Dubai to draw half a million medical tourists five years ahead of schedule

07 October, 2015


Dubai is on track to achieve its target of attracting half a million medical tourists this year, five years ahead of schedule, with a revised strategy due next year, says a top official. In the first half of the year, 16 hospitals provided treatment to 256,097 international and domestic medical tourists in the emirate, generating combined revenues of AED1 billion. “We expect that number to double when we collect data from across all the 30 hospitals and other facilities at the end of the year,” said Layla Al Marzouqi, the director of health regulation at Dubai Health Authority (DHA). “We expect to increase the number of medical tourists by 12 to 13 per cent every year.”

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