Spot the well-dressed dude checking in at Hamad International Airport, head wrapped in miles of medical gauze. At Dubai International, a man with a bandaged scalp sips coffee near his gate. Another duo with cotton-dressed domes wait for baggage in Ataturk International. The UAE and Turkey are emerging as medical Meccas for hair transplants. What's behind the buzz?
Baldness is more likely in Arab Gulf states than in other parts of the world, so says a report released by The National. "Dubai specialists" quoted in the paper claim that 60% of men in the UAE could expect to experience hair loss, compared to a global average of 40%.
Most men take their locks for granted -- that is, until they're gone. So while their hairlines shrink, what's growing is a trend towards expensive (and painful!) dermatological treatments from "permanent make-up" to hair transplants. High-visibility clients like Salman Khan, Elon Musk, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham proudly sport "plugs". Al Bawaba takes a look at what it's all about!