$778 Million Generated at Arab Health 2018

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Fraser Clarke

It has been revealed that exhibitors at this year’s Arab Health expo generated more than $778 million worth of business.

The annual showcase, which brings together more than 4,000 businesses from over 160 countries, appears to be following projected trends in the region - which estimate that healthcare spending will rise by $28bn to $104.6bn by 2022.

Studies have shown that the demand for healthcare throughout the Middle East and North Africa region will soar in the coming years, with 13,000 more hospital beds and 10,000 medical staff required region-wide over the next decade.

As a result hopes are high that the 2019 expo could have an even bigger impact.

Taking place between January 28 and 31 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, it will welcome some of the world leaders in medical technology, as well as playing host to 11 CME accredited conferences and more than 250 expert speakers from around the world.

More than 80,000 medics are expected to attend over the four days, making it a great opportunity to network for anyone either working overseas already, or considering a move to the MENA region.

Exhibition Director, Ross Williams, is positive about the role the event can have in enhancing the future of healthcare.

He said: “Some of the key factors stimulating the growth of the healthcare market in the region include an ageing population, the increasing frequency of non-communicable diseases, the high cost of treatment and mandatory health insurance.

“The trade generated during the last edition of Arab Health is an indication that the private sector is playing an important role in developing the healthcare industry, and we anticipate that these figures will continue to grow in subsequent years.”

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