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Dubai posts $211m revenues from medical tourism in Q1

Dubai Health Authority says more than 118,000 tourists treated across 16 private hospitals in the emirate

Dubai posts $211m revenues from medical tourism in Q1
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Dubai has treated a total of 118,727 domestic and inbound medical tourists in the first quarter of 2015.

The patients were received across 16 private hospitals licensed by Dubai Health Authority (DHA) as members of Dubai Medical Tourism Club.

Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, director of health regulation and the Dubai Medical Tourism project at the DHA, said medical tourism revenues totalled more than AED778 million ($211.8 million) in Q1 compared to AED652.7 million for the whole of 2012.

"Our target for 2016 was AED1.18 billion but we will surpass this soon and we aim to surpass our 2020 target which is AED2.6 billion by an additional 20 percent."

Dubai is seeking to position itself within the top 15 destinations in the world for medical tourism and the first in the region.

According to the Medical Tourism Destination Index (MTDI) which was published by the Medical Tourism Association in 2014, Dubai ranked 17th.

Marzouqi said that 46 percent of the medical tourists travelling to Dubai are from Asian countries, 25 percent are from GCC and Arab countries, 13 percent are from African countries and the remaining 16 percent are from other countries of the world, mainly UK and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.

Almost 44 percent of the medical tourists are in the age group of 25 to 45 years and 10 percent are 65 years and above.

The top health specialties availed by the medical tourists are orthopedics surgeries, dental treatments and cosmetics dermatology.

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