Why medical tourists go to Dubai


Four medical specialities have taken a large number of medical tourists to Dubai in the last two years says Dr Laila Al Marzouqi of the Dubai Medical Tourism Project.

The figures from 26 private and public hospitals in Dubai show that the four key areas in 2015 and 2016 were orthopaedics (34%), dental (29%), eye surgery (18%) and IVF treatment.

Orthopaedics (Treatment includes sports medicine, hip replacements, spinal injuries and knee replacements)

  • Asia: 57%
  • Arab and GCC: 21%
  • European countries: 12%
  • African countries: 7%

Dental (Crowns, implants, tooth whitening, dentures and veneers)

  • Asia: 63%
  • Arab and GCC: 20%
  • Africa: 8%
  • Europe: 7%

Eye surgery (Vision correction, corneal graft, surgical treatment of glaucoma and strabismus)

  • Asia: 48%
  • Arab and GCC: 31%
  • Europe: 12%
  • Africa: 6%

According to Marzouqi, medical tourism from within the UAE and from other regions has brought in more than Dh1 billion in revenues and is expected to grow at 13% a year for the next five years.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) statistics show that in 2015 there were 630,831 medical tourists (including domestic and international patients) and that includes 298,359 from outside of the UAE, 46% of the total.

The Dubai medical tourism website DHX and app on both the Android platform and App Store allow medical tourists from any part of the world to select medical packages and take prior appointments from a list of 42 approved private and public hospitals and clinics in Dubai that are part of the DXH group.



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