ARAB HEALTH 2020

Now established for 45 years, Arab Health is the largest trade show for the medical sector in the Middle East. With the support of the Welsh Government, a delegation of 11 businesses from Wales will be attending the event at Dubai World Trade Centre – all taking advantage of an unrivalled opportunity to promote the latest innovations in healthcare technology, products and services from Wales.

The primary goal of Arab Health is to “connect manufacturers and service providers with clinicians, procurement professionals, dealers and distributors” from the Middle East and all over the world. More than 55,000 healthcare professionals from 159 countries are expected to pass through the doors at the 2020 event, to be held between 27 and 30 January. 

Alongside the exhibition, a number of business, leadership and Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences will be taking place. These provide a chance for delegates to keep abreast of cutting-edge medical procedures, techniques and skills. 

The ongoing expansion of the medical sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) offers great opportunities for Welsh businesses. A recent report, quoted by Arab Health, suggests that urbanisation and an ageing population are among the factors rapidly boosting the demand for healthcare in the region. The total market is projected to grow from US$185.5billion in 2019 to US$243.6billion by 2023, with an 11.7% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at constant exchange rates.

The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai forms part, is already well established as one of Wales’ most important international trade partners. The Welsh Government has had a permanent base here since 2004, when it opened an office at the British Embassy in Dubai. Its purpose is to promote Wales and represent its trade interests both within the Emirates and across the whole MENA region. 

The office helps Welsh companies, academic institutions and organisations develop and create business. It nurtures opportunities for inward investment from Middle East countries, potentially creating high-value jobs in Wales, and provides a wide range of resources and advice for businesses that have ambitions to export to the region.  

The UAE remains an extremely attractive market for Welsh companies keen to do more business overseas, thanks to its liberal trade regime and strategic location. 

The eight Welsh companies exhibiting at Arab Health as part of the trade mission are Advanced Medical Simulation Online, Balsamee, Frio UK, Huntleigh, Roma Medical, R&D Surgical, Single Use Surgical and Thermal Compaction Group. Three further companies will be participating as visitors: Cultech, Menter Training and Pineshield Management. 

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