Healthcare and trade professionals from more than 160 countries have descended on Dubai for the opening of Arab Health Exhibition & Congress, the largest gathering of healthcare companies, technology, products and services in the Middle East.
Following the success the 2018 edition, where over $778 million worth of business was generated by exhibitors, it is predicted more than 84,500 healthcare and trade professionals and 4,150 exhibiting companies from 66 countries will convene at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 28 – 31 January 2019.
“For 44 years, Arab Health has brought the latest innovations in healthcare. From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables, and to developments in surgery and advances in prosthetics, Arab Health is an essential part of the yearly healthcare trade show calendar,” said Ross Williams, Exhibition Director, Arab Health.
“The show is an opportunity for purchasers to get ahead of the upcoming year’s product needs and to secure the best deals, while dealers and distributors come to Arab Health looking to expand their product portfolios or supply the next ‘big product’ to their country,” he added.
With over 39 confirmed country pavilions, Arab Health provides an important platform for the Middle East’s healthcare industry to build relationships with international stakeholders and facilitates the exploration of new business opportunities in the global healthcare field.
More than a hundred new exhibitors are set to make their debut this year including Health Insights, Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, Technogym, Mediform, Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy, MirambeauAppCare, Khushi Baby and Royal Health Group, to name a few.
As innovation continues to create vast new possibilities and opportunities for the region’s healthcare sector, Arab Health will introduce a dedicated Innovation Hub located in the Plaza Hall, to highlight some of the technological advances and innovations that are driving the industry forward.
As well as the Innovation Showcase – a dedicated showcase area in the Innovation Hub for start-ups, SMEs, and innovators to demonstrate their “future-shaping” new products – the Innov8 Talks will provide a platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs to present their healthcare innovations to a panel of industry experts and potential investors. Visitors are invited to attend these sessions to see who will be the best pitch of the day and to learn more about the latest products changing the healthcare industry.
The panel of judges for the Innov8 Talks include representatives from the Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Future Foundation, UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, and Dubai Science Park, to name a few.
The Innovation Hub will also include a dedicated 3D Medical Printing Zone, hosted in partnership with the Dubai Health Authority and Immensa Technology Labs. Visitors are welcome to see live 3D Printing of medical models in FDM technology and sample models of prosthetic, orthotics, anatomical models, dental models and surgical guides.
Additionally, this year will debut the Experience Zone, powered by Morph Technologies. This new zone, located in Za’abeel Hall 4, will be an opportunity for visitors take a break from the busy exhibition to try out some of the latest innovative technologies in healthcare such as using Augmented and Virtual Reality to take a look at 3D organs or enjoying some friendly competition with our mind control EEG car race, for example.
Key global manufacturers are also utilising the upcoming edition of Arab Health to showcase innovation in the fields of technology, business operations and patient care. According to Salah G. Malek, President, Middle East and Africa, Getinge: “Innovation will continue to drive development in the sector, both in terms of technology and business models, but also when it comes to setting the organisation in the best way to increase efficiency in the patient flow. Arab Health provides Getinge with the opportunity to share technologies and services with existing and potential new customers and it also allows us to discuss the challenges in the region and what we need to do to address them moving forward.”
Accompanying the exhibition is a number of business, leadership and Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences and workshops providing the very latest updates and insights into cutting edge medical procedures, techniques and skills. The Arab Health Congress will feature 11 CME-accredited medical conferences and more than 4,500 delegates and 300 international and regional speakers will be welcomed over the four days of the congress.
“Not only does Arab Health provide insights into the advancements of the healthcare industry through the exhibition, but dedicated CME-accredited conferences and business leadership workshops provide the opportunity for growth in multiple fields and disciplines,” added Williams.
For the first time, both the Obs & Gyne Conference and the Total Radiology Conference will be hosted at the Conrad Hotel Dubai, just minutes away from the event venue. There will also be an array of companies specialised in radiology and obs-gyne showcasing their latest technologies alongside the conferences.
The workshop programme at Arab Health will take place throughout the event focusing on advanced techniques of the latest state-of-the-art equipment across different modalities and topics such as safety innovations in the operating room, ultrasound masterclasses, hands on training in bariatric and colorectal surgeries, and many more.
Italian hospital group Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato (GSD) will host two workshops for cardiology professionals during Arab Health focusing on hot topics in coronary interventional cardiology and a crash course on TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation).
Paolo Rotelli, President, GSD, said: “GSD has a dedication to academic excellence. In addition to providing hand-on training at Arab Health, our new training center in Dubai targets medical and healthcare professionals from the Middle East to provide high quality, accredited courses in a multitude of medical, surgical and healthcare management topics.”