ATM 2017 offers a healthy outlook
Medical Tourism is now an established travel industry sector of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM). This year saw a rise in exhibitors specialising in this area – medical travel representation companies, individual medi-spas, clinics and medical destinations.
Exhibiting as a dedicated health and wellness destination, The Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) showcased its developments as it progresses in its vision to become an internationally recognised location for quality healthcare.
With more than 165 clinical partners which include hospitals, outpatient centres, diagnostic laboratories across 120 specialties, it is attracting reputable international names, such as Moorfields Eye Hospital. Dubai Healthcare City describes itself as an integrated centre of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research. Spread over 4 million square feet, it is located in the heart of Dubai in Oud Metha and is the largest of its kind in this area.
Dubai is examining the wellness sector at a deeper level, striving for the optimal state of health for individuals and communities. This has moved DHCC’s development plans to Phase 2 which is dedicated to wellness and occupies 19 million square feet in Al Jaddaf Dubai, overlooking Dubai Creek.
Following a similar healthy pathway, news during ATM revealed the Health Authority Abu Dhabi and the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority signed an agreement to establish a medical tourism network to serve patients from abroad. The new system will ensure that visas, hospital bookings, translation services and aftercare are handled efficiently. Medical Tourism is an integral part of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision to diversify its economy. To further establish the significance of the medical travel sector in Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Hospital also attended with an aim to increase its share of the international market.
The average length of stay for medical tourists is between seven and 10 days. The country currently only captures a small share of the market while Dubai leads the region.