Day 2 of Arab Health shone a spotlight on the Middle East's commitment to healthcare innovation. From the rise of precision medicine, to the centralization of healthcare data and a focus on mental health, the region is actively shaping a future characterized by advanced, personalized care. The integration of robotics in healthcare further underscores the transformative strides being taken, solidifying the Middle East's position as a hub for cutting-edge healthcare solutions.

Our healthcare specialist Roshanak Bassiri-Gharb, outlines some of these key themes below: 

The rise of precision medicine 

The emergence of precision medicine is poised to reshape healthcare in the Middle East. By leveraging advancements in genomic research, healthcare professionals can tailor treatments and interventions based on an individual's genetic makeup, leading to more effective and targeted therapies. This not only enhances the quality of patient care but also has the potential to revolutionize preventive measures by identifying and managing genetic predispositions to diseases. In the Middle East, where there is a growing emphasis on healthcare excellence, the adoption of precision medicine is poised to make a profound impact, offering a path towards more personalized, efficient, and advanced healthcare solutions for the diverse population of the region. 

Nurturing the talent of tomorrow 

The Dubai government's initiative, 'Mawaheb,' was a central focus of Day 2 of the conference, and stands as a transformative force shaping the future of talent in the region. As an integrated digital platform, Mawaheb enhances medical education, research, and innovation, fostering collaboration among health professionals, students, and healthcare facilities. This initiative signifies a strategic commitment by the government to nurturing talent within the healthcare industry, ultimately advancing the healthcare sector and ensuring a robust foundation for the future.

The centralisation of healthcare data 

The centralization of health information, as exemplified by companies like SEHA, an Arab Health exhibitor, is a key focus across the Middle East. The UAE has always been proficient in the collection and consolidation of healthcare data, and places a strong emphasis on data security and privacy in healthcare. Recent laws and regulations, such as the Healthcare ICT Law (and the new UAE Data Protection Law, which covers health information not regulated by other UAE laws) and Saudi Arabia’s Personal Data Protection Law, have been put in place to ensure that personal data and patient information are handled securely and that individuals have control over how their health data is used. The UAE is also actively exploring the use of healthcare data for innovation and research. By centralizing healthcare data, researchers and healthcare professionals can access valuable insights that can contribute to advancements in medical treatments, preventive care, and public health strategies.

A focus on mental health 

Arab Health also shone a spotlight on mental health and the region’s commitment to addressing this topic through the launch of an immersive virtual reality mental health lab. The lab, developed by The Emirates Health Services (EHS), stimulates real life situations to help therapists assess the level of anxiety and phobia of patients in a controlled environment. Prioritizing wellbeing, this initiative is the first of its kind in the Middle East and aims to create a significant advancement in patient care.  This focus aligns with the government’s recent issuing of a new federal law on mental health, securing the rights of psychiatric patients and ensuring the provision of the best mental and physical care for those living in the region as possible. Federal Law No 10 of 2023 on Mental Health comes into force in May 2024 and relates to both employers managing mental health in the workplace and healthcare providers. 

Virtual neurology services 

The need for virtual neurology services was also front and centre at the conference. With a noticeable gap between the increasing demand for neurologists and their availability, there is a critical need to redistribute the workforce across the region. This is essential in order to deliver prompt and effective neurological care to patients. Virtual care emerges as a potential solution, as when used correctly, it could provide immediate access to neurological services wherever a patient is based, a necessity in catering to the requirements of an aging population. The adoption of virtual care does however have its own set of challenges, necessitating the implementation of strategies that carefully consider and address the distinct obstacles associated with neurological disorders.

The role of robotics in healthcare

The integration of robotics in healthcare was evident throughout Day 2 of the event. The role of robotics has evolved into a transformative force, offering innovative solutions to enhance patient care, streamline medical procedures, and augment the capabilities of healthcare professionals. With precision and efficiency, robotic technologies contribute to minimally invasive surgeries, reducing recovery times and improving patient outcomes. Additionally, robots are employed in repetitive tasks, allowing healthcare providers to focus more on patient interaction and complex medical decision-making. As evidenced by their presence at Arab Health, the Middle East is embracing these technological innovations to address healthcare challenges, ultimately improving accessibility, quality of care, and contributing to the region's overall healthcare infrastructure development.


The collaboration between governmental initiatives, healthcare authorities, and private entities is obvious. This synergy signifies a collective effort to provide advanced healthcare services to a growing population. The Middle East is no longer just a destination for medical tourism - it is becoming a place where individuals aspire to build a life, with promising potential for advanced and extended healthcare. The region is not just envisioning the future of healthcare, it is actively shaping it, with a commitment to excellence and a focus on the well-being of its people.

To learn more about the topics outlined above, please reach out to one of our specialists: Roshanak Bassiri Gharb, Masha Ooijevaar, and Sara Khoja.