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UAE medical tourism to grow 15% annually

Medical tourism is expected to generate Dh7 billion annually by 2010

Medical tourism could generate up to Dh7 billion each year for the UAE by 2010, Gulf News reports today.

The Abu Dhabi Chamber of commerce and Industry (ADCCI) issued a report last week predicting that the country’s medical tourism will grow by 15% annually. The UAE expects to receive more than 11.2 million tourists by 2010.

The report recommends establishing new hospitals, hotels and resorts as well as easing the visa process for treatment tourists and encouraging investment in the healthcare sector.

Global revenues from medical tourism exceeded $56 billion last year, according to the report.

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