All you need to know about the Dubai Healthcare Industry

  • July 14, 2020


Healthcare is one of the most important things to consider for relocating employees, families and individual safety and security. With the UAE being ranked as the most popular destination for talent migration, Dubai in particular is ranked as the world’s most popular destination for professionals seeking work abroad. And after the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of a robust healthcare is more essential than ever.

The aging population and rising healthcare costs around the globe have created opportunities for popular destinations like Dubai that has rapidly invested in its healthcare facilities, built infrastructure and capitalize on the demand for health tourism. Medical treatments have become an important consideration for many expats, local nationals and people who seek medical treatment.

Whether you are a thriving expat in Dubai or attracted for the strength of medical tourism being offered in Dubai, planning for your healthcare must be a priority. Here, we learn more about the Dubai Healthcare and why health tourism is a big business in Dubai.


The Dubai Healthcare Authority

Dubai has one of the best public healthcare systems in the world due to its world-class infrastructure, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent healthcare services. Hence, Dubai has become the hub for health tourism in the Middle East. The Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA) runs and oversees both the private and public healthcare in the Emirate. The Emirate has four major government hospitals namely: Dubai Hospital in Al Khaleej Road, Deira; Rashid Hospital in Umm Hurair; Latifa Hospital in Al Jaddaf and Hatta Hospital near Hatta Hill Park, Dubai.

DHA’s network of hospitals and health centres are equipped with world-class facilities, emergency departments, multi-disciplinary hospitals and inpatient and outpatient services. Medical practitioners, doctors and nurses are also diverse thereby making English the most commonly spoken language among its staff.


The Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai is also home to the largest medical free zone with the development of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). The flagship project has 160 clinical partners including hospitals, outpatient medical centres and diagnostic laboratories across more than 150 specializations with licensed professionals from over 90 countries. The development boasts of a healthy US $71.3 Billion industry in 2020.


Have your health checks in Dubai

Although many countries offer medical tourism, Dubai is an interesting and competitive place for people seeking medical care and other pursuits. The Dubai Health Authority has a medical tourism strategy in place with the aim of developing its healthcare sector. Through this strategy, medical centres and service providers have focused and helped inbound patients’ airport-to-airport needs.

Whether it is an outpatient or inpatient treatment and a minor or major surgery, people are looking at the many aspects towards a successful treatment. For instance, it is essential to consider the length of the recovery period. Some patients also take this moment to relax and combine their medical treatment with their holiday. Health tourists can book their flights, make arrangements and recuperate in Dubai until they are deemed fit to go home.


Aftercare in and out of Dubai

The Dubai Health Authority is at the forefront for those who seek medical treatment. And after a surgery or a procedure is done, the DHA patient’s portal helps in planning every aspect of a trip until the patient’s aftercare.  The service offers the needs for those travelling for their treatment and recovery back home.

Once back home, the patient can access the portal through any device and gain control over the patient’s records, patient files, medications, and images. As a patient, you will always have control of your own data. This is done through DHA’s smart data centre for storage of patient records and files.

Through their innovation and leadership, the Dubai Health sector attracts many companies, innovators and entrepreneurs into the country. This is a testament that the government wants to adopt many new technologies and create opportunities for many practitioners in the healthcare industry from around the world.