The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a major hub for medical tourism and health travel. With over 140 medical organizations accredited by the Joint Commission International, it has hospitals and clinics to suit every medical need.
The UAE is located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula and has a vibrant population of 9.2 million people. It is home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and busiest airport, Dubai International Airport. The largest cities are Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the capital, and Sharjah.
Dubai is a six hour flight from London and a 12 hour flight from NYC. It has an excellent infrastructure which makes getting to hospitals effortless and the hospitality to make hospitals stays as comfortable as possible. It is also an excellent tourist destination so that recovery times can be enjoyable.
Because of the wide range of medical options in the UAE, medical travelers should take time to research what is available. These three hospitals are excellent candidates to start.
Burjeel Hospital is Abu Dhabi’s largest private tertiary hospital. It is equipped with the advanced facilities and equipment for diagnosis, and also has renown specialists and medical personnel. It has 282 inpatient beds, 10 operating rooms, and a wide range of patient suites. Centers of excellence include cardiology, opthalmology, oncology, and fertility (IVF). Located off Al Nadja Street, Burjeel Hospital focuses on healing beyond just medical treatment. By creating a beautiful atmosphere and offering caring staff, the positive energy assists with bringing patients back to wellness.
American Hospital Dubai
American Hospital Dubai was the first private hospital in the Middle East to be accredited by the Joint Commission International. Established to replicate American medical standards, the doctors are North American Board Certified or have equivalent training programs as found in the U.S., UK, or Canada. The hospital also joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network which gives it access to the latest research and practices of the Mayo Clinic and allows it to collaborate on medical efforts. American Hospital Dubai has an extensive international patient department and estimates that 20% of patients come from outside of the UAE. Centers of excellence include a heart and vascular center, orthopedics and total joint reconstruction center, and a wide range of health screening packages. Located on 19th Street just off Oud Metha Road next to the Movenpick Hotel, it’s easy to reach in Dubai.
Zulekha Hospital was founded in 1992 in Sharjah by the esteemed Dr. Zulekha Daud and has 150 inpatient beds. The hospital specializes in bariatric surgery, minimally invasive surgeries, and joint replacement surgeries, and high risk cardiac care. In addition to supporting UAE patients, Zulekha Hospital also provides support for international patients with an extensive international patient department which provides travel booking assistance so that visiting the hospital is frictionless. Patients requiring dialysis during vacations to the UAE can also rely on Zulekha Hospital to provide excellent service for this treatment. Zulekha has an additional 79 bed hospital in Dubai.
Because of the high quality hospitals in the UAE, it makes sense to consider it as a health destination, either directly or while on vacation. The Emirati culture of caring for patients throughout the entire experience and the focus on returning patients to full health is what makes these hospitals so valuable for the health traveler.