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Health Tourism Department To Promote ’Dubai Health Experience’ At WTM London

The Dubai Health Authority, DHA, the government entity in Dubai that oversees the emirate’s health sector, announced that the Health Tourism Department is participating at this year’s edition of the World Travel Market London WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, which began today and will conclude on 7th November, 2018 at ExCeL London.

The Health Tourism Department will be focusing on the emirate’s world-class healthcare services, finest medical expertise, and the extensive range of health and wellness options designed for health-conscious travellers while on holiday.

Over the last few decades, Dubai has achieved phenomenal success in its efforts to become one of the world’s leading tourism destinations ably backed by world-class hospitality services and a robust aviation sector, which has served as key drivers in attracting tourists from around the world.

Dubai continues to be the No. 1 medical tourism destination in the Arab region and 16th in the world, as per the Medical Tourism Index, a report that ranks countries and cities based on their attractiveness as a medical tourism destination. Dubai’s strategic location, the availability of skilled medical talent and the latest technology, have empowered the emirate to develop a strong position in the global health tourism sector.

The Dubai Health Experience, DXH, brand, created by the DHA, will be presented at the Dubai Stand to showcase a range of health and wellness services capable of providing a distinctive travel experience.

Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, CEO, Dubai Health Regulation Sector, DHA, said, "Health regulation plays a pivotal role in the healthcare industry, especially in the move to provide extensive healthcare to both residents and tourists. Our evaluation criteria for the empanelled healthcare facilities for health tourism are very stringent. We have to pave the way for new medical advancements along with Dubai’s growth as a global destination for health tourism. We also ensure that physicians have an ethical, moral and social responsibility to further the field, while also providing a safe and high-quality healthcare to every individual who accesses the system."

DXH aims to provide an extensive range of medical diagnosis and treatment options across different specialties, including cosmetic, dental, orthopaedic, fertility treatments, among others. DXH will also promote its quick appointment services through its website, which features a comprehensive line-up of medical packages from an established network of over 65 healthcare facilities offering various medical specialties including orthopaedic, ophthalmology, dental, assisted reproduction methods, cosmetics, preventive health check-up, sports medicine, dermatology, weight loss management, surgeries and other wellness products and services.

DXH will also highlight Dubai’s tourist-friendly policies, numerous highly-qualified health centres and infrastructure built to meet global standards, as well as internationally-trained professional staff, who understand the needs and culture of tourists. The emirate offers a 90-day medical tourism visa in cooperation with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, which is renewable for an additional 30 days, depending on the procedure and the patient’s case.

Dubai also houses the region’s first holistic well-being resort by Mgallery, with the Rayya Wellness Centre at the heart of the resort. Inspired by a 360-degree holistic wellness concept, the centre offers organic products and an uplifting relaxation and rejuvenation experience. Wellness experts, including lifestyle coaches, expert nutritionists, dedicated wellness chefs, and naturopathic consultants advise and guide the guests through every aspect of their wellness journeys. There are six tailor-made retreats that have been expertly designed to relax and revive the mind, body and spirit. Packages range from three to fourteen nights and include programmes such as Renew - focussed on detox and cleansing; Revive - centred around emotional wellbeing, and Reshape - a dedicated fitness and nutrition package to attain a healthier.

In 2017, DHA also developed DXH Smartcare, a medical tourism platform that was launched with Health Bank that provides a single point of contact for patients seeking a more personalised and holistic health and wellness support system.

The DHA is also now working on enlisting a roster of medical tourism facilitators and travel operators that would promote the emirate’s distinctive healthcare services. The strategy is aimed at equipping travel partners with the right platform to develop end-to-end solutions and packages for key specialties intended for specific markets especially for dental care, cosmetics and dermatology, and wellness services.

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