Arab Health – the largest healthcare business platform in the MENA region – is all set to welcome an anticipated 84,500+ attendees from across the globe as it sets the stage for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East.
To be held from 28 – 31 January 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Conrad Dubai this is the perfect opportunity to stay abreast of the industry’s latest trends and advancements and engage with more than 4,150 companies from 66 countries that will be showcasing the latest healthcare technology, products and services.
Organised by Informa Healthcare, the 44th Arab Health Exhibition will also host the Arab Health Congress, reputed for delivering the highest quality programme of Continuing Medical Education (CME) to medical professionals. At this year’s Congress, international speakers will cover the latest updates and insights into cutting-edge procedures, techniques and skills across 11 CME-accredited conferences.
Working alongside government entities such as the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai Health Authority, Department of Health Abu Dhabi and SEHA, Arab Health will host the new Innovation Hub – a dedicated area at the show for attendees to immerse themselves in the latest healthcare innovations.
The Innovation Hub will feature the Innovation Showcase allowing visitors to explore the latest healthcare technology including AI, disease management and home care devices, mobile device accessories, telemedicine platforms, to name a few.
The Innovation Hub will also be the platform for the inaugural Innov8 Talks at Arab Health. As well as daily free-to-attend talks with discussions led by keynote speakers, the Innov8 Talks will also host a series of pitch sessions for the region’s most creative and forward-thinking healthcare start-ups and SMEs to sell their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges that are involved in driving innovation in the UAE.
Arab Health Generates US$ 778 Million Worth of Business
More than US$ 778 million worth of business was generated by exhibitors during the 2018 edition of the show, a figure that is in line with Alpen Capital’s projections that the GCC healthcare spends will reach US$104.6 billion in 2022. With an anticipated need for an additional 13,000 hospital beds and the employment of 10,000 new physicians to the region, the demand is being mitigated by the 700 healthcare projects worth US$ 60.9 billion under various stages of development as well as government initiatives such as the recently launched Dubai Health Investment Guide 2018-25 designed to increase private sector participation.
According to Ross Williams, Exhibition Director of Arab Health, “Some of the key factors stimulating the growth of the healthcare market in the region include the ageing population, increasing frequency of non-communicable disease, high cost of treatment and mandatory health insurance.
“The trade generated during the last edition of Arab Health is a strong indication that the private sector is also playing an important part in the development of the healthcare industry and we anticipate that these figures will continue to grow in subsequent years.”
The Arab Health Exhibition and Congress experienced year-on-year (YoY) growth of 3 per cent in exhibitor numbers between 2017 and 2018 while this year sees a 2 per cent YoY growth. Dealers and distributors accounted for 37 per cent of total attendees in 2018 with the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan and Iran making up the top five countries looking to source new healthcare products and services.
Robust International Representation
With 39 dedicated country pavilions, international representation at the show remains robust with many pavilions increasing in size and number of exhibiting companies. One example is that of the Polish country pavilion, which has seen its national participation grow from 39 exhibitors in 2018 to 50 exhibitors in 2019 signifying the growing interest in the UAE as a key market for the healthcare industry. Data revealed at The First Trade & Invest Forum held in October 2018 in Warsaw indicates that three times more companies in Poland ask about the possibility of exporting goods to the UAE than to the U.S. The interest in the UAE market among Polish companies is almost equal to the interest in European countries, which are natural trade partners for Poland.
Who Will Attend
Over the past 43 years, hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals across the globe have made Arab Health an essential part of their yearly calendar.
Manufacturers of medical devices and equipment use Arab Health as an opportunity to showcase their latest products to the MENA region’s healthcare industry. Companies vary from large organisations such as Siemens and Philips to smaller business houses exhibiting for the first time. With thousands of products on display, business deals occur every minute of the show, truly making Arab Health the place where the healthcare world comes to do business.
For professionals who are tasked with purchasing and procurement responsibilities for healthcare facilities, educational providers and medical speciality associations, Arab Health is the ideal platform to get ahead of the upcoming year’s product needs.
Arab Health also provides a beneficial experience for all dealer and distributor job functions – from senior management of larger organisations that are looking to connect with key industry players, sales and business development professionals tasked with expanding their product portfolios and entrepreneurs hoping to source the next ‘big product’ to supply in their country.
What attracts medical practitioners to the show are the incredible insights it offers into the advancements of the healthcare industry through the exhibition, and the dedicated CME-accredited conferences and hands-on-training workshops that provide the opportunity for growth in multiple fields and disciplinaries.
From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, Arab Health continues to be at the heart of healthcare in the Middle East. As the largest collection of healthcare product manufacturers and service providers under one roof, Arab Health is also your one-stop shop for all your healthcare sourcing and procurement needs.
In addition, a large number of business, leadership and CME conferences and workshops aim to bridge the gap in medical knowledge across a broad spectrum of medical specialities and disciplines.