Dubai is quite popular as a leisure and business destination all around the world. In recent years, the emirate has been making quite some advancements in another field, and that is healthcare.
People from all around the world fly into Dubai for availing healthcare services, considering that the emirate has a robust healthcare system including physicians from all parts of the world and healthcare institutions that fit all price brackets.
Data Published On Dubai Health Authority
As per data now published by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), there were a record-setting 4,482 private healthcare facilities registered in the emirate in 2022.
Also, the data from DHA shows that there has been a 61 per cent increase in licensed healthcare practitioners in the emirate bringing the total number over 55,200, and also a 45 per cent increase in the number of healthcare facilities in the emirate in comparison to the numbers over the past five years.
Talking about the achievements in the healthcare sector, Dr Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the Health Regulation Sector at Dubai Health Authority, said “DHA strives to fulfil the mandates in the healthcare sector to place Dubai as the best place in the entire world for availing top-notch healthcare, put in place by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.”
He also stated that “The state-of-the-art and modern infrastructure, top-notch investment, ease of completing regulatory processes, and forward-thinking based approaches, are the reasons that Dubai is able to attract such high numbers of specialised healthcare facilities and professionals into the emirate.”
Dr Mulla further added, “Under the leadership and guidance of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, we further aim to expand the private health facilities available in Dubai with the efforts to develop the healthcare sector in the emirate.”
DHA expects that in 2023 and the years ahead, there will be an estimated growth of 10-15 per cent in medical professionals and a growth of 3-6 per cent in the number of healthcare facilities.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) plays a major role in ensuring that both the public and private healthcare institutions in the emirate maintain their standards at all times, follow internationally approved and standard procedures for treatment, patient care, and other necessities, and all healthcare facilities in the emirate implement and follow all the regulations, policies, and related settings that are in place.
DHA also works to ensure that the public health system in the emirate focuses on providing a protective healthcare strategy for the people, thus ensuring that the health of the public in the emirate is safeguarded at all times and that the quality of life is improved.
The authority is also responsible for issuing licenses, establishing regulations, and monitoring both the healthcare facilities and medical professionals in the emirate.
Another recognition for Dubai’s health sector came in the form of the latest Medical Tourism Index, which ranked Dubai as the No. 1 healthcare destination in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Dubai also ranked No. 6 in the global ranking, and also took the No. 5 spot globally in the Quality of Facilities and Services sub-index.
The private healthcare sector in Dubai currently consists of 1,566 specialised outpatient clinics, 1,353 facilities offering pharmaceutical services, 417 school-based clinics, 410 centres offering optical care, 154 healthcare agencies offering services to home, 56 hospitals, 59 diagnostic centres, 57 centres for day-care surgery, 57 centres for traditional/alternative/complementary medicine, 49 laboratories for dental care, 21 centres specialised in offering healthcare services to people of determination, 17 facilities for medicine storage, 17 centres offering telehealth services, nine fertility care centres, six centres for dialysis services, three stem cell and cord blood centres, and a gastrointestinal endoscopy centre.
Many of the facilities listed above are capable of providing high-quality diagnostics and treatment services, specialized healthcare options, and also can undertake advanced surgical procedures.
The healthcare infrastructure in Dubai also has facilities that offer specialised treatment facilities. For instance. The Dubai Diabetes Centre offers extensive care facilities for patients suffering from various types of diabetes, whereas the Dubai Cancer Centre specializes in providing advanced treatment facilities for patients suffering from different types of cancer.
Dubai also has various advanced research centres in the healthcare domain. Notable among them is the Dubai Genomics Centre, which has its focus concentrated on the fields of personalized medicine and genetic research.
Healthcare facilities undergo detailed scrutiny by the Dubai Health Authority before being licensed to provide their services in the emirate. Several essential factors, such as the processes and healthcare standards followed, the quality and variety of services provided, the methods for treatment followed, the equipment and other technology used to offer the healthcare service, etc. are all considered while evaluating and allowing a healthcare facility with the DHA license.