Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
Michael Corbin, US Ambassador to the UAE, outlines the importance of the Arab Health conference after US$40million of business resulted from last year's event. Pawan Singh / The National
Michael Corbin, US Ambassador to the UAE, outlines the importance of the Arab Health conference after US$40million of business resulted from last year's event. Pawan Singh / The National

UAE is a great business destination, says US ambassador

The ambassador also outlined the importance of the Arab Health conference to the US.

DUBAI // The UAE is at the crossroads of the world and is a great place to do business, according to the United States ambassador to the country.

Michael H Corbin also outlined the importance to the US of the Arab Health conference after US$40million (Dh147m) of business resulted from last year's event.

"We are just so pleased to see 186 US companies participating, of which 60 are newcomers to this show," he said. "For us, this underlines how this show is increasingly one of the most important healthcare shows in the world.

"From last year ... $40m of business came out of this one show."

Healthcare ties between the area and the US go back half a centuryafter two American doctors founded Oasis Hospital in Al Ain in 1960. The hospital was founded at the invitation of the nation's founder, Sheikh Zayed.

More than 50 years later, the relationship has continued to flourish, with US hospitals and institutions such as Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins Medicine International both managing local hospitals.

With Arab Health, the UAE has also made a name for itself on a global level, said the ambassador.

"It underlines the UAE as the crossroads of the world and it underlines the fact that people are coming here - from south-east Asia, from all of sub-Saharan Africa, from the central Asian republics, from the rest of the Middle East - they are coming in droves and the figures are showing in the hotel rooms, the figures are showing at Dubai Shopping Festival, the figures are showing in Abu Dhabi, as people transit and visit the United Arab Emirates," he said.

"For us ... this is where people can do business. And for us, when we look at the US-UAE trade relationship; in 2011 it was $16bn; in 2012, we think, it's going to be - when the figures are totalled up - about $22bn. So that's more than a 40 per cent increase in trade, and what that reflects is that people are bringing business here."

US companies of varying size have a presence at the conference, with one small outfit offering inflatable mattresses that make transferring morbidly obese patients an easier task.

Other equipment being displayed includes a locking code system that ensures that patients receive the correct blood type.

Arab Health, which is in its 38th year and takes place each year at the World Trade Centre, Dubai, runs until Thursday.

zalhassani@thenational.ae

Back to the top

More articles


Editor's Picks

 An Egyptian Orthodox Christian priest give communion during the Palm Sunday service inCairo, Egypt. Mohamed El-Shahed / AFP

Region in focus - April 18, 2014

The best images of the last seven days from around the Gulf and across the Middle East.

 Above, the private pool of Ocean Heights' five-bedroom penthouse flat. Courtesy Christie’s International Real Estate

In pictures: Penthouse flat is height of Dubai luxury living

A five-bedroom penthouse in Ocean Heights in Dubai Marina is on sale for Dh25 million and comes with a private pool and an unparalleled view of Dubai.

Video: Local reactions to a national fishing ban

A federal fishing ban has been imposed by the UAE federal government, but local authorities are taking diiferent approaches to implementing the ban. Two fishermen tell two very different sides of the story. Produced by Paul O'Driscoll

 Hamburg players leave the field after the match against Borussia Moenchengladbach on March 30, 2014. AFP

Hamburg the dinosaur’s time may be up in Bundesliga

Ever-present for 51 years in the German top-flight, Hamburg face the prospect of relegation, writes Ian Hawkey.

 The new Bentley GT Speed convertible on display at a press event of the New York International Auto Show. Jason Szenes / EPA

In pictures: Hot cars at New York International Auto Show

With more than 1 million visitors annually, the New York International Auto Show is one of the most important shows for the US car industry. Here are some of the vehicles to be shown in this year’s edition.

 The cast of Fast & Furious 7, including Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, centre, on set at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

Fast & Furious 7 filming in full swing at Emirates Palace

Filming for Fast & Furious 7 has started and we have the first photos of the cast and crew on set at Emirates Palace hotel this morning. Visitors staying at Emirates Palace say they have been kept away from certain areas in the grounds.

Events

To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National