Dubai sees launch of $100m chain of travel clinics

Glosante aims to provide one-stop shop for travel medical needs; eyes expansion to 10 countries
Dubai sees launch of $100m chain of travel clinics
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 13 Dec 2014 10:04 AM

About $100 million is being invested in a new chain of clinics, which has been launched in Dubai, offering global travellers a one-stop-shop for mandatory and general medical services including vaccinations and health screening.

Glosanté officials said the company has been conceived in the context of many countries across the world insisting on preventive health checkups and screening prior to travel.

Dr Raman Sodhi, CEO, Glosanté, said: "Many countries require that travellers receive specific vaccinations before arrival to prevent infectious medical conditions.

"At Glosanté, we help travellers with preventive care for travel, coping with health conditions and administration of specific vaccinations if any, prior to travel. We aim to capture 15-20 percent of travel healthcare market in major cities wherever we will be present."

He said Glosanté will open in 10 countries across Asia, Middle East and Africa by 2015 with 52 centres.

He said in addition to its focus segment of travel healthcare, Glosanté will also offer preventive healthcare services to general public and in certain countries or geographies specialty services in case of requirement.

"We believe that we will be addressing a significant gap in the healthcare sector, particularly in relation to travel and preventive healthcare which is our core focus," Sodhi added.

In 2015, Glosanté clinics will open in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in the UAE, while across the Middle East and Asia it will have its presence in Jordan, Bahrain, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, South Africa, Philippines and Algeria.

"This expansion of Glosanté will also throw open job opportunities in respective local markets and we aim to directly employ approximately 1,500 people by the end of 2016 across all centres," Sodhi said, adding that Dubai is a springboard for the entity's expansion into other geographies.

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