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Medical free zone Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has been at the forefront of promoting medical tourism since it expanded its services and facilities to accommodate more medical tourists. It is working in tandem with the Dubai government in the latter’s drive of attracting 500,000 medical tourists a year and growing its economy by Dh2.6 billion by 2020.
DHCC initially rolled out specialty centers in the fields of dentistry, ophthalmology, orthopedics, cosmetic surgery and diabetes management. Recently, it announced the launching of a “wellness concept” that will provide medical travelers with aesthetic, holistic and surgical solutions. Under the concept, plans to build sports medicine facilities, nutrition centers, spa resorts and waterfront residences are in the works. The resorts and residences will be scattered within and around DHCC to accommodate surging medical tourist numbers. The free zone has also selected medical facilitators that will refer patients to the appropriate doctors, and process patient accommodation, travel and transportation needs.
Dubai’s medical tourism initiative allows overseas patients to be issued a medical tourist visa along with a package that covers hotel accommodation and recreational activities for accompanying family and relatives. The emirate aims to be part of a roster of top medical tourism destinations that include countries such as Singapore, US and Thailand.
DHCC houses hospitals, diagnostic centers and more than 100 outpatient medical units that are managed and run by thousands of licensed medical professionals. It also boasts an education and research unit, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC), which has forged partnerships and alliances with academic and medical institutions. The academic compound is equipped with a library, a medical simulation center, a conference complex and a method hall, and provides health practitioners access to programs in the allied health, medicine and nursing sectors.
• Government of Dubai aims to attract 500,000 tourists a year
• Dubai Healthcare City has launched a “wellness concept” for medical travelers
• It houses hospitals, diagnostic centers and outpatient medical units
Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer