Arab Health 2006 set to be biggest edition yet

Arab Health 2006 will run on January 22-25 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre and is set to be another bumper edition of the annual show.

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By  David Ingham Published  January 8, 2006

Arab Health 2006 will run on January 22-25 at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre and is set to be another bumper edition of the annual show. The exhibition was well over-subscribed, according to the organiser, IIR, and exhibitors are being urged to secure space for 2007 as soon as possible. “The Arab Health Exhibition has seen tremendous growth over the last few years, mirroring the growth of the Middle East healthcare sector,” said John Hassett, commercial director, IIR Middle East. “As with a number of other large events held at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre, we sold the entire venue out earlier this year and will not have any additional halls in which to expand until 2007. “For next year’s show we essentially have the same amount of space and well over 20% additional demand. We are therefore urging those who are considering taking part next year to decide quickly as space is running out.” Arab Health 2005 was the largest healthcare exhibition ever held in the Middle East occupying 23,184 m² at the Dubai International Exhibition Centre. Over 28,473 healthcare professionals, dealers and distibutors attended the show, with more than a quarter indicating they attended no other medical show than Arab Health. The exhibition is handily divided into dedicated areas for pharmacy, medical laboratories, dentistry, health services and hospital design & interiors. The organisers anticipate an enthusiastic response to the 2006 event with over 2,000 companies from over 50 countries expected to participate. A highlight of the Arab Health exhibition will be Leaders in Healthcare, which will again run alongside the exhibition this year. The summit, scheduled to take place on January 22, will feature some of the leading authorities in the field of healthcare, plus a special appearance by management guru Tom Peters. Leaders in Healthcare is sponsored by Siemens and is held in association with Dubai Healthcare City. The conference runs on the first day of Arab Health and has been extended into a full-day format featuring in-depth case studies of both regional and international healthcare institutions. For the first time, the expanded 2006 summit will also feature a Ministers’ Round Table, where Ministers of Health from throughout the Middle East will discuss developments in the public and private healthcare sectors and the development of public/private partnerships. Tom Peters will address the conference on the thinking behind creative management and current hot topics such as universal access to healthcare, rationing and quality. Other key speakers will include Prof. Reinhardt, CEO and President of Siemens Medical Solutions, who will address the conference on the future of healthcare and Dr. Delos M. Cosgrove, CEO and president of the $4 billion Cleveland Clinic network of hospitals and health centers. Dr. Cosgrove, will address the conference on the need for innovation in the regional healthcare industry. “Healthcare innovation at The Cleveland Clinic is a driving force behind its success,” said Cosgrove. “It’s a great privilege for me to share the Clinic’s experience at this forum and to be part of this unique exchange of ideas.” The conference will also feature case studies focusing on how to approach global and strategic alliances and partnerships. Dr. Walid Fitaihi, CEO, and chairman, International Medical Centre, Jeddah, KSA will highlight his experience commissioning a hospital with a US partner. “There is a global need for a unique approach of healing the body, mind, and soul by applying the best global healthcare standards & Divine ethics,” said Dr. Fitaihi. Dr. Thomas H. Lee, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Network President of Partners HealthCare System, one of the world’s leading academic healthcare systems, will also address the conference on how re-engineering care to improve quality and efficiency can be used as a business strategy. “Enhancing the quality of patient care and reducing costs are not contradictory goals. On the contrary, by combining innovative medical technologies and powerful IT for process optimiation, we can enhance efficiency in healthcare dramatically,” said Dr. Lee.

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