The U.A.E. has invested heavily in the health and well-being of its citizens, and the development of a world-class healthcare system is of critical importance to the country as one of the six pillars of the its national agenda, or Vision 2021. This has led to a deep and multifaceted U.S.-U.A.E. healthcare relationship spawning several sectors.
The U.A.E. continues to turn to leading U.S. hospitals to provide highly complex medical care to its citizens. At the same time, the U.A.E. has sought to develop its capacity to provide better healthcare locally by partnering with prominent U.S. medical providers to train staff, manage hospitals, and even build new institutions such as Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the U.A.E. In addition to U.S. hospitals, American insurance, pharmaceutical, medical device, and IT companies play an important role in the advancement of the U.A.E.’s healthcare sector.
Moreover, the U.A.E. has been increasingly involved in the U.S. healthcare sector through medical training, research, and philanthropic donations. The U.A.E.’s generosity has, for instance, enabled the transformation of Children’s National, Johns Hopkins, and other leading U.S. medical institutions.
In 2021, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council underscored the importance of healthcare to the bilateral relationship by naming Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic, to the position of Co-Chairman on its Board of Directors.
The Business Council is proud to count many U.S. adult and pediatric hospitals among its members. Throughout the year, the U.S.-U.A.E. Business Council organizes programming with senior U.A.E. healthcare officials from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Department of Health Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Healthcare, the U.A.E. Embassy, and other institutions. The Council has also hosted webinars exploring the intersection of healthcare and technology and published important reports on the U.A.E. healthcare sector and U.A.E. collaboration and participation in the U.S. healthcare sector. These healthcare-specific activities come on top of the market intelligence, connectivity, and brand augmentation for which the Council is known.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Business Council has played an increasingly active role in bringing together American and Emirati healthcare and pharmaceutical entities through its Health Care Task Force. The Business Council’s Health Care Task Force is dedicated to aiding the global vaccine response and furthering cooperation in the healthcare space through dialogue and discussion. As an offshoot of this working group, the Business Council hosted a webinar on global vaccine distribution efforts.
Through online and in-person working groups and events, the Business Council continues to facilitate U.S.-U.A.E. healthcare collaboration to the benefit of providers, patients, and medical professionals in both countries.