The Growing Healthcare and Medicine Sector in Abu Dhabi

Playing as the hub to the cluster of seven well-woven emirates, Abu Dhabi has always been looked upon as a center of economic growth harboring a number of opportunities of development happening on various fronts. Be it the proliferating tourism industry or the banking and finance sector that runs in compliance with global destinations like Dubai, Abu Dhabi has been witnessing a plethora of growth prospects to get the eyeballs of economists from around the world.

With citizens being provided with the most advanced of facilities, healthcare has been one sphere that is ascending by the day. Talk about the number of medical centers, qualified specialists from across the globe or medical technologies that are up-to-date with international standards, this emirate has been nothing less than a harbinger of convenience and comfort at every inhabitant’s disposal for the past 3-4 years. Here’s a deeper insight that will help you to understand the situation in an efficient way.

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The Contributions of the HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi)

The HAAD regulating the healthcare sector and services provided in Abu Dhabi saw a growth of 17.9% in the number of licensed healthcare professionals working in the emirate. With the highest growth rate seen in the nursing profession (21.5%), events like the Healthcare Recruitment and Training Fair have been organized here time and again. Not only does these events lay out the licensing and qualification requirements for healthcare specialists keen to work here, but motivates the innovative minds to come forth and work towards the medical betterment of the citizens in general.

This has also pushed for a number of job openings in rapidly opening up healthcare centers that seem to be burgeoning with time, high ROI and favorable market conditions being the prime reasons. With the regime and the HAAD making all attempts to boost the number of Emiratis in this field, expats have found a number of lucrative avenues in hospitals and medical centers time and again.

With the HAAD numbers showing a growth in the number of healthcare professionals since 2013, the number of allied professionals, pharmacists and doctors have risen by 16, 17.9 and 17 percent.

Factors Supporting Growth in the Sector

Goes without saying that Abu Dhabi today consist of a diverse and multinational population coming from various social backgrounds. This accompanies with the fact that the rising income has made way for increasingly sedentary lifestyles in the emirate, with high obesity levels amongst males as well as females throughout the country.

Adding to the number of chronic diseases that have unfortunately shot up during the past months, medical tourism is another factor gaining prominence in the entire Gulf region. With cosmetics treatments making a strong chunk of the tourists travelling here, it’s natural for investors to chip in capital for the increasing medical facilities in the region. The sophisticated physical infrastructure and the cutting edge technologies in terms of IT systems have always made way for huge developments on this front.

However, a number of hospitals are still coping with challenges pertaining to standardization of regulations across all centers, the HAAD has proven to be quite pro-active in dealing with the licensing requirements. Hence, it would be quite fair to assume that 2016 is going to be a golden area for the Abu Dhabi healthcare sector. It might just be the right time for you to make run for it.


clip_image004Author Bio: Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics related to employment across the Gulf. Reach him @ LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+.