Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced that it has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Medical Tourism Association. The MoU was signed during the World Medical Tourism and Global Health Congress which was held recently in Los Angeles, California. The MoU aims to promote the position of Dubai as a city for medical tourism.
The city has proved its capabilities as an interesting city for tourists. DHA aims to promote the city’s position as a medical tourism destination. Dubai is going to hold the regional Medical Tourism Congress, which will be organized during February 2011. The Congress will take place for the first time in the Middle East. Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, Director General of the DHA, said “In recent years, Dubai has seen a phenomenal growth in the health sector. Medical tourism is an integral aspect of healthcare, especially in the context of today’s globalised world,”
A marked increase in the number of patients who visit Dubai for treatment was reported. Therefore, DHA aims to improve the medical tourism section in the city. “The medical tourism industry generates over $30 billion worth of revenue annually. It is a huge industry globally and Dubai already has many factors that work to its benefit. At the DHA, we are strengthening our policies, regulations and further developing our healthcare capabilities to strengthen the medical tourism sector,” said Laila Al Jassmi, CEO of the Health Policy and Strategy Sector at the DHA. She added “At the DHA we consider the private sector to be a key stakeholder and thus both the public and the private health sector in Dubai will be a part of the medical tourism conference which takes place in 2011.”