UAE patients highest spending medical tourists in South Korea

Updated 20 September 2017
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UAE patients highest spending medical tourists in South Korea

The Korea National Tourism Organization will host this year’s edition of the Korea Medical & Wellness Travel Mart in Dubai. The event will be held from Sept. 22-23 at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City Hotel.
According to a recent report from the Korea National Tourism Organization, more than 3,562 tourists from the UAE had visited Korea for medical purposes in 2016 — reflecting a 20.9 percent increase as compared to the previous year. As such, a total of 364,189 tourists coming from 190 countries were recorded to have visited South Korea for medical treatments and services last year, showing an increase of 22.67 percent.
Senior officials of the tourism body said the two-day event will prove to be “an excellent and strategic platform to showcase South Korea’s advanced and world-class medical services, while also promoting the country’s strength as a tourist haven.”
The Medical & Wellness Travel Mart will feature the participation of around 30 of Korea’s leading medical institutes and cultural organizations. The event is aimed toward increasing awareness about Korea’s medical services and treatments that potential tourists from the UAE can avail themselves of during their period of travel. Korean cultural organizations will provide workshops to highlight Korean traditional clothing, accessories, and food, while giving visitors the opportunity to experience Korea’s best tourist attractions through virtual reality (VR).
“We are looking forward to host this edition of the Medical & Wellness Travel Mart in Dubai, which will give us the opportunity to tap into a large base of potential tourists in search of an ideal medical tourism destination,” said Kyoosang Kang, regional director, Korea National Tourism Organization — Dubai.
He added: “Our recent studies have shown that UAE nationals have the highest average medical spending per patient among Korea’s international patients, recorded at $10,557. We are hoping that this event will promote South Korea’s medical tourism sector and attract more UAE tourists to visit the country.”
As part of the Medical & Wellness Travel Mart 2017, Korea National Tourism Organization will also host a special medical and beauty event for the UAE’s major women’s committees. Three Korean hospitals and beauty clinics will conduct seminars on issues relating to women’s health, beauty trends and current medical treatments for women.


Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

Updated 17 July 2018
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Emaar reopens historic Al-Alamein Hotel

The historic Al-Alamein Hotel has officially reopened after a major facelift by Emaar Hospitality Group that makes it among the finest resorts along the Mediterranean.

The opening event was attended by Egyptian Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, VIP guests, top media figures, as well as other public figures.

Situated in the picturesque setting of Sidi Abdel Rahman Bay, the hotel’s glamorous design ethos and refurbished retro-modern interiors hark back to the glory days of the 1960s, when the resort first opened.

The remodelled designs blend vintage charm with contemporary style, evoking a sense of nostalgia to the golden age of Egyptian music and cinema. “The refurbishment of Al-Alamein Hotel provides an example of our determination to offer a hotel that is on a par with, or rather superior to, world-class resorts,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar. 

“We strive for nothing less than the highest global standards for our customers and our developments in Egypt including Al-Alamein Hotel, of which renovation costs totaled EGP 1.5 billion ($84 million),” Alabbar added.

While the building stays true to its rich heritage, visitors can expect modern comfort and style everywhere, from the bar and restaurants to the corridors and rooms.

There is something remarkable around every corner of the resort. An impressive assortment of black and white photographs of Egypt’s most celebrated classical actors and singers festooning columns at the lobby offer visitors much to marvel at once they walk into the building.

The hotel is also home to the renowned Umbrellas sculpture by Greek artist George Zongolopoulos, a poetic structure of steel umbrellas that stretches 13 meters into the sky, offering a dramatic reinterpretation of Abdel Halim Hafez’ classic oldie “Dokko Elshamasy” or “Fix the Umbrellas on the Beach.” One of the most photographed modern sculptures worldwide, the piece was first displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1995, where it drew international attention, and will now delight visitors to this Egyptian vacation spot.

The hotel also boasts a magnificent collection of art works and sculptures by a large number of local and global artists, including an iconic mosaic mural of late legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum and another one featuring colorful ancient boats.

Al-Alamein Hotel is part of a thriving residential and tourist community Emaar is developing in Marassi, the company’s flagship Mediterranean landmark in Egypt. These include several hotels already launched such as Vida Marassi Marina, Address Marassi Beach Resort and Address Marassi Golf Resort + Spa. Marassi will be home to seven luxury hotels with up to 3,000 rooms.