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Medical Tourism Association®-Dubai Healthcare City Formalize Partnership to Foster Training, Quality Care, Patient Awareness

Agreement, reached at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai, will lead to certification, educational programs for medical tourism professionals in United Arab Emirates.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, May 14, 2014 --( The Medical Tourism Association® and Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) have agreed to establish a joint Chapter Program in Dubai to raise awareness of the high level of health and wellness services available in the United Arab Emirates region.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the non-profit trade association headquartered in the United States and DHCC -- home to two hospitals, more than 120 outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories, and 4,000 licensed professionals in Dubai -- was signed at Dubai Health Authority during the Arabian Travel Market, April 30, 2014, in Dubai.

“The challenge we embrace is underscored by Dubai’s robust population growth and vibrant economy, which will obviously warrant vigorous measures and investment in healthcare services, infrastructure and education,” said Renée-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association®. “We are excited about extending our resources to local, regional and international stakeholders and working together to strengthen existing initiatives, establish new opportunities and support and encourage training, improved care and leadership that markets Dubai as a leading medical tourism destination.”

The Medical Tourism Association® will work specifically with DHCC to provide strategic, operational and educational support to develop certificate and training programs for hospitals, patient specialists and medical tourism marketing professionals.

During the Arabian Travel Market, the Medical Tourism Association® conducted a day-long education and training program for physicians, hospital administrators, insurance executives, academic leaders, and health travel facilitators and investors leading toward Medical Tourism Professional Certification.

The four-day Arabian Travel Market attracted more than 2,700 medical tourism interests from 80 countries including a 31-member delegation from Taiwan of government officials, travel agents and health industry representatives.

Taiwan will showcase its healthcare system to multinational employers and insurance companies at World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014, June 26-27, 2014, at the Taipei International Convention Center. The Congress is sponsored by the Global Benefits Association in collaboration with the Medical Tourism Association® and Taiwan’s External Trade DevelopmentCouncil. For more information, go to

The Medical Tourism Association® is the first membership-based international nonprofit trade association for the medical tourism and healthcare industry made up of top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliates committed to promoting the highest level of quality healthcare to patients in a global environment.
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Medical Tourism Association
Joseph Harkins
1.561.791.2000, ext. 803

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