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UAE Healthcare

October 19 , 2021

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Executive Summary

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 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.

Key Discussion Points

  • Impact of Demographic Changes & Lifestyle Habits
  • Medical Tourism
  • Healthcare Infrastructure Spending
  • Preferences for Private vs Government Hospitals
  • Technology adoption in healthcare
  • Regulatory Bodies and Developments
  • Challenges such as skill gap

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Did you know?

  • In 2018, UAE spent close to 4.2% of the country's GDP on healthcare at USD 1,817 per capita.
  • UAE had 145 hospitals, 4,659 clinics and health centres with a cumulative bed capacity of 13,811 as of 2018 .
  • Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of fatalities in the U.A.E., accounting for over two-thirds of all deaths..
  • UAE has the highest number (196) of Healthcare Organizations with JCI Accreditation in GCC.
  • UAE has the lowest government share in total healthcare spending in the GCC at 51.6%.
  • As of 2018, there were 24,363 physicians, and 55,158 nurses & midwives who are working across the UAE.
  • UAE's import dependency for pharmaceutical products is around 90%

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Why purchase the report?

Timely report on an important market: COVID-19 has brought healthcare space to the spotlight, highlighting its importance, gaps and opportunities. UAE Healthcare report offers insights on how this key sector is placed in UAE, the second largest market in GCC.

Wide Coverage and In-depth Analysis: The report provides insights on a range of aspects pertaining to UAE healthcare sector including key demand drivers, infrastructure, medical tourism, health insurance, equipment and pharma, medical professionals and patients' admission pattern, COVID-19 response etc.

Key Data Points: The report presents important data points such as,

  • UAE Healthcare spending
  • Hospitals, beds and clinics in different Emirates.
  • Beds in Government and Private Hospitals in UAE
  • Healthcare staff in UAE hospitals
  • UAE medical devices market composition
  • Growth in UAE's pharmaceuticals trade


Who prepared this report?
Experienced and qualified team of Marmore MENA Intelligence has prepared this report. Since its inception, Marmore has published over 1000 research reports and covered more than 25 varied industries and policy segments; all focused primarily on the GCC economies.

How exhaustive is this report?
The report spans 57 pages

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No. This is a one off report.

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No. The report can be downloaded in full length only

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Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Drivers for growth
  • Hospitals and Infrastructure
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Medical Equipment
  • Pharmaceutical Market
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Analysis
  • Role of IT and Healthcare Technologies
  • Challenges
  • Regulators
  • Company Profile
  • Appendix

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