Luxury Middle East medical tourism - just what the doctor ordered!

Published August 9th, 2015 - 16:15 GMT

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All over the world, more and more people are looking abroad for medical treatment, whether it’s for a complex heart operation or a simple facelift. Medical tourism is said to be a $50 billion-a-year business, and one that is increasing by 15-25 percent year over year, according to Patients Beyond Borders, an industry publication.

While countries like Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia have traditionally dominated the market, a number of Middle Eastern nations are fast becoming go-to destinations for affluent people looking to find affordable, quality healthcare and catch some sun while they’re at it. Continue reading below »

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Revenues from medical tourism in Dubai are predicted to increase 15% from $177.5 million in 2012 to $299.5 million in 2016, according to the Dubai Health Authority, a government agency. The city plans to build 22 more hospitals over the next few years, the Authority says.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9Revenues from medical tourism in Dubai are predicted to increase 15% from $177.5 million in 2012 to $299.5 million in 2016, according to the Dubai Health Authority, a government agency. The city plans to build 22 more hospitals over the next few years, the Authority says.

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Dubai is capitalizing on its reputation for glamour and glitz by catering to wealthy foreigners looking for cosmetic surgeries ranging from tummy-tucks to breast implants. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (above), a hospital in Dubai specializing in such procedures, spares no expense when it comes to making its clients comfortable.
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Dubai is capitalizing on its reputation for glamour and glitz by catering to wealthy foreigners looking for cosmetic surgeries ranging from tummy-tucks to breast implants. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (above), a hospital in Dubai specializing in such procedures, spares no expense when it comes to making its clients comfortable.

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Dr. Luiz Toledo, one of the world’s best plastic surgeons when it comes to facial reshaping and “Brazilian butt lifts,” moved from Brazil to the UAE about ten years ago to start a new practice in Dubai, according to the Associated Press. His cosmetic surgery clinic has an entire wing devoted solely to prosperous Arab clients.
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Dr. Luiz Toledo, one of the world’s best plastic surgeons when it comes to facial reshaping and “Brazilian butt lifts,” moved from Brazil to the UAE about ten years ago to start a new practice in Dubai, according to the Associated Press. His cosmetic surgery clinic has an entire wing devoted solely to prosperous Arab clients.

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Well-to-do residents from Gulf countries who once traveled to Asia or the U.S. are now getting their Botox injections, liposuction and even dental work done in the United Arab Emirates instead.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9Well-to-do residents from Gulf countries who once traveled to Asia or the U.S. are now getting their Botox injections, liposuction and even dental work done in the United Arab Emirates instead.

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Outside of the Gulf, Lebanon is also a regional leader in the medical travel industry. During the country’s civil war (1975-1990), many Lebanese doctors trained at top universities in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9Outside of the Gulf, Lebanon is also a regional leader in the medical travel industry. During the country’s civil war (1975-1990), many Lebanese doctors trained at top universities in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.

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At Clemenceau Medical Center, a major hospital in Beirut, eighty percent of international patients are Arab, most of whom report their top reason for coming to Lebanon for treatment is because their home countries can’t provide the same quality of care.
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9At Clemenceau Medical Center, a major hospital in Beirut, eighty percent of international patients are Arab, most of whom report their top reason for coming to Lebanon for treatment is because their home countries can’t provide the same quality of care.

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Instability in Syria hurts medical tourism in Jordan and Lebanon. “When we have political stability…it’s great,” the head of a cosmetic clinic in Beirut told Lebanon news site NOW. “But when there is a small problem, even if there is just a rumor that there might be a security problem in Lebanon, we don’t work for a month!”
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Instability in Syria hurts medical tourism in Jordan and Lebanon. “When we have political stability…it’s great,” the head of a cosmetic clinic in Beirut told Lebanon news site NOW. “But when there is a small problem, even if there is just a rumor that there might be a security problem in Lebanon, we don’t work for a month!”

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Jordan also pulls in millions every year from people who travel to its capital, Amman, for cancer treatment, cosmetic surgery, cardiovascular work, orthopedics, infertility treatments and more. In 2014, more than 200,000 people came to Jordan from abroad to have medical procedures done, producing revenues of over $1 billion.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9Jordan also pulls in millions every year from people who travel to its capital, Amman, for cancer treatment, cosmetic surgery, cardiovascular work, orthopedics, infertility treatments and more. In 2014, more than 200,000 people came to Jordan from abroad to have medical procedures done, producing revenues of over $1 billion.

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Some find the idea of having complex surgery performed in a foreign country off-putting, so many MidEast clinics now work with travel agencies and hotels in order to provide visitors with visas, accommodation and leisure activities during their stay. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai offers VIP suites and private elevators!
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9Some find the idea of having complex surgery performed in a foreign country off-putting, so many MidEast clinics now work with travel agencies and hotels in order to provide visitors with visas, accommodation and leisure activities during their stay. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai offers VIP suites and private elevators!

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Revenues from medical tourism in Dubai are predicted to increase 15% from $177.5 million in 2012 to $299.5 million in 2016, according to the Dubai Health Authority, a government agency. The city plans to build 22 more hospitals over the next few years, the Authority says.

Image 1 of 9Revenues from medical tourism in Dubai are predicted to increase 15% from $177.5 million in 2012 to $299.5 million in 2016, according to the Dubai Health Authority, a government agency. The city plans to build 22 more hospitals over the next few years, the Authority says.

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Dubai is capitalizing on its reputation for glamour and glitz by catering to wealthy foreigners looking for cosmetic surgeries ranging from tummy-tucks to breast implants. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (above), a hospital in Dubai specializing in such procedures, spares no expense when it comes to making its clients comfortable.

Image 2 of 9Dubai is capitalizing on its reputation for glamour and glitz by catering to wealthy foreigners looking for cosmetic surgeries ranging from tummy-tucks to breast implants. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (above), a hospital in Dubai specializing in such procedures, spares no expense when it comes to making its clients comfortable.

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Dr. Luiz Toledo, one of the world’s best plastic surgeons when it comes to facial reshaping and “Brazilian butt lifts,” moved from Brazil to the UAE about ten years ago to start a new practice in Dubai, according to the Associated Press. His cosmetic surgery clinic has an entire wing devoted solely to prosperous Arab clients.

Image 3 of 9Dr. Luiz Toledo, one of the world’s best plastic surgeons when it comes to facial reshaping and “Brazilian butt lifts,” moved from Brazil to the UAE about ten years ago to start a new practice in Dubai, according to the Associated Press. His cosmetic surgery clinic has an entire wing devoted solely to prosperous Arab clients.

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Well-to-do residents from Gulf countries who once traveled to Asia or the U.S. are now getting their Botox injections, liposuction and even dental work done in the United Arab Emirates instead.

Image 4 of 9Well-to-do residents from Gulf countries who once traveled to Asia or the U.S. are now getting their Botox injections, liposuction and even dental work done in the United Arab Emirates instead.

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Outside of the Gulf, Lebanon is also a regional leader in the medical travel industry. During the country’s civil war (1975-1990), many Lebanese doctors trained at top universities in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.

Image 5 of 9Outside of the Gulf, Lebanon is also a regional leader in the medical travel industry. During the country’s civil war (1975-1990), many Lebanese doctors trained at top universities in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.

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At Clemenceau Medical Center, a major hospital in Beirut, eighty percent of international patients are Arab, most of whom report their top reason for coming to Lebanon for treatment is because their home countries can’t provide the same quality of care.

Image 6 of 9At Clemenceau Medical Center, a major hospital in Beirut, eighty percent of international patients are Arab, most of whom report their top reason for coming to Lebanon for treatment is because their home countries can’t provide the same quality of care.

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Instability in Syria hurts medical tourism in Jordan and Lebanon. “When we have political stability…it’s great,” the head of a cosmetic clinic in Beirut told Lebanon news site NOW. “But when there is a small problem, even if there is just a rumor that there might be a security problem in Lebanon, we don’t work for a month!”

Image 7 of 9Instability in Syria hurts medical tourism in Jordan and Lebanon. “When we have political stability…it’s great,” the head of a cosmetic clinic in Beirut told Lebanon news site NOW. “But when there is a small problem, even if there is just a rumor that there might be a security problem in Lebanon, we don’t work for a month!”

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Jordan also pulls in millions every year from people who travel to its capital, Amman, for cancer treatment, cosmetic surgery, cardiovascular work, orthopedics, infertility treatments and more. In 2014, more than 200,000 people came to Jordan from abroad to have medical procedures done, producing revenues of over $1 billion.

Image 8 of 9Jordan also pulls in millions every year from people who travel to its capital, Amman, for cancer treatment, cosmetic surgery, cardiovascular work, orthopedics, infertility treatments and more. In 2014, more than 200,000 people came to Jordan from abroad to have medical procedures done, producing revenues of over $1 billion.

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Some find the idea of having complex surgery performed in a foreign country off-putting, so many MidEast clinics now work with travel agencies and hotels in order to provide visitors with visas, accommodation and leisure activities during their stay. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai offers VIP suites and private elevators!

Image 9 of 9Some find the idea of having complex surgery performed in a foreign country off-putting, so many MidEast clinics now work with travel agencies and hotels in order to provide visitors with visas, accommodation and leisure activities during their stay. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital in Dubai offers VIP suites and private elevators!

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Dubai is surging upwards in the medical travel market with a plan to bring half a million medical tourists a year to the city’s hospitals by 2020. It’s quickly making its way towards that goal: last year, the city saw 135,000 foreign visitors use its hospitals, and this year expects an 11 percent increase to 150,000.

Got some aches and pains? Head east, young man (and woman!) for excellent healthcare at competitive prices, with travel to some of the world's best touristic destinations thrown in for free.

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