Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism: Understanding the Opportunities

Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism: Understanding the Opportunities

30 Apr 2019, 10:30 - 13:00

Inspiration Theatre 2

Major trends heating up in wellness travel and medical travel will be explored with our esteemed group of speakers and panelists.  We will discover the challenges and opportunities for both medical tourism and wellness tourism in the MENA region (and globally) and the rise of a new kind of holistic – or integrative – or medical wellness travel. How can travel professionals get involved?  Where are the opportunities to make money? Attendees will also hear the latest research and insights on the Middle East-North Africa wellness tourism and spa markets – the fastest-growing regional market in the world.  With MENA wellness tourism growing 13.4% annually and MENA spa revenues growing 30.4% yearly. This new data will span everything from which nations are rising fastest in wellness travel across MENA to the eye-opening spending premiums for wellness travelers for specific MENA nations. 


10:30 – 10:45: Latest Research, Latest Trends: Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism

Susie Ellis, Chairman and CEO, Global Wellness Institute, United States 


10:45 – 11:00: Past, Present and Future of Health Tourism for Dubai

Linda Abdullah, Consultant, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates


11:00 – 11:15: The International Picture and the Latest Medical Wellness Concepts 

Dr. Yasser Moshref, CEO, Premedion, Germany


11:15 – 11:35: CEO Perspective: The State of Medical Tourism

Andre Daoud, CEO, Medcare, United Arab Emirates


11:35 – 11:50: The First Middle East Holistic Wellbeing Resort: What is the Distinction?  

Samir Arora, General Manager, The Retreat Palm Dubai, United Arab Emirates


11:50 – 12:05: Ayurveda is Becoming Wildly Popular: What Travel Professionals Should Know 

Dr. Hafeel Ambalath, Founder & CEO, The Healers’ Clinic, United Arab Emirates


12:05 - 12:20: Understanding Integrative Wellness and What Consumers Want

Dr. Abhishek Jain, VP International Operations, WTS International, Inc., United States


12:20 – 12:55: Panel Q&A: Let’s Talk About the Future 


Susie Ellis, Chairman/CEO, Global Wellness Institute


Linda Abdullah, Consultant, Dubai Health Authority, United Arab Emirates

Andre Daoud, CEO, Medcare, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Abhishek Jain, Vice President, International Operations, WTS International, United States

Dr. Yasser Moshref, CEO, Premedion, Germany


12:55 – 1:00:  Mindfulness Body-Scan Meditation

Maria Paz, Wellness Coach & Co-Founder, MBS- A Happiness Center 



  • Susie Ellis


    Chairman & CEO

    Global Wellness Institute

    Susie Ellis is the chair and CEO of the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute, considered the industry’s leading global research and educational...

  • Dr. Abhishek Jain


    Vice President, International Operations

    WTS International, Inc.

    Dr. Abhishek Jain brings two decades of extensive experience in luxury hospitality, spa & wellness industries during which he worked on numerous...

  • Samir Arora


    General Manager

    The Retreat Palm Dubai

    Samir Arora is the general manager of The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel, the Middle East’s first holistic wellbeing resort. With key...

  • Dr. Yasser Moshref



    Premedion Spa Consulting & Management

    Dr. Yasser Moshref is currently the Managing Director of Premedion International since 2009. He began in 2005 his illustrious career with initial...

  • Linda Abdullah


    Consultant - Health Tourism Department

    Dubai Health Authority

    Linda Abdullah Ali is currently working as the Consultant to the Health Tourism Department in Dubai since 2016, she is a part of the team that is...

  • Andre Daoud


    Group CEO

    Medcare Hospitals

    Andre Daoud is the Group CEO at Medcare Hospitals and Medical Centres, joining the company in August 2018. Prior to being part of the healthcare...

  • Dr Hafeel Ambalath


    CEO and Ayurvedic Physician

    The Healers' Clinic

    Dr Ambalath is a fifth generation Ayurvedic physician who, in addition to formal qualifications and extensive clinical experience, carries with him...

  • Maria Paz


    Wellness Coach & Co-Founder

    MBS, A Happiness Center

    Maria Paz is a Certified Neuroleadership Institute Life Coach, International Relations BA, Yoga Alliance Registered Instructor and Meditation...

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