The growth of Abu Dhabi as a medical hub


The healthcare system in the Middle East has now been recognized worldwide and is on the rise and meeting international standards. Due to its reputation and the availability of high-class medical treatment facilities and easy access to medicines, there has been an increase in the growth of incoming medical tourists from all over the world.

Medical system in Abu Dhabi                                                                       

The beginning of the healthcare era in Abu Dhabi was in 1943, during which a small healthcare center was opened in Al Ras, Dubai. Ever since then Abu Dhabi witnessed a tremendous growth in the healthcare industry with over 140 public hospitals spread across the nation. The Ministry of Health of Abu Dhabi is already in the process of signing contracts worth millions to help spread their medical reach and trauma care in all of the seven emirates.

Today, Abu Dhabi is well equipped with state-of-the-art medical centers providing comfort, care and medical treatments to patients, both from the country and foreign visitors. The Dubai Healthcare City, a project commissioned to attract medical tourists, offers medical centers with international standards and treatments of luxurious nature.

In 2012, the healthcare system again shot up to new heights when the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi sanctioned the construction of 14 world-class healthcare multi-specialty centers, making sure that the project is environment friendly and acts a well-balanced system for  UAE nationals and foreign tourists. The project was aimed at bringing other nations closer to UAE, increase in the number of hospital beds, introduction of latest medical equipment, to make sure that women and children gets the much required treatments and to deliver the best medical care available today, to its people.

Medical diagnoses

Back in 1985, the country initiated a nation-wide medical program to prevent the spreading of AIDS and to curb its access to the country. Due to this, there has been a significant reduction in the number of people affected by HIV, the numbers going down all the way below 1000 in the year 2002-2003.

And quite recently, in 2009, there were some genetic disorders observed in some of the UAE nationals and a handful of expatriates, due to which there was a rise in new technically advanced genetic research centers.


Abu Dhabi is the new face of medical advancements in the Middle East and its reputation has spread all over the world, making it one of the most sought-after healthcare destinations in the world.