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CNBC Arabia – MR Raghu – November 2021
UAE’s population is expected to increase from 9.9 million in 2020 to 10.7 million by 2030 and as the population increases, the need for healthcare facilities and services rises along with it. In 2018, UAE spent close to 4.2% of the country’s GDP on healthcare at USD 1,817 per capita. The government of UAE funds close to 52% of the healthcare expenditure while the rest is taken care of by the private sector. The UAE government has increased its healthcare budget to USD 1.4bn and 8.1% of the total budget in 2021 because of higher spending to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Urbanisation and rising disposable income have resulted in an aversion to exercise and consumption of processed foods leading to increasing instances of diseases such as diabetes, coronary problems and other obesity related illness that were not prevalent in the region previously. Currently, UAE’s healthcare infrastructure has been recognized as on par with international standards. Dubai is gaining popularity as a medical tourism destination due to its low cost, English speaking medical staff and virtually no queues for treatment. Mandatory Health Insurance introduced in Dubai and Abu Dhabi Emirates has played an important role in attracting the private healthcare providers to the market. The country has regulatory healthcare bodies with well-defined objectives and roles. IT and healthcare technologies are finding increasing use by the sector. UAE is also ramping up its investments in IT, supply chain, equipment management etc. Overall healthcare spending is projected to account for 5.1% of the country’s GDP by 2029.
Kuwait healthcare sector has been nurtured for many decades by the government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Défense and Petroleum Company hospitals. Though not at the top in global rankings, the country’s healthcare sector has reached a fair degree of maturity whether it is the number of beds installed, the number of physicians, dentists or nurses available. The country compares favourably with its GCC peers on many counts. No doubt, scope for further enhancement exists. This comprehensive report explores multiple dimensions of Kuwait Healthcare – current healthcare infrastructure, key causes of death, market size, and opportunities in associated segments such as pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and health insurance, growth drivers including measures in response to COVID-19, technology adoption in the sector, regulatory aspects and challenges.
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The Healthcare sector in Saudi Arabia holds huge potential to be a game-changer in the GCC region owing to its large population, high public healthcare expenditure to GDP ratio, encouraging new investments, and enactment of new business-friendly laws. This comprehensive report explores multiple dimensions of Saudi Arabia Healthcare – current healthcare infrastructure, opportunities in associated segments such as pharmaceuticals and health insurance, key growth drivers including measures undertaken on the COVID-19 front, technology adoption in the sector, regulatory aspects, and challenges. The report also profiles key players in the sector.
The food & beverage industry is one of the promising sectors in the GCC region and has shown a strong appetite for growth for a longer period. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a severe downfall in the industry growth and reduced the demand for people’s spending. The industry is one among the most affected by COVID-19 due to lockdowns, travel restrictions and social distancing. This report analyses the growth prospects for the sector and provides an insight into recovery prospects from COVID-19 impacted decline, regional versus global players, the key growth drivers and pain points, the impact of new trends like online ordering, and trends like cloud kitchens.
High GDP, increasing population, and high per capita income make Kuwait a popular destination for luxury retailers. Our report on the luxury retail sector in Kuwait provides comprehensive coverage of the sector, discussing the current state of luxury retail in terms of players, infrastructure, e-commerce, etc. It also provides insights on the impact of topical issues such as COVID-19, repatriation of expats in Kuwait on luxury retail. Factors that support the sector’s growth such as consumer behavior, retail infrastructure development, etc. have been discussed. The report also provides multiple data points that support the prospects of luxury retail in Kuwait such as income levels, consumer spending, demographics, tourism, etc.
A Webinar presented by Mr. M.R. Raghu, EVP and Head of Published Research at Markaz, titled: “Why Covid19 destroyed the economy but not the markets” to IMA Kuwait Chapter
M.R. Raghu, CFA, FRM, FCMA, Executive Vice President, Published Research, Kuwait Financial Centre – Markaz and Managing Director of Marmore MENA Intelligence, speaking at ‘FinTech’ talk organized by Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences
A Webinar presented by Mr. M.R. Raghu, EVP and Head of Published Research at Markaz, titled: “The Grand Disconnect Between Economics & Markets” to Bahrain Economists Society
A Webinar presented by Mr. M.R. Raghu, EVP and Head of Published Research at Markaz, titled:”Impact of COVID-19 on Kuwait Business”
CNBC Arabia TV Interview with Raghu Jun 2020