por Sean Ruck
, Contributing Editor | January 25, 2013
From the January 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine
In addition to debates and exhibits, Arab Health also bestows awards in nine different categories to medical centers and providers, including excellence in imaging, surgery, patient-centered care and patient safety. This year, Arab Health had more than 150 nominations mostly from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as well as Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Iran and Yemen. “Arab Health Awards celebrate and reward outstanding institutions and individual achievements that have contributed to the growth and development of the Middle East health care industry,” says Page. “Last year’s winners were from Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar.”
A new award being introduced this year is the sustainable hospitals award.
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MEDLAB, a medical laboratory and technology event, is one of the most popular elements of Arab Health, attract ing more than 15 percent of the event’s total visitors in 2012. It has become the largest laboratory and technology event in the Middle East, Page says, giving attendees the chance to learn about the latest laboratory technologies and make deals with exhibitors. Attendance at MEDLAB has jumped 256 percent in the last five years.
Thanks to its popularity, Arab Health has expanded MEDLAB into additional events in Johannesburg, Singapore and Nigeria that will take place in 2013. That expansion fits in well with one of Arab Health’s chief goals: to connect health care professionals with burgeoning markets around the world, Page says.
“Ongoing efforts are made to identify which territories are poised for health care expansion and how we can assist the Arab Health clients with establishing a reputation within these countries,” says Page. The organization hosted conferences in several African countries over the last year, including Cairo, Egypt and Lagos, Nigeria.
As for the annual exhibition and congress, Page predicts even more exhibitors, delegates, speakers and visitors as the size of the exhibition and the number of conferences continues to grow.
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