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Dubai launches plan to boost tourist numbers

Dubai launches plan to boost tourist numbers
25 Mar 2014

Dubai has announced plans to construct as many as 22 new hospitals as part of a plan designed to attract 500,000 medical tourists every year.

It is thought that the move could help to bring in up to Dh 2.6 billion by 2020, with thousands of staff hired and new visas offered to help facilitate this.

What's more, the move ought to ensure that the emirate becomes a major centre for medical tourism, thus furthering the local tourism industry, which is already in fine fettle.

"Our target is to attract 500,000 people only for medical tourism by 2020," Essa Al Maidoor, director general of the DHA, or Dubai Health Authority, commented.

"The medical tourism strategy has been designed over two phases. The first one has been chalked out until 2016 and the second until 2020."

Over the next few years, there will be 18 private and four public hospitals built in the emirate.

But if you're looking to holiday in this part of the world, what are the other attractions that may cause you to head here?

Well, perhaps the most recognisable landmark is the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. It is, of course, a stunning feat of engineering and definitely worth visiting if you get the opportunity to do so.

Certainly, it is worth taking a camera with you to catch a snap of this incredible sight, the likes of which you may never come across again.

Alternatively, you could take a trip to Palm Island, a man-made structure that stretches out into the ocean and houses lots of facilities, including a water park, restaurants and a shopping mall.

There are few travel destinations that are quite like this incredible site and so it's not something that you will want to miss on your trip.ADNFCR-408-ID-801706579-ADNFCR

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