Dubai welcomes 260,000 medical tourists in first half of 2015
06 September, 2015
Dubai attracted 260,000 medical tourists in the first half of 2015, up 12 per cent from the same period a year ago, according to a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) official. “Around 40 per cent of [the medical tourists] are from outside the country,” Linda Abdullah Ali, head of the medical tourism office at the health regulation department of the DHA, told reporters at the 10th World Health Tourism Congress in Dubai on Sunday. The medical-purpose visits to Dubai generated AED1 billion in revenue during the six-month period, Ali said. Dubai had set a target last year to welcome 500,000 medical tourists by 2020, but it will now exceed it by 12-13 per cent, she said.