Healthcare trade mission from the Netherlands to the UAE

The (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport, His Excellency Martin van Rijn, is visiting Abu Dhabi and Dubai from 3 to 7 April. The (Acting) Minister is accompanied by 30 innovative Dutch companies from the life sciences and health sectors.

“Our Dutch business delegation of companies and academia in the field of life sciences and health are eager to explore opportunities for cooperation with their Emirati counterparts. I am convinced that this mission will further strengthen the relationship between the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands,” stated H.E. Martin van Rijn, (Acting) Minister for Health, Welfare and Sport of the Netherlands.

The delegation will be meeting with the Minister of Health and Prevention, H.E. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammed Al Owais, and a variety of other parties in the UAE including Health Authority Abu Dhabi, the Dubai Health Authority, and Dubai Healthcare City. Visits to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Al Jalila Children’s Hospital are also included in the program.

The Netherlands is consistently ranked in the top three of the Euro Health Consumer Index and even took the number 1 position for the last five years in a row.  Dutch inventive products and services help answer the challenges of our time: ageing, chronic diseases, and an unhealthy lifestyle. Our use of tobacco and unhealthy diets combined with less exercise leads to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. These diseases increase the demands on our healthcare professionals and on the infrastructure around them. These developments also require a shift from cure to prevention. A healthier lifestyle that includes regular exercise as well as a healthy diet leads to more healthy life years and in the end a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness.

The Netherlands has a unique position in offering integrated healthcare solutions. The growth and investment in the healthcare sector creates opportunities for interesting and innovative partnerships. Governments will remain key players. Yet in order to keep healthcare accessible, affordable, and innovative, it is crucial to cooperate with knowledge institutes and private businesses. The visit of the trade delegation, led by H.E. Van Rijn, is another step in increasing the cooperation between the UAE and the Netherlands in the healthcare field.