Health & Environment

Record number of country pavilions expected at Arab Health

Arab Health, the Middle East’s largest healthcare expo and congress from January 30 to February 2 in Dubai, will see a record number of 45 country pavilions, including first-timers New Zealand, Singapore, Tunisia, Indonesia and Estonia. 
In addition to an influx of new and returning international exhibitors, the event will also witness an uptick in regional exhibitors resulting in the show selling out in December, despite an additional five halls being added to the exhibitions’ allotted space. Arab Health is now effectively taking up all available space at Dubai World Trade Centre.
With more than 3,000 exhibitors taking part, there are over 51,000 healthcare professionals expected to attend the four-day event, which this year is being held under the theme of ‘innovation and sustainability in healthcare’ and follows a successful 2022 edition of Arab Health, which saw AED2.8 billion ($760 million) worth of deals secured at the event.
Solid bounce back
Ross Williams, Exhibition Director for Informa Markets, said: “The UAE will again be the epicentre of the healthcare industry when Arab Health returns next week. We saw a solid bounce back in 2022, and 2023 is at around 97% of pre-Covid-19 figures, underscoring the global demand, which is matched by buyers keen to witness first-hand the latest innovations and new technologies in the healthcare sector.
“With the increase in international pavilions, we are providing the ideal platform for the Mena healthcare industry to build relationships with stakeholders from around the world while reaffirming UAE’s position as a global healthcare hub.”
As part of Arab Health’s commitment to showcasing the latest technology and innovation, a series of new features have been added to the exhibition show floor, including the Intelligent Health Pavilion in partnership with the Intelligent Health Association.  Located in Arab Health’s Healthcare Transformation Zone, the Intelligent HealthTM Pavilion will showcase several new technologies through live demonstrations, including a groundbreaking digital Intensive Care Unit, an intelligent Operating Room, and a revolutionary Emergency Room. 
Seminar theatre
“This new feature will allow visitors to experience the most innovative and sustainable healthcare technologies improving patient care. We will also have a seminar theatre, which will provide exhibitors with a platform to reveal the latest cutting-edge healthcare technology,” said Williams.
Continuing the innovation theme, Arab Health will also host the second edition of the Future Health Summit at the Museum of the Future. The exclusive, fully-immersive event for C-suite executives from the healthcare industry will look into the future of health and healthcare possibilities in the Metaverse. Several world-renowned industry leaders, visionaries, metaverse experts, authors, and futurists on the topic will offer their insights. 
The popular Innov8 Talks competition returns, providing 24 start-ups from all over the world the opportunity to showcase how they are developing unique and innovative solutions benefiting the healthcare industry. The competition will run from February 30 to March 1.
9 product sectors
Arab Health will feature nine product sectors, showcasing the latest technology and innovations in disposables, orthopaedics, healthcare and general services, imaging, medical devices, IT, wellness and prevention, and infrastructure and assets.
A total of nine Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences will take place during the four days of Arab Health 2023, welcoming an anticipated 3,200 delegates and more than 300 international speakers. Internal Medicine, Paediatrics and Anaesthesia and Pain Management are new additions to the conferences this year. Popular returning tracks include Obs & Gyne, Orthopaedics, Total Radiology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Quality Management. 
Under the sustainability theme, Informa Markets has introduced the ‘Better Stands’ initiative, which will encourage exhibitors to move away from disposable exhibition stands and ensure all core elements, such as walls, archways, and counters, are constructed in a way where they can be reused. Arab Health will also be powered by renewable energy.
The Village
Arab Health has also introduced The Village, an area designed to allow visitors to network and relax while enjoying a range of food and beverage options. The Village is located next to Za’abeel Concourse 2.
A host of government entities will support the event, including the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, the Government of Dubai, the Dubai Health Authority, the Department of Health, the Dubai Healthcare City Authority, and Emirates Health Services.-- TradeArabia News Service