Targets Set for World-Class Healthcare System


Sarah Peddie

The countries in the Gulf are striving towards producing a world-class healthcare system and have each made key objectives to reach this target.

Each country has set their own targets and plans to improve healthcare in the gulf.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 is a blueprint that was unveiled in 2016 and shows the transformation of the economy away from the overreliance on oil and the public sector.

Soon after, the Saudi National Transformation Plan (NTP) was released which then set targets for the Vision 2030.

Healthcare is one of the main focus areas in both of these plans.

Targets have been set out by the NTP for the Ministry of Health for 2020 and they include:

  • Increasing private healthcare expenditure from 25% to 35% of total healthcare expenditure.
  • Increasing number of licensed medical facilities from 40 to 100.
  • Increasing the number of internationally accredited hospitals.
  • Double the number of primary healthcare visits per capita from two to four.
  • Decreasing the percentage of smoking and obesity levels by 2% and 1%.
  • Increasing the focus on digital healthcare innovations.


For the UAE, in their Vision 2021, providing world-class healthcare is one of the six pillars from the National Agenda.

As part of the National Agenda, the UAE Government will work in collaboration with all health authorities in the country to get all hospitals (public and private) accredited to national and international quality standards of service and staff.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure its performance against its healthcare targets for 2021 include: 

  • Number of deaths from cardiovascular diseases per 100,000 population.
  • Prevalence of diabetes.
  • Prevalence of obesity amongst children.
  • Average healthy life expectancy.
  • Prevalence of smoking.
  • Number of deaths from cancer per 100,000 population.


In Bahrain’s economic vision for 2030, all residents are to have access to quality healthcare. The aim is to have Bahrain become a leading centre for modern medicine. 
The Government will play a vital role in improving the health system along the following levelers:

  • Promoting and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
  • Providing quick and easy access to high-quality care.
  • Ensuring the regulation of the healthcare system by an independent health regulator.
  • Developing, attracting and retaining healthcare talent.


The Health Vision 2050 for Health Research in Oman aims to make the country the regional leader and a research hub of world standards in health research.

The mission is to provide, facilitate and conduct high-quality health research and addressing national health priorities to improve healthcare services.


Kuwait’s Vision 2035 aims to turn Kuwait into a regional financial, cultural and institutional leader and reduce the dependency on oil.

Healthcare targets for 2035:

  • Improving the quality of healthcare services
  • The mitigation of chronic non-communicable diseases
  • Increase of bed capacity in hospitals. 

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