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Abu Dhabi gathers world’s medical tourism experts

Hundreds of medical professionals to gather for global congress from Oct 15-17

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More than 90 countries are expected to be represented at the 12th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Abu Dhabi this month. (Getty Images)

ABU DHABI - Hundreds of medical experts and industry professionals from around the world are expected to descend on Abu Dhabi in October as part of the 12th World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress (WMTC).

Held from Oct 15-17, this year's event is expected to gather insurance providers, government officials, hospital executives and industry leaders from more than 90 countries to address challenges in medical tourism.

Representatives from Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Human Longevity Inc, Bupa Arabia, Axa, and dozens more organisations are expected to attend.

Programme highlights include a ministerial summit on medical tourism and population health management, as well as an all-day workshop event for professionals who wish to become a Certified Medical Travel Professional. Hosted buyers will also be able to go on a tour of the Emirate's medical scene.

The main congress will feature keynotes and three educational session tracks, including a panel of more than 100 speakers.

"One of our main goals for this year's Congress is to bring together an exclusive group of industry leaders that are rarely, if ever, all in the same place," said Jonathan Edelheit, chairman and co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA) and WMTC Abu Dhabi.

Past editions of WMTC have brought together experts from around the world to speak on disruptions in healthcare, population health management, and the management and prevention of chronic diseases and conditions.

MTA is the global trade association for the medical travel industry that works with hospitals, governments and insurers. MTA's events are managed by Global Healthcare Resources.