Delegates from around the globe attended the first day of a two-day inaugural health regulation conference in Dubai which looked at major efforts by Dubai to become a medical tourism hub.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA), Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), and members of the private health-care and hospitality sector are working together to make Dubai, a medical tourism hub.

For the first phase of the medical tourism packages which caters to the domestic market has been introduced.

Medical tourism packages aimed at tourists will be rolled out soon as the second phase of the project. These packages will be made available to DTCM-approved tour operators who will be allowed to market these.

Dubai health authorities discussed at the conference about rating hospitals similar to the hotel industry which bases grading on customer service and satisfaction.

Enhancing the quality of health care to augment medical tourism was discussed at the conference, which has drawn more than 1,000 professionals from the field of health regulation and medical tourism and key stakeholders in the public and private health care sector.