The UAE is putting a greater emphasis on healthcare than ever before as part of its ‘Vision 2021’ model. With the aim of being “flexible in adopting new economic models and capitalizing on global economic partnerships,” the Emirates are seeing greater numbers of investments and partnerships in healthcare, many of which are coming from the USA.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention’s collaboration with J&J and other US healthcare stakeholders
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has established many integral partnerships over the past decade, including an alliance with J&J in 2016 which led to the launch of early detection programs for diabetes in multiple healthcare centers throughout the UAE. The UAE has one of the highest rates of diabetes cases in the world with 18 percent of the population suffering from this chronic disease.
MOHAP has also established other partnerships with US healthcare players, including nonprofit academic medical centre, the Mayo Clinic, medtech firm GE Healthcare and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
The Dubai Health Authority’s partnership with GE Healthcare and Columbia HeartSource
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) was established in 2007 and is the government health organization supervising Dubai’s health system.
A strategic partnership between US medtech giant GE Healthcare, the DHA and healthcare consulting firm Columbia HeartSource was announced in 2017. This collaboration was focused on the practicality of building an international center for cardiology in Dubai.
Earlier this year GE Healthcare Partners received a ‘highly commended’ recognition for their efforts in helping establish Dubai as a global healthcare hub.
Mubadala Healthcare’s partnership with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Children’s National
Mubadala is a global investment company established by the Abu Dhabi government, and with a total fund of USD 229 billion.
Mubadala Healthcare, the company’s healthcare arm, has partnered with several prominent international partners including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, to create the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, in line with the government’s economic Vision 2030.
In 2017, Children’s National – one of the USA’s top children’s hospitals, based in Washington DC – entered into a collaboration with one of Mubadala’s assets, Healthpoint Hospital, for pediatric subspecialty care.
Amanat’s alliance with the Mayo Clinic, American Hospital Dubai and the Houston Methodist Global Care Network
Amanat Holdings specializes in investments for both healthcare and education within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). As of December 2017, Amanat reportedly had around USD 490 million to spend on new investments.
In 2016, Amanat, along with Dubai-based holding company Meraas, partnered with the American Hospital Dubai and the Mayo Clinic for the launch of an outpatient clinic which is now a member of the Houston Methodist Global Care Network.