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Left to right, Layla Al Marzouqi, director, Health Tourism Council, Dubai and Al Qutami Left to right, Layla Al Marzouqi, director, Health Tourism Council, Dubai and Al Qutami

First Dubai International Medical Tourism Forum

Themed Reimagining Experience, the first Dubai International Medical Tourism Forum is taking place on February 20 and 21.

World experts will discuss the latest trends in health tourism, methodologies to ensure patient protection, patient insurance, ways to enhance patient experience and strategies to create an overall environment that fosters medical tourism.

In 2016, revenue generated from international patients was worth over AED1 billion (USD272 million), reinforcing the sector’s growing contribution to Dubai’s national GDP.

H.E. Humaid Al Qutami, chairman, Dubai Health Authority, commented, “[…] In 2016, Dubai witnessed an overall growth of nine- 10 percent in the number of medical and health tourists […] the emirate received 326,649 international medical tourists.”

Dubai anticipates having 4,000 private health facilities and 40,000 health specialists by 2020.