In 2015, 150,000 medical tourists used 1,400 of Dubai’s 2,900 healthcare facilities

In 2015, 150,000 medical tourists used 1,400 of Dubai’s 2,900 healthcare facilities

If you are in the thick of the job hunt and hoping to land one soon, these sectors in the UAE look promising and can offer you opportunities in the current market.

There is increased demand for healthcare professionals as vacancies in this sector are on the rise.

According to the latest Monster Employment Index (for last month), this particular sector registered a 45 per cent growth, year-on-year, making it a bright area for jobseekers.

“E-demand for jobs in the healthcare industry has increased 76 per cent year-to-date, while demand for healthcare professionals in the UAE has also exhibited impressive growth of 66 per cent year to date,” said Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, (India, Middle East, South East Asia and Hong Kong).

“As the region continues to look for better talent in this industry, professionals with the right mix of expertise and skills are highly sought-after,” he added.

“Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA) has in recent years been promoting the emirate as a medical tourism hub, and I expect more investment in this
industry to further stimulate the job market,” added Modi.

“In 2015, 150,000 medical tourists used 1,400 of the emirate’s 2,900 healthcare facilities, coming from with the UAE, the GCC, Asia and Europe.

The DHA expects this statistic to increase to 170,000 medical tourists in 2016, with revenues of about $300 million,” he noted.

After healthcare, education is the second sector that offers good job opportunities.

The sector saw an increase of 72 per cent in the number of online jobs posted in February 2016, when compared to the same period the year before.

The third top performing sector is IT, adding jobs in the market.


The lowest growth industries in the country include oil and gas, which saw an 8 per cent dip in the number of online jobs advertised during the abovementioned period.

Advertising, market research, public relations, media and entertainment was the second worst performer with a 4 per cent dip and hospitality with a 3 per cent dip in growth.


By Shuchita Kapur