Dubai aims to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2021
Emirate is targeting GCC, Europe, Russia and China
Dubai is targeting the GCC, Europe, Africa, Russia and China as it looks to build on record numbers of medical tourists in 2018, sister publication Arabian Business reported.
Dubai Health Authority's Health Tourism Department is taking part in the World Travel Market (WTM) 2019 in London as part of its continuing efforts to promote the emirate as a leading destination for health and wellness treatments.
According to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the emirate attracted 337,011 medical tourists in 2018 alone, who spent a combined value of AED1.2 billion on treatments in orthopedics, sports medicine, dermatology and skin care, dentistry and fertility treatments.
Linda Andullah, consultant at Health Tourism Department, Dubai Health Authority said: “Our participation in the latest edition of the event forms part of our strategic efforts to further raise awareness on Dubai’s capabilities as a health destination in the travel and tourism sector.
"The combination of tourism and health and wellness offerings is set to increase the contribution of tourism sector to the economy. Following our highly positive performance on tourist arrivals in 2018, Dubai aims to attract 500,000 medical tourists by 2021, supported by Expo 2020."
Total UAE medical tourism sales amounted to AED12 billion in 2018, up 5.5 percent year-on-year, according to recent Euromonitor International data.
“Further enhancing patient safety and experience and availability of international talent for the delivery of world-class health services are among the key pillars of Dubai’s health tourism strategy. This will help Dubai attract even more health tourists in the coming years,” added Abdullah.