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May 2024

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, recently published it annual Future Health Index (FHI) 2023 Saudi Arabia report: Taking Healthcare Everywhere. Now in its eighth year, the Future Health Index is based on proprietary research across 14 countries, including Saudi Arabia, making it the largest global survey of its kind to analyse the current and future priorities of healthcare leaders worldwide.

The FHI 2023 Saudi Arabia report provides a clear indication of strong momentum in innovation and digital transformation within the Kingdom’s healthcare system. Saudi Arabian Healthcare leaders and younger healthcare professionals are aligned in their vision to innovate new models of care delivery that meet patients where they are. Building on the advancements in the post-pandemic era, healthcare leaders are now prioritizing the implementation of virtual care and AI solutions to address staff shortages and furthering sustainability. These developments, along with a strong inclination towards strategic partnerships, mark critical steps in the Kingdom’s journey towards Vision 2030, emphasizing a commitment to improving patient care through innovative and technologically advanced healthcare models.

Mohammad Mostafa, General Manager, Health Systems, Philips Middle East, Türkiye and Africa, commented: “The Future Health Index 2023 underscores Saudi Arabia’s transformative vision for healthcare. The nation is investing heavily in AI, recognizing the unmatched potential of virtual care while also taking steps to make healthcare more sustainable, understanding the indispensable role of partnerships in achieving this and ultimately improving and revolutionizing patient care.”

Three areas of focus

The Future Health Index 2023 Saudi Arabia report highlights three important focus areas for healthcare leaders that will help them enhance care delivery and increase efficiencies within their facilities:
Mohammad Mostafa, General Manager, Health Systems, Philips Middle East, Türkiye and Africa

1. Alleviating pressure on staff with digital technology
    Digital health technologies are emerging as the lynchpin to tackle staff shortages. With 63% of Saudi Arabian healthcare leaders using or planning to use digital health technologies, the future appears promising. Younger healthcare professionals also see the potential benefits, recognizing the potential of data portability, advanced diagnostics, and state-of-the-art AI solutions to improve their work satisfaction. Along with the adoption of advanced technology solutions, 46% of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare leaders are forging partnerships with health technology companies, and an equal percentage are engaging with NGOs and charity organizations, to help reduce the impact of workforce shortages. Saudi’s healthcare leaders are turning to technology, aiming to increase productivity and satisfaction among healthcare practitioners, as well as external partnerships. Alongside enhancing care delivery and increasing efficiencies, such investments play a crucial role in attracting and retaining talent.

2. Prioritizing current and future investments in AI
In Saudi Arabia, the patient-centric paradigm is gaining momentum. Saudi Arabian healthcare leaders are championing this shift with a notable (30%) investment in new, more innovative technology. Further evidence of this trend comes from the consensus among healthcare leaders (57%) and younger healthcare professionals (56%), who believe in the transformative potential of new care delivery models, in that they’re likely to bring more affordable care or better value for money. These positive sentiments are further highlighted by 53% of all respondents combined responding that improved patient safety was a likely outcome of new care delivery models. A staggering 77% of leaders are currently harnessing the power of AI, an increase from 46% in 2022, and 73% are offering a form of virtual care. Digital technologies, including AI, are also a key focus of the Kingdom’s Health Sector Transformation Program, setting a precedent for ongoing innovation. With an eye toward sustained progress, an impressive (96%) of healthcare leaders are poised to expand their investments in AI, up from 66% in 2022, ensuring that Saudi Arabia remains at the forefront of healthcare technology.

3. Partnering to support communities and the environment
Collaboration within the healthcare sector continues to be a cornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s strategic plan for healthcare advancement. A notable 38% of healthcare leaders are gearing up to forge partnerships with healthcare technology companies in the near future. Meanwhile, younger healthcare professionals would like their hospital/healthcare facility to build partnerships outside the conventional bounds of the healthcare sector in order to improve patient outcome.

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare leaders and younger healthcare professionals also signal an opportunity for wider ecosystem collaboration to improve sustainability in the face of climate change. As environmental sustainability becomes a primary focus in healthcare, these leaders are employing specific strategies to navigate these challenges effectively. These include setting clear and ambitious sustainability targets while measuring progress, recruiting more staff with specialized skills to advance these initiatives, consulting or working with third parties to deliver or support sustainability programmes, and sharing best practice examples and learning from peers.

Link/Sources: https://middleeasthealth.com/medical-specialty-features/health-information-technology/saudi-arabias-healthcare-leaders-embrace-technology-sustainability-and-par-tnerships-for-better-care-delivery/

Saudi Arabia now has more than 235,000 nurses, according to official figures.

The Ministry of Health has announced an increase in registered nurses working in the Kingdom’s healthcare sector, celebrating this growth on International Nurses Day.

According to a ministry report, the number of nurses in 2023 had grown by over 23 per cent since 2016, with over 235,461 nurses working in the public and private sectors.
Nurses in Saudi Arabia

The report said this growth reflects a growing interest in the profession and the Kingdom’s investment in ensuring adequate staffing and high-quality care.

Saudi Arabia now boasts 14 universities offering nursing programs, whose graduates, qualified Saudi specialists in various fields, are a valuable resource to the country.

The Ministry of Health credits this increase to the efforts it exerted, in partnership with the concerned government entities, to implement, under the Health Sector Transformation Program, a strategy that buttresses and empowers the nursing profession.

The Health Sector Transformation Program, one of Vision 2030 programs, lends support to health cadres in the Kingdom in order to ensure the provision of high-quality health services.

Link/Sources: https://www.arabianbusiness.com/industries/healthcare/saudi-arabia-reports-23-increase-in-nurses-to-over-235000

The regulative body of the healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi is launching a pivotal event to enhance healthcare in the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the world

A brand-new government-led conference and event with a mission to enhance healthcare practices in the United Arab Emirates and beyond is set to debut later this month.

Bringing together leaders, researchers, policymakers, investors and entrepreneurs from across the global healthcare and life sciences ecosystems, the inaugural Abu Dhabi Global Healthcare Week (ADGHW) is an initiative created by the Department of Health (DoH) Abu Dhabi to explore just what the public needs to improve their own health.

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the three-day event, from 13 to 15 May, promises to explore “cross-collaboration, future healthcare demands, and embracing the paradigm shift from reactive to proactive care”.

Speaking to Zawya, Dr. Noura Khamis Al Ghaithi, Undersecretary of DoH Abu Dhabi, explained that the city is keen on attracting leading policymakers, investors and entrepreneurs who will make a difference to the population.

“[Our] ultimate goal [is to] co-design a healthcare system which is outcomes-focused and equipped with sustainable, innovative, and agile infrastructure,” Dr. Al Ghaithi explained. “We are very keen to deliver the outcomes of ADGHW to the public, because our discussions [will] impact the population globally, not just in Abu Dhabi or the UAE.

“We are confident we have much to contribute,” she continued, citing how the population can take ownership of their health through personalised medicine based on genetic screenings or wearables data.

“We need to show how wearables are linked to their health and demonstrate the benefits they derive from a healthcare perspective.”

Citing the ongoing Emirati Genome Programme, a study which aims to explore the genetic makeup of Emirati nationals using DNA sequencing and artificial intelligence, Dr. Al Ghaithi explained how a future where every individual had their genetic information on their medical record would make a difference for how they receive treatment. An individual’s genetic makeup can affect how they respond to a medication, for example.

“When it comes to genomics, it may be entirely new to many,” she continued. “What is DNA? What is the genome? How can it predict diseases like cancer in the future? It’s crucial for policymakers and investors who support affordable, accessible care to engage in these discussions.”

ABU DHABI: HUB FOR HEALTHCARE

Speaking on the opportunities for healthcare businesses to engage in ADGHW 2024, Dr. Al Ghaithi said that the DoH Abu Dhabi is open to facilitate any entities keen to contribute towards the future of healthcare in the region.

“We are confident that people will recognise that Abu Dhabi is a city where their dreams can become reality, and we are committed to supporting them in this. Why? Because we have a robust infrastructure here in Abu Dhabi,” she said. “When discussing our healthcare ecosystem, it’s important to note our extensive capabilities. We host [global organisations such as] Cleveland Clinic, and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will be joining us very soon.

“Our infrastructure is strong, not just in terms of buildings – Abu Dhabi boasts a wealth of data. We have the Malaffi platform, which integrates all your health information … everything is interconnected.”

Dr. Al Ghaithi continued: “Consequently, we have a formidable healthcare system that supports any researcher or pharmaceutical company. These entities are looking to develop new therapies or conduct clinical trials. And all our departments, not just the DoH, are facilitating everything for these partners to achieve what we all strive for, which is the wellbeing of people in Abu Dhabi and beyond.

“Abu Dhabi’s resources make it an attractive hub for anyone looking to engage in health and wellbeing and to be a pioneer in many new innovations. Health should be for every single person on the globe.”

Link/Sources: https://www.zawya.com/en/business/healthcare/landmark-abu-dhabi-gathering-aims-to-bring-better-health-for-all-in-the-uae-ljd1z4v9

April 2024

The Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services played a critical role in responding to emergencies involving 235,394 individuals in 2023, and achieved a record average response time of 7.5 minutes, a 13% improvement from 2022. The organisation also made crucial contributions to saving the lives of 90 individuals who had cardiac arrests in the past year.

His Excellency Awad Saghir Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, said the organisation has become a global leader in ambulance and emergency medical services driven by its goal of protecting the lives of members of the community. Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai a leader in excellence and public services, the Corporation has made significant strides in the field.

By focusing on enhancing the emergency medical sector with highly skilled professionals and by advancing pre-hospital medical care quality, the Corporation aims to meet stakeholder expectations and improve overall quality of life. These efforts are integral to achieving the goals set forth in the Dubai Social Agenda 33, further enhancing Dubai's reputation for excellence and innovation in healthcare.

In 2023, through strategic projects to enhance Dubai's ambulance services, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services reported significant achievements in its community service operations. Awad Al Ketbi highlighted that the Corporation received 205,200 reports involving a range of cases from minor to critical. Over the course of the year, it provided medical care to 235,394 individuals, which included emergency transportation for 69,647 cases and 26,816 non-emergency cases to both government and private healthcare facilities. Additionally, on-site healthcare services were rendered to other cases.


The Corporation successfully performed life-saving interventions for 90 individuals experiencing cardiac arrests, achieving a 21% increase in cardiac resuscitation and life-saving operations compared to the previous year. The average response time for emergency calls was reduced to 7.5 minutes, marking a 13% improvement in response efficiency from 2022.

Al Ketbi added, "As part of its commitment to providing swift responses that meet the needs of the emirate's residents and visitors, and as part of Dubai's strategic urban plan, the Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services introduced 12 new ambulance points last year. This expansion brought the total number of ambulance points operated by the corporation to 133, strategically distributed across Dubai."

"The corporation stands out with its specialised ambulance services designed to meet the diverse needs of the community. Managed and operated by a dedicated team of 1,375 personnel, including emergency doctors, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and emergency responders, they work tirelessly around the clock to safeguard the lives of the community," he noted.

Al Ketbi affirmed that the Corporation has made concerted efforts to acknowledge and enhance the role of women, striving to empower them in support of the UAE’s vision for gender equality. Women now constitute 21% of the total workforce of the Corporation.

He further said: "The Corporation successfully covered 42 major events throughout Dubai, clocking a total of 5,000 hours. These included significant occasions such as Eid celebrations, New Year’s events, local and international races, exhibitions, and global conferences. Additionally, the Corporation offered 154 training programmes and courses for the government sector, benefiting 11,159 employees, while providing 88 programmes for the private sector, benefiting 3,952 individuals in 2023.

 
This was part of its dedicated plan for training and community awareness. The awareness plan also targeted specific groups including people with disabilities, children, the elderly, and labour sectors, organising 64 awareness programmes within the same year, reaching 17,034 beneficiaries."

He further said: "As part of its role of regulating ambulance services in Dubai, the organisation licensed 120 training centres offering first aid courses and programmes, and 62 healthcare facilities or hospitals that provide ambulance services. Additionally, it certified professionals for private entities, totalling 732, including 188 trainers, 311 paramedics, and 233 ambulance vehicle operators, along with licensing 127 ambulance vehicles."

Al Ketbi stressed that Dubai’s leadership places the highest priority on constantly enhancing healthcare services in Dubai, in alignment with the emirate's strategic plan to meet and address the needs of the community and fulfill their aspirations for a high quality of life.

Link/Sources: https://www.emirates247.com/health/dubai-ambulance-responds-to-over-235-000-emergencies-in-2023-with-record-breaking-response-time-2024-04-04-1.731050


March 2024

They further the goal of integrating preventive rehabilitation and fitness through a unique gym-based model

Burjeel Holdings, Abu Dhabi-headquartered leading super-specialty healthcare services provider in the region, has unveiled eight new PhysioTherabia centres in Riyadh and four other cities across Saudi Arabia.

Last year, Burjeel in partnership with Leejam Sports Company, a top operator of fitness centres in the region, launched the first four PhysioTherabia centres in Riyadh. The latest expansion marks a significant step forward in Burjeel’s mission to establish the largest network of advanced physiotherapy, rehabilitation, and wellness centres in Saudi Arabia.

“We are delighted to expand PhysioTherabia centres to more parts of Saudi Arabia, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to providing advanced physiotherapy services in the Kingdom,” John Sunil, CEO of Burjeel Holdings, said.

Apart from Riyadh, the new state-of-the-art facilities are located in Jeddah, Dammam, and Al Khobar, marking a scaling of Burjeel’s geographical footprint across Saudi Arabia.

“It underscores our dedication to empowering individuals on their journey to optimal health and wellness while strengthening our presence in key regions. We reiterate our target to establish 60 such centres within and outside Leejam Sports’ gyms across the Kingdom by the end of 2025,” Sunil underlined.

The new centres offer services within Leejam’s Fitness Time facilities, tailored to meet diverse wellness needs. They further the goal of integrating preventive rehabilitation and fitness through a unique gym-based model.

Meanwhile, PhysioTherabia has entered into a strategic partnership with Tawuniya, a leading insurance company in Saudi Arabia, expanding its reach to a broader clientele through health insurance coverage.

Aligned with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 goals, PhysioTherabia promotes optimal physical recovery and overall wellness for patients of all ages. Specialised offerings at PhysioTherabia include musculoskeletal rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation with robotics, paediatric rehabilitation, sports injury rehabilitation, spinal and back rehabilitation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Link/Sources: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/lifestyle/health/uae-healthcare-group-opens-8-new-advanced-physiotherapy-centres-in-saudi-arabia


February 2024

A new report names Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi as the 42nd best hospital in the world.

The Abu Dhabi hospital jumped 29 places from last year's ranking in the latest Brand Finance Global Top 250 Hospitals report on academic medical centres.

Other UAE facilities Dubai Medical University Hospital, University Hospital Sharjah and The College of Medicine and Health Sciences were named among the hospitals between 101st and 250th on the list – hospitals outside the top 100 were listed alphabetically rather than by ranking.

"We are honoured to be recognised by Brand Finance as a leading global hospital," Dr Jorge Guzman, chief executive of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, told The National.

"Being ranked among the top 50 academic medical centres globally reflects our commitment to delivering world-class care to our patients in the UAE and wider region.

"As a pioneering destination for complex care, one of our key objectives is to continue advancing research and sharing knowledge and expertise within the healthcare community.

"These objectives are supported by our vision to be the best place to receive care by introducing cutting-edge technology and strengthening our multidisciplinary and compassionate approach. This vision has positioned us to be a key driver in the transformation of the healthcare landscape in the UAE and beyond.”

Last year, a dedicated cancer centre opened at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi with a team of 150 nurses, physicians and radiologists at its disposal.

The 19,000-square-metre facility has 32 examination rooms for multidisciplinary cancer consultation, 24 private infusion rooms for administering medications intravenously, two procedure rooms and an area devoted exclusively to women's oncology services.

It is is modelled on Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Centre in the United States.

Expert professionals were recruited from the US to help deliver world-class treatment in the Emirates.

While Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was the highest-ranked UAE hospital on the list, it was not the leading GCC facility.

That accolade went to King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Saudi Arabia, which was named the 20th best in the world.

Several other Saudi Arabian hospitals made the top 100. These included King Saud Medical City (56), King Khalid University Hospital 64), National Guard Health Affairs (69), and King Fahd Medical City (95).

Qatar was also represented in the top 100, including the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (58), Hamad Medical Corporation (82) and Al-Wakra Hospital (99).

Another GCC country represented in the list was Bahrain with King Hamad University Hospital filling 57th place.

Link/Sources: https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/health/2024/02/15/cleveland-clinic-abu-dhabi-named-among-worlds-top-hospitals/

From public healthcare and insurance to hospital care and wellness treatments, the Gulf state holds a strong reputation for its medical industry.

Qatar has been ranked among the top countries in Numbeo’s 2024 indexes, demonstrating its world-class services, modern infrastructure, and healthcare sector investment as it falls on the annual ranking.

The Gulf country was ranked among the top 20 countries in the Numbeo Healthcare Index 2024, for the fourth consecutive year, scoring 72.7 points.

Taiwan tops the 94 countries in the survey, with Bangladesh tumbling last.

Other countries in the top 20 include South Korea, Japan, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Austria, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

The United States was not featured in any of the surveys.

Since 2021, Qatar has been ranked among the top 20 countries in the Numbeo Healthcare Index by Country.

From public healthcare and insurance to hospital care and wellness treatments, the Gulf state holds a strong reputation for its medical industry.

In 2023, five hospitals in Qatar were ranked among the world’s top 250 academic medical centres, according to a new study undertaken by Brand Finance, a UK-based brand valuation consultancy.

Those hospitals are Rumailah Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation (opened in 1957), Hamad General Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation (opened in 1982), National Center for Cancer Care & Research, Hamad Medical Corporation (opened in 2004), Heart Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation (opened in 2011) and Sidra Medicine (opened in 2018)

Commenting on the significance of the study, HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, said: “Having five Qatar hospitals ranked among the world’s top 250 academic medical centres is an incredible achievement and highlights the commitment of Qatar’s health sector to a deliver excellent care to our patients, on par with the world’s very best hospitals.”

In 2022, Qatar also ranked first in the Arab world and 18th worldwide in the 2022 Health Care Index.

Link/Sources: https://dohanews.co/qatars-healthcare-system-ranks-among-top-20-globally/

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a project in Doha to address healthcare disparities in the global south.

The Middle East Council on Global Affairs and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched in Doha on Monday a project to tackle healthcare disparities in the global south.

The initiative, supported by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, seeks to address pressing health issues, focusing on women’s health, neonatal health, and the prevention and response to outbreaks in the participating Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMCIs).

The event was a platform for discussions on the challenges and solutions surrounding enhanced access to primary healthcare services.

During the opening remarks, Qatar’s Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Al Kuwari acknowledged the obstacles faced by developing countries, attributing challenges to “geographical remoteness, inadequate infrastructure, and a scarcity of trained health workers”.

Despite significant improvements in the countries of the Global South over the past decades, Al Kuwari stressed that access to primary healthcare and basic health services remained a challenge.

During a panel discussion, Assistant Minister for Health Affairs at the Ministry of Public Health Dr Salih Al Marri underlined the importance of extending healthcare access beyond curative services, emphasising the need for preventive services to promote overall health and well-being.

Meanwhile, the director of Programme Management at the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office Dr Ranaj Hajjeh emphasised the necessity of a heightened focus on strengthening healthcare systems, adding that “without that, we won’t be able to develop the platforms and sustainable successes that we aim to see”.

    Qatar leads charge in global health with launch of Doha Initiative to bridge healthcare gaps

In the same panel on Monday, Executive Secretary of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Joy Phumaphi highlighted the persisting challenges in developing countries due to rising populations.

“There are a lot of challenges remaining, and we have to appreciate that our population in developing countries is rising, so that means more challenges for us,” she said.

Participants at the panel discussion further expressed hope to convene this major health event every year.

Once the panel discussion ended, Qatar’s Minister of State for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Al Khater gave her closing remarks.

Al Khater expressed Doha’s commitment to continuing support for access to primary healthcare in the Global South.

“Qatar will continue to support access to primary healthcare in the Global South. However, we are also interested in ensuring that this support is as effective as possible in improving healthcare and development outcomes for populations in need,” Al Khater said.

Link/Sources: https://dohanews.co/doha-initiative-launched-to-tackle-critical-health-challenges-in-global-south/


January 2024

Up to Dh200,000 fine for violating provisions of the law that went into effect recently; expert explains the new rules

Employers in the UAE cannot make decisions about hiring, terminating or restricting job opportunities for residents over a mental health condition, as per a new law passed recently. “Instead, any decision regarding employment must be based on a report from a specialised medical committee that evaluates the individual's condition in relation to their job,” Dr Hind Alrustamani, CEO and founder of Aman Lil Afia Clinic, told Khaleej Times in an interview.

This is similar to how companies are not allowed to take hiring or firing decisions based on the physical health of an employee. Workers can take up to 90 days of paid and unpaid sick leaves and may be terminated only if they are unable to report for work after.

Last month, the UAE issued a federal law on mental health that preserves patients’ right to retain their jobs without any restrictions, among other things. This aspect of the law encourages individuals to prioritise their mental well-being without the fear of losing their jobs.

From a mental health caregiver’s perspective, this means a lot on the ground, the expert said. “It fosters an environment where individuals feel secure in seeking help without fearing repercussions at work. It's a step towards a more compassionate and understanding workplace, recognising that mental health challenges shouldn't hinder someone's professional journey,” said Dr Alrustamani.

She advised employees to avail of sick leaves if they are facing mental health challenges, which can “affect your performance at work in the same way that physical ill health can”.

“Having policies that allow people to take time off for mental well-being is essential, as it is an indicator that mental health is as important as physical health, creating a more supportive workplace for everyone's well-being.”


Link/Sources: https://www.khaleejtimes.com/lifestyle/mental-health/new-uae-law-employees-cannot-be-fired-from-their-jobs-over-mental-health-conditions

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council (DMC), today inaugurated the 29th edition of the Dubai International Pharmaceutical Technologies Conference and Exhibition, DUPHAT 2024, the largest gathering of pharmaceutical companies in the Middle East and Africa. The three-day event taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre is set to draw more than 32,000 visitors and participants from 95 countries.

His Highness said that the continued success of the events and exhibitions sector in Dubai reflects dedicated efforts to cater to the needs of diverse international companies, enabling them to operate efficiently and benefit from the sophisticated logistics services and robust infrastructure that Dubai has to offer. His Highness added that Dubai’s standing as a hub for showcasing cutting-edge products and solutions were key to its ability to catalyse global partnerships and deals that served to bolster economic prospects of various vital sectors.
Extensive range of activities

His Highness toured the exhibition area and was apprised of the latest pharmaceutical products and solutions. His Highness was also briefed about the extensive range of activities and deliberations lined up for the event, which features 120 conference lectures and 16 workshops meticulously curated by a distinguished panel comprising 150 experts and specialists to maximise audience engagement. The scholarly discussions apart, some 350 posters prominently displayed across the venue spotlight cutting-edge pharmaceutical and medical research breakthroughs to be unveiled through the course of the event.

The inaugural ceremony witnessed the presence of several dignitaries alongside His Highness, including His Excellency Abdul Rahman Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention; His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai World Trade Centre and Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism; His Excellency Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director General of the Dubai Health Authority; Dr. Amer Sharif, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Healthcare City Authority; His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Abdulsalam AlMadani, Executive Chairman of DUPHAT, besides heads of various delegations and companies participating in the highly anticipated industry event.
HE Ambassador Dr. AlMadani said: “DUPHAT 2024 serves as a vital platform for the exchange of advanced knowledge and expertise, playing a pivotal role in enhancing the skills necessary to propel growth in this dynamic industry. This year’s edition will shatter all previous records in terms of attendance, participation, and sheer magnitude. The pharmaceutical industry in the UAE and the region is undergoing a transformative phase with innovative breakthroughs offering a spectrum of medical benefits and ushering in unprecedented business opportunities.”
Impressive growth

The pharmaceutical market in the UAE is poised to surpass $4.7 billion by 2025, marking an impressive 27% growth over the last five years. With a portfolio boasting over 2,500 locally produced medicines, the UAE stands as a testament to unwavering dedication and robust manufacturing capacity. The MENA market is anticipated to soar beyond $50 billion, cementing the region's rising prominence on the pharmaceutical landscape globally.

HE Dr. AlMadani added: “The pharmaceutical sector has become a vital player in the economy due to the escalating healthcare demands of a growing population and the rapid evolution of our healthcare system.  DUPHAT 2024 provides a crucial forum for sharing advanced knowledge and expertise, enhancing the skills needed to accelerate growth in this dynamic and evolving industry.”
Over the years, DUPHAT has served as a major platform for diverse stakeholders in the pharmaceutical industry to launch new products, learn about new technologies and developments, acquire new scientific knowledge and network with their peers in the sector. The record participation in the event reflects Dubai’s emergence as a major global hub for both the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

DUPHAT 2024 unfolds as the most expansive edition of the event to date with over 1,300 exhibiting companies participating. Some of the largest and most influential companies in the industry, including international powerhouses Pfizer, AstraZeneca, GSK, Gilead, Julphar, Axios, Haleon, AbbVie and Lilly, are in attendance.

Innovative hub

DUPHAT 2024 introduces an exclusive platform, featuring the Pharma Business Hub, CEO Meeting, and Tech Hub, bringing together key decision-makers, potential buyers, suppliers, and manufacturers in the pharmaceutical sector. This innovative hub enables pre-arranged one-to-one B2B meetings with top exhibitors, fostering collaboration and exploration of business opportunities. The event, designed to support stakeholders, is set to be a catalyst for discovering new avenues of growth within the dynamic pharmaceutical industry.

DUPHAT is organised annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions, a member of INDEX Holding, and is supported by Dubai Health Authority, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, European Federation for Pharmaceutical Sciences, European Society of Clinical Pharmacy, Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia and the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy.


Link/Sources: https://www.emirates247.com/health/ahmed-bin-mohammed-opens-dubai-international-pharmaceutical-technologies-conference-and-exhibition-2024-01-09-1.728974