Healthcare 20161226T150013 20170615T181404:636331472441760665 Key Sectors The quality of healthcare in Dubai is widely recognised as the best in the Middle East, drawing medical experts, specialists and mentors from across the world. The eminent surgeons, doctors, nursing staff and other medical professionals based at the unique Dubai Healthcare City free zone consistently set new benchmarks of excellence have instigated ground breaking initiatives that are now practised throughout the industry. Recognised as the region’s best medical experts and services

Identified as a priority by the government, the UAE healthcare sector has witnessed exceptional growth and significant progress over the past few years.

The healthcare sector is projected to advance at an annual average growth of 12.7 per cent from 2015 to $19.5 billion in 2020, according to the latest GCC Healthcare Industry report published by Alpen Capital. This is marginally higher than the projected 12.1 per cent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the overall Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) healthcare sector, which is estimated to grow from $40.3 billion in 2015 to $71.3 billion in 2020.

Dubai Health Strategy 2021 is set to boost the country’s medical industry. The five-year plan is aimed at improving the quality and cost effectiveness of the emirate’s health services and cementing ties between the public and private sectors based on four key areas: health and lifestyle, excellence in providing service, smart healthcare and governance. The government is also encouraging investment in medical tourism, industry-specific real estate development and e-health services.

According to Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of Health Regulation at Dubai Health  Authority (DHA), more than 250,000 medical tourists visited Dubai in the first half of 2015, with the figure expected to grow  12-13 per cent each year.

Arab Health is one of the region’s largest healthcare shows and brings together more than 4,000 companies exhibiting the latest innovations and developments in healthcare, from the launch of the world's largest wellness village at Dubai Healthcare City to the introduction of new 3D technology that is expected to revolutionise the industry.

At the Core Curriculum Review Course in Cardiothoracic Surgery, held in Dubai in April 2016 - the first time outside the UK or US - medical professionals from the UAE and 33 countries gathered to discuss rare operations, focussing on heart valve transplantation and bypass surgery. European doctors conducted switching valves and coronary artery bypass surgery for children, which was the first surgery of its kind in the UAE and the Gulf region.

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