Dubai: A preferred destination for medical tourism

According to director, Dr. William Dental Center, Dr. Ihab William, Dubai stands as a preferred destination for medical tourism, as demand for cosmetic dentistry in Dubai is three times more than in Lebanon due to the advancement of the sector, convenience and the city’s proximity to other GCC countries.

This news comes at a time when Dubai Health Authority has revealed plans in the pipeline to boost the proportion of foreign visitors coming for medical treatment into Dubai by almost 12 per cent, with a target of 500,000 medical tourists by 2020. This is forecast to bring in revenues totalling $707.8 million from medical tourism alone.

William explained: “Dubai has an ambitious vision regarding medical tourism and cosmetic dentistry, as the emirate has proven over the years that it has what it takes to become the medical capital of the Arab region, thanks to advanced levels of both therapeutic and cosmetic services.”

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“We have a significant client base from outside the UAE, who fly all the way over seeking outstanding dentistry services. We have witnessed footfall from various countries, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan. Our experience has proved that happy patients refer new patients from everywhere. People now rely more on actual experience of others, they even go online to look for reviews or try to understand a certain concept through social media,” William added.

He concluded by saying: “The advanced cosmetic dentistry sector in Dubai is proof that we keep abreast of the latest global innovations, not only to meet the demand of local customers but also to contribute to the Emirate’s 2020 targets. The highly competitive market will help to meet this goal of 500,000 by 2020, and enable Dubai to maintain its leadership position in this field regionally.”