Ras Al Khaimah is well on its way to becoming a preferred medical tourism destination
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Sun, Sand and Scalpels
With year-round sunshine and world-class treatments, Ras Al Khaimah is well on its way to becoming a preferred medical tourism destination
By Raza Siddiqui, Chief Executive Officer, Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director, RAK Hospital, UAE
Today people from across the globe and all walks of life are turning to medical tourism in order to meet their healthcare needs. This trend sees people combining foreign travel with interesting vacations and obtaining desired medical treatments. This movement has been driven by a number of motives such as cost effectiveness, aging global population, and avoiding long waiting times in countries of their residence, among others.
Over the last few years, better infrastructure and quality care in the Middle East has caught the attention of medical tourists to the region and benefitted the UAE. The country is one of the few in the world that has identified medical tourism as a national industry. Hospitals and healthcare institutions here are increasingly looking abroad to attract patients in order to boost the growing sector. Furthermore, the government has played a crucial role throughout in the development of this sector. Stringent regulations and quality checks have been at the heart of healthcare services in the region.
The UAE offers a wide array of worldclass, affordable and well-connected medical facilities. Special treatments and procedures such as cardiac, joint replacements, and cosmetic surgeries are being successfully conducted in the country at an affordable cost, even when compared to medical tourism hubs such as India, Singapore and Thailand.
A pioneer has been the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah that has attracted people from all over to come to its shore for world-class treatments. Located at the north end of the coast of the Arabian Gulf, the emirate is nestled between the Hajjar Mountains on the East and the Arabian Gulf on the West and shares mountainous borders with Oman.
gtuWith a fascinating history and culture, Ras Al Khaimah offers the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Offering magnificent landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and rich, stunning desert planes, year-round sunshine and 64 kilometres of white sandy beaches, the emirate has firmly established itself as one of the most soughtafter tourism destinations in the UAE.
With an expanding portfolio of specialty care, rising public and private investment and expenditure, and an intensifying government focus on medical tourism, Ras Al Khaimah’s healthcare segment is expected to see significant expansion in the coming years.
Away from the hectic pace of city life, this beautiful emirate has an abundance of natural beauty that offers medical tourists the peace, solitude and privacy they seek while undergoing elective treatment. The city also offers a range of activities for the whole family to enjoy such as soaking in the views of the majestic Hajjar mountains or heading to the calming Musandam peninsula, where endless blue seas, white beaches and desert dunes make it an experience to remember.
Furthermore, the Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital (SKSH), one of the promising developments in the emirate’s healthcare landscape, has seen an increase in the number of national and foreign patients flocking in to the city. SKSH is a tertiary hospital that is highly specialised for specific fields of medicine with different centres of excellence. To provide high-quality service and care, SKSH has established a referral system and serves a growing number of patients suffering from the increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.
Also, the ongoing expansion of Ras Al Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University (RAKMHSU) and Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone (RAK FTZ) is expected to alleviate the most pressing human resources concerns in the field, while the planned introduction of universal health insurance should help hospitals expand the scale and scope of their operations.
Recently, Medigo, a Berlin-based medical tourism start-up, has launched operations in the city. The company is a healthcare connector, arranging higher quality care, shorter waiting times, and affordable treatment through its global network.
With its intriguing landscape and all these and more developments in the pipeline, Ras Al Khaimah is well on its way to becoming a preferred medical tourism destination for people around the world.
Premium Healthcare and Hospitality
RAK Hospital is a private, tertiary care, multi-specialty hospital under the Arabian Healthcare Group, a joint venture with the Government of Ras Al Khaimah, under the aegis of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi. We have received the Joint Commission International, a U.S. based hospital accreditation.
The hospital is housed in a sprawling complex, specially designed as a premium
healthcare and hospitality destination by U.S.based Ellerbe Becket of Mayo clinic repute. The building boasts a built-up area of 140,000 sq. ft., across three levels, and the rooms are of premium category. In addition to modern infrastructure, RAK Hospital also has stateof-the-art accident and emergency services, with a 24-hour pharmacy and a European café serving a diverse range of food and beverages.
At RAK Hospital, we believe that our patients are our utmost priority, which is why our ‘Premium Healthcare, Premium Hospitality’ ethos shines bright through all our services. With us, you can be sure that you are receiving the best in quality in healthcare, treatment, and support and our aim is to provide premium personalised and compassionate care.
The hospital is a centre of excellence in: Bone and Joint Centre, Neurosciences, Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery, General, GI, Minimal Access and Laparoscopic Surgery, Bariatric Surgeries and Aesthetic Treatments. Apart from the above mentioned, there are 20 other specialties available. Furthermore, RAK Hospital was also the first to introduce Stem cell therapy of bone and joints problems in the UAE.
The hospital is renowned for its relaxed, welcoming environment, scenic location and its many medical breakthroughs that highlight its innovative approach towards the field of medicine. Overlapping recreation with healthcare the hospital exudes a warm feeling of “light, life, hope” in its corridors. Located just 45 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, it is a one-stop treatment destination for international medical tourism patients.