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New deal aims to make Abu Dhabi a top medical tourism destination

Mubadala Investment Company, through its healthcare arm, has signed an agreement with Nirvana Travel and Tourism

New deal aims to make Abu Dhabi a top medical tourism destination
Mubadala Investment Company, through its healthcare arm, has signed an agreement with Nirvana Travel and Tourism.

Mubadala Investment Company, through its healthcare arm, has signed an agreement with Nirvana Travel and Tourism to work together to establish Abu Dhabi as a leading medical tourism destination.

The areas of collaboration will focus on potential visitors from the GCC, MENA, Russia, China and India, and will include aspects such as creating attractive and all-inclusive medical tourism packages, as well as exploring joint marketing and business opportunities, a statement said.

Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi, head of Mubadala Healthcare, said: “By working together, Mubadala and Nirvana can ensure that patients will experience only the highest standards across the full spectrum of treatment and travel.”

Alaa Al Ali, Nirvana CEO, added: “Abu Dhabi’s huge investments into medical tourism have significantly boosted the sector and created numerous opportunities for us to enhance it. Cooperation between government agencies and partnership with the private sector contribute to making the capital a viable international medical hub.

"Nirvana and Mubadala will work together to meet the needs of patients drawn from abroad thus complementing Mubadala’s efforts to enhance the local healthcare sector utilizing existing healthcare expertise and the advanced infrastructure found here.”

He said Abu Dhabi currently attracts patients from more than 80 countries, adding: "We are optimistic and eager to make Abu Dhabi a key strategic market player worldwide, by keeping track of medical trends and factors that fuel the development of the medical tourism sector.”

The partnership between the medical and tourism entities follows  the lead set by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health and Department of Culture and Tourism. As part of their collaboration, the departments have jointly set up a patient portal that will serve as a one-stop shop where potential medical tourists can find useful information.

Al Shamsi added: “This is the first of many partnerships we intend to establish to promote sustainable growth in medical tourism, in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and efforts to diversify our economy."

Mubadala's healthcare network includes Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, National Reference Laboratory, Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre, Capital Health Screening Centre and Amana Healthcare.

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