Dubai welcomes 630,000 health tourists in 2021

DUBAI: Dubai welcomed 630,000 international health tourists in 2021, according to a report released by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) during the ongoing Arab Travel Market in Dubai.

Spending by international patients has reached almost AED 730 million in the past year despite the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The report said most of the health tourists who came to Dubai came from Asian countries, accounting for 38% of the total, while 24% came from Europe and 22% from Arab and GCC countries.

Fifty-five percent of international health tourists were male and 45 percent were female. Nearly 70% of the care provided to international health tourists was provided in multidisciplinary clinics, 16% in hospitals and 14% in day surgery centers. The three medical specialties that attracted the most health tourists were dermatology (43%), dentistry (18%) and gynecology (16%). Other medical specialties included orthopedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, health and wellness, and fertility treatments.

The report presented detailed statistics on health tourists and medical specialties that saw high demand: the top three regions that attracted health tourists to dentistry included the Arab and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region at 45%, Asia at 28% and Europe at 15%. percent.

The top three regions that attracted dermatology health tourists were Asia (31%), Europe (27%) and the Arab and GCC region (26%).

The top three regions in the field of gynecology were Asia (57%), Europe (15%) and the Arab and GCC region (13%).

The top three regions where health tourists came from for orthopedic surgery treatment were Asia (36%), Europe (29%) and the Arab and GCC region (17%) .

The top three regions in the field of plastic surgery were the Arab and GCC region (36%), Europe (31%) and Asia (14%).

The top three regions where health tourists came from for ophthalmology treatment were Asia at 33%, the Arab and GCC region at 23%, and Africa at 18%.

The top three regions for fertility treatments were Asia (34%), Africa (24%) and Europe (19%).

The top three regions where health tourists came from for hospital treatment were Europe (45%), followed by the Arab and GCC region (25%) and Asia (12%).

Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Health Authority, highlighted the exceptional global competitiveness of Dubai’s health tourism offerings and the tremendous growth and progress of its health sector over the past decade. Dubai’s emergence as a global health tourism destination reflects the high efficiency and capabilities of the emirate’s health infrastructure and facilities and the safe, high-quality multidisciplinary healthcare it offers, did he declare.

He further noted that the report reveals that several health tourists visiting Dubai come from countries with a long history in the medical sector, reflecting the high level of development of health care achieved by Dubai, through government, private or multinationals and its expertise in various medical fields. specialties. He emphasized that the Dubai Health Authority will continue to improve health tourism in line with Dubai’s aspirations and goals.

Al Ketbi praised the close cooperation between the private and government healthcare sectors based on a shared vision to provide the highest quality medical care and ensure Dubai is at the forefront of global cities in matter of medical tourism.

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