Dubai's Healthcare Sector
Dubai has a well-developed healthcare sector. Facilities are comparable to the best in the world. It is developing fast as a destination for medical tourism. Dubai has relatively small costs as compared to western countries, and virtually no waiting period for treatments.
There are public hospitals which offer free or very low-cost services to Dubai residents. An expatriate needs to have a health card to be treated at one of these hospitals. The health card is available from the Department of Health and Medical Services.
Private hospitals and clinics also offer a high standard of service. Dubai has more than 30,000 health care professionals in 3,000 facilities. These numbers will grow to 40,000 healthcare professionals in 4,000 facilities by 2020.
In 2002, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, launched the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). It is a massive development aimed at raising the level of healthcare services in Dubai to the highest levels anywhere in the world. DHCC houses two hospitals, more than 120 outpatient facilities and over 4000 medical professionals.
DHCC is also investing heavily in medical research and education, with a view to advancing the state of the healthcare industry in the Middle East.