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His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum (fifth from left), the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE, inaugurates the 38th annual Arab Health Exhibition and Congress. (Photo courtesy of H+K Strategies, Informa)
Jan 31, 2013 | News Middle East & Africa

Healthcare professionals gather at Arab Health 2013

by Surgical Tribune

DUBAI, UAE: This week, 80,000 health-care professionals are attending the Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, the Middle East’s largest health-care event, which takes place from 28 to 31 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The trade show features more than 3,500 exhibitors from 63 countries.

Arab Health, the second largest health-care event worldwide, is being held for the 38th time. The congress is aimed at tackling the growing, diverse health issues across the Middle East, ranging from the increasing demand for health-care services, growing health-care costs and the increase of lifestyle diseases in the region.

Key topics being discussed at the Arab health congress include large datasets, robotic surgery, and complementary medicine. The congress is also hosting a dedicated diabetes conference for the first time. More than 7,500 delegates are expected to attend the 19 healthcare conferences.

Visitors also have the opportunity to learn about the latest innovations at several international stands. This year, major delegations have come from China, with 428 participating companies (a 40 per cent increase from 2012); India, with over 111 companies (a 5 per cent increase from last year); and the UAE, with more than 200 companies exhibiting (a 10 per cent increase). Large groups of representatives have also come from France, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan, with upwards of 100 companies each.

The exhibition is an attractive event for the US industry too. “Exhibitors will show dentists how to reduce risk, increase safety, save time, money and energy, and obtain better outcomes everywhere, from the operating room to the COO’s office,” said Michael H. Corbin, US ambassador to the UAE. “Last year, for example, US businesses signed some US$40 million in contracts. With more than 181 US companies presenting this year, I fully expect that Arab Health will prove, yet again, why US exhibitors want to come to the UAE.”

Simon Page, Managing Director of Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, organiser of Arab Health, said: “This year’s event is one of the best we have seen in terms of numbers of exhibitors, conference speakers and attending delegates. This reaffirms Arab Health as the key regional and international platform for the health-care sector for sharing leading-edge products and innovations, industry insights and trend forecasts plus the latest updates that impact our ever-evolving industry.”

According to Page, the increase in exhibitors, speakers and delegates is a clear vote of confidence in the continuing development of the region’s health-care sector, which is estimated to triple its spending to US$133.19 billion in 2018.

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