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Professional Convention Management Association

April 18 2016

Where You Can Find The Perfect Prescription For Medical & Pharmaceutical Meetings

Jeanna Hofmeister

Dubai has an impressive track record as the host city for national and international events focused on the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare research industries, and its leaders are committed to bringing even more delegates to Dubai. Dubai’s Zayed University, one of the UAE’s leading academic institutions, is putting a serious focus on inviting a greater number of international academic conferences to Dubai – encouraging its academic professionals to call on association and organization partners as prospects for future meetings and events.

The premise is simple. Increased international business events grow economic development, knowledge and job creation. When it comes to the healthcare sector, Dubai is a formidable challenger, acknowledged as a front-runner in medical care, education, research, development, manufacturing and technical support services. That leadership has occurred in a surprisingly short time, with a strategy implemented over the last 40 years.

A Prescription For Success

While Dubai’s World Trade Center offers space to easily accommodate meetings and conventions of up to 15,000 attendees, world-class facilities, such as DuBiotech and Dubai Healthcare City, offer excellent opportunities for delegates to gain first-hand knowledge and experience during site inspections and training programs as part of a conference. An extensive range of other medical facilities provide additional options for learning. 

Dubai’s success at hosting medical meetings and events played out in January 2016, when the Arab Health & Exhibition Congress brought 4,000 companies to exhibit their latest innovations to more than 130,000 healthcare professionals from 163 countries. Next year, the Arab Health Congress will feature 20 separate conferences with internationally recognized experts and speakers. With such a compelling cast of healthcare visionaries, Dubai will be the ultimate destination for the medical industry; more than 13,000 delegates from around the globe are expected to come for the congress.

More Than Meeting Facilities

Outside of meeting and exhibition space, Dubai delivers a wide range of venues for off-site learning and research opportunities. The Dubai Health Authority has embarked on a major revamp of several existing hospitals while future plans call for developing 40 new primary healthcare centers and three new hospitals, along with three new medical colleges and five nursing schools over the next 10 years.

Dubai HealthCare City (DHCC), which opened in 2002, is now home to two hospitals and more than 120 outpatient clinics and medical labs and the Dubai School of Dental Medicine. A prime location for off-site delegate learning opportunities, this hub of medical excellence will soon feature even more interesting options to build industry knowledge. Complementing the medical and meeting facilities at DHCC, the Al Jalila Foundation Research Center will open this year. As the UAE’s first independent multi-disciplinary medical research center, will bring local and international scientists together to discover solutions to some of the world’s biggest healthcare challenges.

The Strategy To Become A Leader In Medical Tourism

Hoping to become an internationally-recognized medical destination for selective health and wellness procedures, Dubai, by 2020, hopes to attract more than a half-million medical tourists annually. The related economic boost will lead to further investments in the city’s growing healthcare industry while continuing to build its cutting-edge reputation. As a growing knowledge hub, Dubai is poised to pave the way for scientific and technical advances in medicine, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

A Healthy Future

Dubai’s continued investment in and expansion of their healthcare industries provides a platform for innovation and inspiration opportunities for future meetings and events. While DuBiotech expands upon their commitment to fostering businesses and industries in the life sciences sector, conferences like last year’s Digital Health Live exhibition offered a glimpse into the future of digital medicine with interactive exhibits like the Digital Home and Digital Hospital. Participants were even invited to experience a Digital Wellness and Gamification Zone, where they had the opportunity to interact with games and gadgets that may one day become valuable learning tools about vital health and wellness information.

To find out why Dubai could be the perfect remedy for your next medical meeting or event, contact:


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