|09-21-2014, 07:42 PM||#1|
UAE Initiates Backbones of a Leading Healthcare Hub
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced it has employed over 500 nurses from abroad in order to invigorate the expansion of healthcare in the Emirates.
Health chiefs in Dubai said a total of 531 nurses have been recruited from various countries, including India, the Philippines and Jordan. Many of the nurses are highly specialized, according to Abdulla Balhouma, head of planning and recruitment section at the DHA.
“The move is in line with the growth of the health sector in Dubai. Few of the DHA’s projects will be completed shortly; therefore we began the recruitment drive.” said the DHA, citing it has been working with a number of medical colleges in the UAE to recruit Emirati nurses.
This is only the latest step to shape the strategy that aims to make the UAE, and more specifically Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a major medical tourism hub and medical research center within the next few years.
The UAE recently announced an amended visa policy with new options specifically introduced for medical tourists.
DHA officials have also confirmed that Dubai’s first medical tourism package for overseas patients, which will including treatment costs, visa, accommodation and recreational activities for families who accompany the patient, will be launched later this year.
Also, officials this Saturday from Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) and LIFE Pharma announced the beginning of construction work on the first pharmaceutical research and manufacturing plant in the GCC region to produce anti-cancer drugs.
Dubai is aiming to lure up to 500,000 people per year for medical tourism by 2020, which alone could contribute as much as AED2.6 billion to its gross domestic product .
The newly grounded projects for medical research and medical tourism attraction only affirms the confidence in the growth outlook for the UAE and Dubai, with recent government data showing pre- recession growth rates in Dubai, especially in terms of hospitality that showed the third year in a row of double-digit growth.
The UAE has doubled its healthcare budget since 2007 and is now ranked among the top 20 destinations for medical tourism.
The UAE’s decision to establish itself on the world map of medical research and tourism further emphasizes the potential of such industries for a developed country with the caliber of the Emirates.
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