Not surprisingly, more and
more medical manufacturers in Europe, the United States and Asia
are looking to the Middle East in an effort to expand their
This is now an attractive region with a healthcare market
estimated to be growing at over 15% year-on-year, thanks to a
fast-growing and increasingly affluent population, budgets
boosted by high oil prices, and employers – and governments –
anxious to maintain healthy workforces. In the Gulf states in
particular, there is an energetic new wave of infrastructure
development and healthcare features strongly, with new clinics
and hospitals springing up throughout the region. Apart from the
ground-breaking Dubai Healthcare City, many other major public
and private healthcare facilities are under construction, all
needing to be staffed and equipped.
The huge interest in this market was amply expressed by the
large turnout of around 2,000 exhibitors at the recent Arab
Health expo in Dubai. In this issue Middle East Health looks at
the expo and some of the innovative products that were on show
(page 62). And talking of shows, we were also at the inaugural
Wellbeing Show in Dubai in January (page 71). The overwhelming
visitor turnout was a sure sign of the upsurge of interest in
Jordan and Lebanon are again attracting their fair share of
foreign patients. We take you to those countries and introduce
some of the premier healthcare facilities (page 48).
Elsewhere in this issue we publish articles on Virtual Reality
and how it is being used to outstanding effect in motor
rehabilitation (page 20), a new study on endotracheal tube cuff
pressure (page 30) and the dawning of a new understanding of
pain through molecular medicine (page 25).
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