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null Ministry of Economy and DHA sign MoU to promote medical tourism and attract more health tourists to the UAE

27 Sep 2022

Ministry of Economy and DHA sign MoU to promote medical tourism and attract more health tourists to the UAE


Partnership to facilitate exchange of expertise in the fields of IP & patents to strengthen innovative capacity within the health sector



The Ministry of Economy and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote exchange of expertise, with an aim to drive medical tourism flows to the UAE and cement the country’s position as a favored medical and wellness tourism destination.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary at the UAE Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade Affairs, and Dr. Marwan Al Mulla, CEO of the Health Regulation Sector at the DHA.

Under the terms of the MoU, both sides will exchange expertise in the fields of intellectual property (IP) and patents to strengthen innovative capacity within the country’s institutional environment, further promoting creativity and knowledge economy in line with the principles of the 50.

H.E. Al Kait said: “In line with our wise leadership’s directives, the UAE has succeeded in consolidating its position as one of the leading tourism destinations, both regionally and globally. Furthermore, the country continues to build on its reputation as a distinguished and sustainable tourism destination for most of the tourism activities.” He further noted that medical tourism is one of the key areas in which the UAE has achieved constant growth and established a prestigious reputation on the regional and international tourism landscape. The country today is one of the top destinations for medical and wellness tourists from around the world.

He added: “The new partnership with DHA opens up new prospects to promote the regulatory frameworks of medical tourism within the country as one of the key pillars to developing the tourism sector. We will work with DHA to enhance the attractiveness of national medical tourism sector and attract more health tourists to the country. We will help promote the diversity and development of the medical tourism environment, as well as the world-class integrated health services offered by the medical institutions in Dubai and the UAE, and offer more incentives, facilities, and innovative services that enhance the country’s competitiveness in the field.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Marwan Al Mulla emphasized the significance of this collaboration in facilitating joint efforts to promote the UAE’s achievements in the medical tourism field, in addition to the facilities and treatment packages offered by health facilities with various specializations.

Dr. Al Mulla added: “The compatibility, progress and flexibility of the UAE’s health sector legislation, as well as the availability of exceptional diagnostic and medical services based on the latest technologies and smart solutions are all factors that effectively contribute to enhancing the country’s competitiveness as an ideal destination for medical tourism.”

He further expressed the DHA’s pride in collaborating with the Ministry of Economy and other strategic partners to increase the number of medical tourists flocking to the UAE to benefit from superior medical services offered by its state-of-the-art health facilities.

Pursuant to the signing of the MoU, the Ministry and DHA’s teams will work together to support events and conferences related to medical tourism. They will further facilitate the visit of tourism delegations to health facilities in the country; launch marketing campaigns that highlight the unique features of the UAE’s tourism and treatment centers, as well as support participation in exhibitions and workshops related to the field. These efforts are set to disseminate the culture of medical tourism, exchange expertise in the fields of shared interest, and cement the collaboration in technological training fields to enhance the qualifications of administrative staff

Under the agreement, the Ministry of Economy will also offer a set of specialized training programs and workshops in the field of intellectual properties and patents to DHA employees. This will contribute to promoting innovation and a culture of copyrights within the Authority, and help organize events and activities in innovative and intellectual property fields.

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