By Sam Bridge
Etihad will offer specific medical travel packages to key markets around the world for treatments at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Etihad Airways and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have signed an agreement, the first of its kind in the region between an airline and medical services provider, to promote the UAE capital as a premier medical travel destination.
As part of the agreement, Etihad will offer specific medical travel packages to key markets around the world, delivering a single solution for booking flights, accommodation and medical treatments at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which covers more than 40 medical and surgical specialties.
Tony Douglas, group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Abu Dhabi has seen substantial global investment further strengthening its medical services, and we’re proud to play a part in making this world-class healthcare more easily accessible.”
The move to cooperate on medical travel services was announced as part of both companies’ support for Abu Dhabi’s wider strategy to become a leading centre for medical tourism, announced earlier this year by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health and the Department of Culture and Tourism.
Dr Rakesh Suri, CEO at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Etihad Airways, an organisation that mirrors our dedication to maintaining the highest levels of safety and quality at all times.”
With a fleet of more than 108 aircraft flying to destinations across the globe, Etihad Airways will bring Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s services to new markets.
In 2018, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi treated 1,380 international patients from more than 93 countries. Since opening its doors in 2015, it has performed a number of UAE and regional firsts, including the UAE’s first heart, liver and lung transplants.
In 2019, it broke ground on a new oncology centre.