In pictures: Crown Prince of Dubai attends Dubai International Health Tourism Forum
The two-day forum attracted 500 experts in health, travel, and tourism at the Madinat Jumeirah.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, attended on Tuesday the Dubai International Health Tourism Forum. Sheikh Hamdan was accompanied by Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, Humaid Al Qutami; Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs Dubai, Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri; Secretary-General of the Executive Council, Abdullah Mohammed Al Basti; Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, and CEO of the Dubai World Trade Centre, Helal Saeed Almarri. The Health Tourism Council continues its efforts to enable Dubai to become a global health tourism destination and a gateway to the finest medical experts and premier accredited healthcare facilities, while providing a unique experience to visitors in the iconic city of Dubai. Authority said that it has made significant progress in achieving its strategic objectives related to attracting more than 500,000 health tourists by 2020 in the light of its achievements in infrastructure of health facilities, upgrading medical services, and providing a healing environment. During the panel discussion on the day one of the Dubai International Health Tourism Forum at Madinath Jumeriah. The forum, themed "Reimagining Experience", will discuss the latest trends in health tourism, methodologies to ensure patient protection, patient insurance, ways to enhance patient experience, as well as strategies to create an overall environment that fosters medical tourism. Dubai has become the first in medical tourism destination in the region and 16th globally. Humaid Al Qutami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of DHA, said, "In line with the vision of our leaders, the DHA is working towards developing a robust medical tourism sector in Dubai. In 2016, Dubai witnessed an overall growth of 9-10 percent in the number of medical and health tourists in Dubai. During the panel discussion on the day one of the Dubai International Health Tourism Forum at Madinath Jumeriah. Dubai’s attractive location along with the availability of high quality medical professionals and technology has enabled the city to build a strong and favourable platform to build its medical tourism capabilities. Dr. Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of Health Tourism Council, said, "Dubai’s efforts are aimed at easing the entire patient journey. Today, Dubai is able to appeal to a wider audience who may be on the lookout for more wellbeing-related treatments in line with international benchmarks." 40 regional and international experts participate in the forum, which will include eight interactive sessions, 23 specialised lectures and a special summit for ambassadors and diplomats.