Arab Health, the leading medical equipment exhibition in the Middle East showcasing the latest innovations in healthcare, is gearing up for its post-pandemic edition to bring the industry together to learn, network and trade.
From state-of-the-art imaging equipment to the most cost-effective disposables; developments in surgery to advances in prosthetics, all the latest medical technologies and innovative solutions will be on display at the show. Established 46 years ago, Arab Health provides a platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East and subcontinent.
This year’s edition is expected to welcome thousands of international healthcare companies and host over 51,000 attendees from 170 countries in-person and online during the four-day showcase. A range of strict precautionary and preventive measures have been implemented to ensure that events can go ahead safely. The event will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 21-24 June under the theme 'United by Business'.
Furthermore, bringing together influencers from all major medical disciplines, under the theme of ‘Looking Ahead. Embracing Innovation’, Arab Health will host 9 CME accredited medical conferences and three health conferences on innovation and technology. The 2021 conferences include: Total radiology, Surgery, Public Health, Orthopaedics, PMR, Pharma & Drug Discovery, ENT, Digital Health & Innovation and much more.
For instance, at the inaugural Pharma and Drug Discovery Conference to be held on the opening day, Qutaiba Al Manaseer, Government Affairs Director, Middle East and Africa, AstraZeneca, will be presenting the session Oxford University and AstraZeneca partnership towards broad and equitable access to COVID-19 Vaccine.
"From the start of the pandemic, AstraZeneca's approach has focused on partnering with scientists, governments, multilateral organisations and manufacturers to establish agreements for the development and supply of our vaccine, and to fight the pandemic, together,” said Al Manaseer.
The other experts presenting at the conference include Dr Yang Xiaoming, Chairman of the China National Biotech Group (CNBG), Prof Graham Ball, Professor of Bioinformatics, Nottingham and Trent University, UK, and Prof Mirza Baig, Professor and Chairman of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacotherapeutics, Dubai Pharmacy College for Girls.
MoHAP to showcase innovation
At the show, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) will showcase a range of innovative services, projects, and initiatives that leverage both smart and robotic systems, enhanced digital health practices and telemedicine, upgraded mental health services, big data and predictive models for managing health facilities, and implemented health information systems, among other flagship projects. These underscore the Health Ministry's strategy to deliver comprehensive, innovative, and world-class health services.
This year's Arab Health will provide the perfect platform to spotlight the flagship projects and tremendous efforts being made by the Ministry of Health to deliver healthcare services. It will also shed light on what has been achieved in the fields of healthcare quality, the implementation of flagship preventive and curative projects, as well as the success in achieving business continuity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
These efforts are designed to help encourage people to keep faith in the UAE's ability to pass the COVID-19 crisis, cultivate the spirit of optimism that the recovery phase is right around the corner and that the UAE is moving firmly and steadily towards global leadership leaving behind all crises and challenges. According to the 2020 Legatum Prosperity Index, the UAE has ranked first in the world in the Health Care Coverage Index.
H.E AbdulRahman bin Mohamed Al-Owais, the Minister of Health, said: “The UAE's forward-looking vision has placed healthcare among the most important national priorities, with the aim of providing world-class, comprehensive, and integrated healthcare services fulfilling the requirements of the sustainable development process, under a flexible and sophisticated government system whose foundations were laid by the UAE's wise leadership as a roadmap for country's march towards the UAE Centennial 2071.”
Al-Owais highlighted the importance of Arab Health in strengthening the UAE's status as a prestigious global hub in the fields of medicine, science, and healthcare, and harnessing technology to improve the quality of life and the sustainability of health services.
“Our participation in Arab Health aims to reinforce the UAE’s position as a leading healthcare hub through initiatives and projects focusing on cementing the preventive aspect and combating epidemics and chronic diseases, according to national indicators and performance standards,” he added.
“Arab Health this year comes at a time when the UAE has unlocked significant achievements in relation to the management, governance, and effective response to COVID-19, thanks to the national resilience in readiness, proactive plans, and the efficiency of the health system and the commitment to ensuring the continuity of business and services to maintain the state's gains.”
Al-Owais pointed to the UAE's leadership in providing the COVID-19 tests and vaccines to all community members, in order to enhance the acquired immunity, maintain the health and safety of the individuals, and move steadily and confidently toward the recovery phase.
The Health Minister concluded by commending the dedication, sacrifices, and tremendous efforts being made by the heroic teams in the front line of defence to maintain the health and safety of everyone.
Wouter Molman, Executive Vice President for Informa Markets, said: “The UAE Government and MoHAP have done an incredible job in welcoming the world, without restrictions, and ensuring events such as Arab health can go ahead. Our show theme is 'United by Business', which is indicative of the pent-up demand within the industry to get back to some form of normality and start doing business once again.”
“There is undoubtedly confidence and willingness from exhibitors and visitors to get back to the show floor and attend conferences, not just to meet, learn and to do business, but to share and develop pioneering healthcare delivery solutions after what has been one of the longest periods of absence we’ve seen in a generation. Fortunately, we’re able to facilitate this demand thanks to the vaccination programme, which is seeing a remarkable development in light of the huge support and potential provided by the UAE government,” he added.
In addition to MoHAP, other government entities attending the show this year include Dubai Healthcare City Authority, Dubai Health Authority, and the Dubai Government. They will be joined by a host of leading healthcare companies, thousands of medical product suppliers, and the latest innovative technology from around the world.
Bringing the world of laboratory medicine together
Medlab Middle East, the MENA region’s largest medical laboratory exhibition and congress, is all set to take place from 21-24 June at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Co-located with Arab Health, the event will bring the global healthcare community together under the show theme of ‘United by Business’. A host of countries have confirmed their participation and include the UK, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Israel, Korea, Poland, Spain and the U.S.
A range of key laboratory and trade professionals from across the region are expected to attend the live and in-person event. It will feature a range of keynote speeches and scientific lectures, industry briefings, product demonstrations and networking opportunities, as well as a series of pre-arranged one-to-one meetings, with an emphasis on creating lasting relationships.
Tom Coleman, Exhibition Director for Informa Markets, said: “Bringing these premier healthcare events together will make it easier for the healthcare industry to reconnect, establish new contacts and most importantly, do business. This will be further endorsed by a series of online events which will enable attendees from anywhere in the world to participate utilising their valuable time most effectively.
“The event will also underscore the tireless work the medical laboratory and healthcare communities have undertaken in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. We want to highlight our appreciation of these people and celebrate what they have achieved in such a short period of time.”
Underscoring the confidence within the industry and the increased demand from laboratory professionals to participate in a physical event, several companies and health authorities will be exhibiting at in June. The UAE Ministry for Health and Prevention, the College of American Pathologists, Abbott Laboratories, Horiba, Randox Laboratories, Euroimmun, BioVender Group, Seegene, Stago and Erba Group have all confirmed thus far.
This sentiment was echoed by Ahmad Jeradi, COO, Advanced Technology Company, who said: “Ensuring the safety of our team was a crucial element in our decision to participate at Medlab Middle East this year. I’m confident that everything that could be done, has been done to ensure this is the case, and we now look forward to meeting and doing business with those in the laboratory industry for the first time in over a year.”
Last year, before travel restrictions and country-wide lockdowns, the event attracted over 23,000 professional visitors from over 140 countries and over 3,800 delegates. A total of 14 country pavilions were present at the 2020 edition of the show.
“Medlab Middle East has developed a 20-year pedigree in the medical laboratory sector and is, without doubt, the leader in its field. We will be utilising those years of experience to showcase the industry once more by bringing together key decision-makers in an innovative way and looking to the future of this critically important sector," said Coleman.
The event will feature eight Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences during the live and in-person event and as part of the show's online element. New to the 2021 conference programme is a dedicated focus on COVID-19 which will address the latest scientific findings on the virus and discuss its impact on health in the region.
These will be complemented by returning accredited conferences: Laboratory Management, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Histopathology, Molecular & Genomic Diagnostics, Haematology and Blood Transfusion. A series of medical speciality days have also been scheduled, with experts presenting the latest advancements in specific clinical specialties, including multi-omics, genetics, and stem cells.
Medlab Middle East is also hosting a range of dedicated online focus days until July 22 to allow participants to continue to do business as well as features over 180 educational sessions to choose from.