According to a survey presented by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) during the ongoing Arab Travel Market in Dubai, Dubai would host 630,000 foreign health tourists in 2021.

Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, foreign patient spending reached over AED730 million last year.

According to the survey, Asian countries accounted for 38 percent of all health tourists in Dubai, while Europe accounted for 24 percent and Arab and GCC countries accounted for 22 percent.

#Men made up 55% of overseas health tourists, while women made up 45 percent. International health tourists received about 70% of their treatment at multidisciplinary clinics, 16% at hospitals, and 14% at one-day surgery centres.

Dermatology (43 percent), dentistry (18 percent), and obstetrics (14 percent) were the three medical disciplines that drew the most health tourists (16 percent ). Orthopedics, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, health and wellness, and reproductive treatments were among the other medical specialisations.

The report included thorough data on health tourism and medical specialisations in high demand, including:

The top three regions that attracted dental tourists were the Arab and GCC region with 45 percent, Asia with 28 percent, and Europe with 15 percent.

Asia (31%) was the most popular destination for dermatology tourists, followed by Europe (27%), and the Arab and GCC region (27%). (26 percent ).

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

Asia (36 percent), Europe (29 percent), and the Arab and GCC region were the top three regions from which health tourists came for orthopaedic surgery treatment (17 percent ).

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

Asia accounted for 33% of health tourists seeking ophthalmic care, followed by the Arab and Gulf Cooperation Council region (23%), and Africa (18%).

Asia (34 percent), Africa (24 percent), and Europe were the top three regions in terms of fertility treatments (19 percent ).

Europe (45 percent), the Arab and GCC region (25 percent), and Asia were the top three regions from which health tourists visited for medical treatment (12 percent ).

The Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, emphasised Dubai’s health tourism products’ extraordinary global competitiveness, as well as the health sector’s great growth and advancement over the last decade. Dubai’s rise as a worldwide health tourism destination shows the emirate’s health infrastructure and facilities’ high efficiency and capacities, as well as the safe and high-quality interdisciplinary healthcare it provides, he said.

He went on to say that the report shows that a large number of health tourists visiting Dubai came from countries with a long history in the medical field, demonstrating Dubai’s high level of healthcare development across governmental, private, and multinational institutions, as well as its expertise in a variety of medical specialties. He emphasised the importance of the Dubai Health Authority.

Al Ketbi applauded the tight collaboration between the private and public health sectors, which is based on a shared goal of providing the highest quality medical care and ensuring Dubai’s position as a global leader in medical tourism.