Mubadala Investment Company’s healthcare arm, Mubadala Healthcare, inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nirvana Travel and Tourism to team up on projects that brace Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 by setting the emirate as the foremost medical tourism spot, Invest-Gate reports.

Potential visitors from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and GCC, as well as, Russia, China, and India are identified as targeted areas of collaboration. This involves aspects such as establishing attractive and all-inclusive medical tourism packages and probing joint marketing and business opportunities, according to a press release on August 25.

Commenting on the partnership, Nirvana CEO Alaa Al Ali remarked, “Abu Dhabi’s huge investments into medical tourism have significantly boosted the sector and created numerous opportunities for us to enhance it. Cooperation between government agencies and partnership with the private sector contributes to making the capital a viable international medical hub.”

“Many factors qualify Abu Dhabi to become one of the most sophisticated and sustainable therapeutic tourism destinations in the world… strategic location, the existing world-class healthcare providers and expertise, a strong legislation and regulation framework, in addition to the flourishing local economy and tourism sectors. In fact, Abu Dhabi attracts patients from more than 80 countries, which demonstrates the exceptional growth in the capital,” Ali elaborated. “We are optimistic and eager to make Abu Dhabi a key strategic market player worldwide, by keeping track of medical trends and factors that fuel the development of the medical tourism sector,” he added.

Head of Mubadala Healthcare Abdulla Abdul Aziz Al Shamsi highlighted, “Through its tremendous support, and by focusing on the combination of superior medical care and Abu Dhabi’s highly regarded tourism industry, the government has established a framework for extensive cooperation between stakeholders that will secure the emirate’s position as a leading medical tourism destination.” He further stated, “This is the first of many partnerships we intend to establish to promote sustainable growth in medical tourism, in line with Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and efforts to diversify our economy.”

Mubadala Healthcare has plans for continued expansion to better serve the growing number of domestic and international patients, while already operating an integrated healthcare network that includes Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, Imperial College London Diabetes Center, National Reference Laboratory, Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Center, and Capital Health Screening Center.