Dubai’s move to become a regional medical hub and beyond is on the right track as influx of a large number of foreign visitors seeking medical treatment in the emirate has made a positive outlook that projected financial returns will be achieved early.
During the first quarter of 2015, according to a statistics generated from the 16 out of 1,400 medical institutions in Dubai, almost 118,727 people from inside the UAE and abroad were taken care in the emirate. Our target for 2020 is to draw half-a-million medical tourists to Dubai. The expected revenue in 2020 should increase by 0.33 per cent from its current rate of 0.26 per cent and will be part of GDP.
From the past few years, Dubai received only 107,000 medical tourists yearly, as the total revenues from medical tourism in 2012 was approximated at Dh652.7 million.
On the other hand, the financial gain from medical tourism during the first quarter of 2015 was projected at Dh778.5 million.
It is expected that the said figures will grow by the end of 2015, as the numbers for the second quarter will include all hospitals and polyclinics operating in Dubai. Polyclinics are big clinics that offer different treatment facilities and specialties like cardiology ,gynecology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and endocrinology.
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