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Monday, December 15, 2014

Dubai Aims to be World Center for Medical Tourism

Cosmopolitan atmosphere, long stretches of white sandy beaches, countless shopping malls, premier hotels and residential developments are only a few reasons why tourists flock to Dubai. This year, this flourishing emirate adds to that long list its world-class medical tourism packages.

With the new medical tourism offerings, coming to Dubai will be a breeze for those seeking health and wellness services. From the moment they enter the city to treatments and follow-ups, patients and their accompanying family will experience nothing but convenience and comfort during their entire stay.

These packages are products of close collaboration between concerned Dubai government agencies and various medical entities in Dubai. They are comprehensive and affordable with all the necessary inclusions that make coming to Dubai the best decision medical tourists will ever make.

The packages will initially cover orthopedic and sports medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry, dermatology, plastic surgery, and preventive health check-ups. It will also include visas, arrival services, hospital and hotel stays for the patients and family members accompanying them. For residents, it will offer discounted rates for medical services.

If that’s not enough, medical tourists can also partake of the wide range of fun attractions and destinations during their stay. They can hop on a relaxing yacht charter Dubai and try some deep sea fishing for some R&R. They can take city tours on-board double-decker buses. They can immerse themselves in the Emirati culture by joining heritage tours at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

With world-class health facilities and internationally accredited hospitals already in place, becoming a hub for world medical tourism is truly well within Dubai’s reach. However, they are not resting on their laurels. This initiative will see continuous efforts to build more first-rate health and wellness establishments and attract more expert medical professionals.

The city currently ranks among the top 20 destinations for medical tourism worldwide, and hopes to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2020. In 2012, a total of 107,000 medical tourists came to Dubai bringing in revenues reaching Dhs 652.7 million.

For sure, Dubai is not leaving any stone unturned in its aggressive drive towards becoming a top tourist destination in the world. And so far, things have been looking very good.