Dubai targets 500,000 medical tourists by 2020 with new website

World’s first medical tourism portal looks to double the number of international medical tourists over next three years
Dubai targets 500,000 medical tourists by 2020 with new website
Sheikh Hamdan, Dubai Crown Prince, launches the Dubai Health Authoritys project to boost medical tourism in the emirate. (Wam)
By Staff writer
Mon 11 Apr 2016 02:14 PM

The world’s first medical tourism portal has been launched in Dubai with aim of increasing the number of international medical tourists to 500,000 by 2020.

Sheikh Hamdan, Dubai Crown Prince launched ‘Dubai Health Experience’ (DXH), the online portal that allows international medical tourists to book medical procedures via a website (www.dxh.ae), and avail of a discounted travel rates.

Dubai attracted 630,833 international and domestic medical tourists in 2015, generating over $400 million (AED 1.5 Billion) in revenues, with 296,491 (47%) of the those tourists coming from international countries.

Driven by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the website will offer medical packages for procedures like wellness, cosmetic and dental services, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and physiotherapy.

Medical tourists who book the procedures through the website www.dxh.ae at any of the 25 healthcare centres in Dubai that are part of the DXH Group, will able to access special discounted airfares through Emirates, as well as a visa, medical insurance, hotel stay, leisure activities and a marhaba service for airport transfer.

Dubai has more than 3,000 health facilities ranging from hospitals and clinics to advanced surgery centres, with more than 35,000 health specialists working in the sector. These numbers are expected to grow to 40,000 specialists and 4,000 health centres by 2020.

The DHA said the initiative is aligned with the plan launched by Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai, to develop the tourism sector and make Dubai city a hub for medical, family and shopping tourism capable of attracting over 500,000 tourists with the advent of Expo 2020 Dubai.

the move comes in lines with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to develop the tourism sector and make Dubai city a hub for medical, family and shopping tourism capable to woo over 500,000 tourists with the advent of Expo 2020 Dubai.

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