A recently published Dubai Health Authority report has shown a rise of 9.5% in the number of health tourists visiting the Emirate in 2016.
Some 326,649 people arrived in Dubai for medical treatment in 2016, with the majority of these individuals coming from Asia (37%) and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries (31%).
According to the report Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Orthopaedics were the most sought after specialties for health tourists, whilst Dubai’s well known cosmetic surgery clinics were also popular.
Speaking to the Khaleej Times about the figures, Director of Dubai’s Health Tourism Council, Dr Layla Mohamed Al Marzouqi, said: “Our goal is to continue to position Dubai as the prime destination for health tourism through a combination of world class infrastructure, cutting edge technology and expert medical practitioners.
"We believe that Dubai has what it takes to become the preferred destination for medical and health treatments, and our objective now is to create wider awareness about the facilities, and services that Dubai Health Experience group members provide, to showcase the length,and breadth, of their expertise to an international audience.”
The report also shed light on the number of specialists currently working in the Emirate, with 35,000 medics of 110 nationalities making up a diverse sector. That figure is expected to rise to 40,000 by 2020 too - highlighting the range of opportunities that remain on offer.
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