July 21: The Arab
Tourism Organization (ATO) estimates the revenues from medical tourism
throughout the world at nearly $100 billion annually which will hit $200
billion over the next ten years.
Al Fihaid, President of ATO said on Wednesday (July 20) that Arab medical tourists’
expenditure amounts to nearly $30 billion, which is 30 percent of the current medical
tourism global revenue. He said that medical
tourism will have greater importance in the Arab region vis-à-vis economy and
the eve of the 7th World Medical Tourism Summit scheduled at Amman, Jordan,
from 23 - 24 July, 2022, Dr. Al Fihaid said more than 60 experts and
specialists in the field of medical and recovery tourism representing 20 Arab
and world countries will take part in the event.
cited examples of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia
which have long-term plans to set the foundations for medical and recovery
Highlighting the fundamentals of such kind of tourism, he said the natural fundamentals including mineral-rich hot fountains and sea water are available in the Arab world apart from advanced medical centers with skilled personnel.