Medical tourism ups ante with specialised service offerings Publication
ABU DHABI: Emirates Hospital, a leading healthcare facility owned by KBBO Group, has reaffirmed its commitment to providing medical services to tourists, particularly Chinese visitors.
During official visit and meeting with Dr Jia Xiao Fang, President of China International Health & Medical Tourism Association (CIHMTA), China’s largest Health Tourism and Medical Tourism Industry Platform, the CEO of Emirates Healthcare Group, said Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah aimed to support Dubai’s commitment to provide world class healthcare services to Chinese tourists and visitors.
“We are honoured to welcome Dr Jia Xiao Fang to our new hospital. We are committed to offer world-class treatments and facilities not only to domestic patients, but also tourists.
“The UAE and Dubai in particular with its best-in-class infrastructure, qualified doctors and quality services has turned into a hub for medical tourism and at Emirates Hospital, we aim to reinforce this position regionally and internationally,” said Pramod Balakrishnan, CEO, Emirates Healthcare.
Emirates Hospital, a 100-bed facility, owned by Abu Dhabi group KBBO, opened in October 2017 and recently added obstetrics, paediatrics, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), special care baby unit (SCBU), a radiology department, and an emergency room.
Dubai has generated over Dhs1.4 billion from the medical tourism sector with around 326,649 tourists visiting the emirate last year, according to Dubai Health Authority (DHA). It has been noted that the number of tourists from China visiting UAE has increased to a large extent as many Chinese travelers look to UAE and other Middle East destinations for better healthcare.
“We are not only impressed with the advanced healthcare facilities, but are overwhelmed with the specialised services offered by the hospital.
“I am confident that this visit will serve as a conduit to encourage Chinese citizens to travel to UAE for best healthcare services,” said Xiao Fang.
Dubai is a perfect example of a city aggressively targeting medical tourists with its plan to attract more than half a million arrivals by 2020.