Dubai Leading the way in AI


Fraser Clarke

Residents in Dubai are open to the greater involvement of Artificial Intelligence in health it’s been revealed.

Speaking at a keynote speech to delegates at Madinat Jumeirah, Dr Tim Wilson, Middle East Industries Expert for PWC, highlighted that those in the Gulf are more open than most to the use of AI in healthcare.

He said: “Two-thirds of Middle Eastern respondents are willing to replace human doctors with AI and robots.

“The UAE is a country whose rulers have the vision to appoint the first AI minister in the world, and when you combine that with the work being done by the Dubai Health Authority, I think that central spot of AI-enhanced tourist care is going to be taken and owned by the UAE and specifically by Dubai.”

“AI is already here, but by 2020 we need 30,000 more doctors in the region and this is where AI plays a major part”, he added.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of Dubai’s Medical Tourism Council, highlighted why the Emirate is leading the way in healthcare AI.

She said: “Dubai's strategic location, diagnostic and treatment services and competitive packages and infrastructure places the city on the right path to becoming a favourite destination for medical tourism, hence achieving Dubai's goal of attracting 500,000 medical tourists by 2020.

“To better allow medical tourists to plan their trips when visiting Dubai for treatment, the Dubai Health Experience (DXH) project was launched, providing a one-stop electronic portal for medical tourists to book tickets and access comprehensive information about health care services, visas, hotels and other services and packages.”

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