Dubai has treated 118,727 domestic and inbound medical tourists in the first quarter of 2015, resulting in revenues of Dh778 million ($211.5 million) according to latest figures released by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).
The patients were received across 16 private hospitals licensed by DHA and these hospitals are members of Dubai Medical Tourism Club.
The data was collected through the E-sources system in collaboration with Dubai Statistics Center (DSC) and a committee from the Dubai Medical tourism Club. The DHA’s medical tourism office conducted a revalidation and verification process on the data received from the hospitals.
Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, director of Health Regulation and the Dubai Medical Tourism project at the DHA, said: “In 2012, the total revenue from medical tourism was Dh652 million ($177.5 million) and now in quarter one of 2015 the revenue is Dh778 million ($211.5 million).”
“We expect this number to multiply by the end of 2015. Our target for 2016 was Dh1.18 billion), but we will surpass this soon and we aim to surpass our 2020 target which is Dh2.6 billion by an additional 20 per cent.