism packages.

Mohamed Dekkak

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