Celebrating our 30th anniversary

This year Middle East Health celebrates its 30th anniversary. As the first and oldest English-language medical journal published in the Middle East, the anniversary marks a major milestone in the healthcare publishing industry in the region. What’s more, it is particularly interesting to see how the growth of Middle East Health over the years reflects the growth of the industry in the region as a whole.

Middle East Health began its life in London in 1977. Read Mike Martin’s account of those days in his reflective piece “Way back then” on page 10.

I took over the Middle East Health from Reed Publishing in 1990, during the first Gulf War. It was a memorable time, not only because of the war, but also because it was a time when several countries in the region were making their first significant moves to develop their healthcare facilities and services. At that time Middle East Health averaged just 48 pages and the editing and advertising were still being done in England – this until the mid- 1990s. There were no news sections, no interviews or regional profiles. It was a far cry from the current issue’s 152 pages, our largest ever. Over the past five years Middle East Health has grown significantly year on year and this parallels the accelerated growth in the industry in the region over this period. It has been both a fascinating and exhilarating ride.

What’s more this trend looks set to continue for many more years and we will continue to take you, our loyal readers, with us on this stimulating journey, recording the magnificent growth of healthcare in the Middle East and introducing you to the incredible new advances in medical technology.

As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, we wish you a happy, prosperous – and of course healthy – 2007.

Brian Wilkie

(Jan-Feb 2007)



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