I trust youíll all be pleased by another Middle
East Health bumper issue, easily our biggest yet.
A big thank you must go to the many contributors
who have written interesting and informative
articles for this issue, as well as to our editorial
and marketing staff that have put it
together. And of course, we are especially
appreciative of the substantial advertising
support we have received.
This is particularly pertinent in a time when
many are still feeling the bite of the global
recession, and is indicative of the positive
outlook that our advertisers have for the health industry in this region.
However, it comes as little surprise to us. While much of the world struggles
to extricate itself from the global economic downturn, the healthcare
industry in the Middle East has remained a significant growth market,
with large infrastructural projects continuing across the region.
It has been fascinating and stimulating, particularly with our inside
perspective, to witness this rapid development over the past several years,
which in turn has resulted in a flourishing of all sectors of the industry.
As it has expanded, so has Middle East Health, as we do our best under an
ever increasing deluge of information to keep you abreast of medical
advances here and elsewhere. Itís been quite a ride, and we donít see it
slowing up for many more years Ė if anything, just the contrary.
The expansion of the Arab Health exhibition has been phenomenal, but
what has also captured our attention is the growth in the overall number
and quality of healthcare congresses, conferences and seminars across the
region, many of which Middle East Health has had the privilege of serving as
media partner. These events, such as the recent inaugural World Health
Care Congress in Abu Dhabi, are critical to the improvement of the quality
of healthcare in the region. As an independent publication we will
continue to actively support them, and in fact our íCalendar of Eventsí is
one of the most viewed pages on the MEH website.
This issue has a wealth of information. Among the highlights are the
cover story about Siemensí new PET-MR scanner, a world first that looks
set to trigger another revolution in medical imaging. Methodist Hospital
International and Middle East Health recently sponsored a roundtable
discussion by regional industry leaders, debating a range of issues
including the challenges posed by the recession. Their conversation on
page 66 is enlightening. And to coincide with the Arab Health exhibition
we have a fully-expanded product news section.
As always, many thanks for your support, and on behalf of all the MEH
team, I wish you excellent health, happiness and prosperity in 2011.