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Healthcare & Education

In line with rapid population growth, increasing life expectancy, growing affluence and ambitious plans to develop medical tourism, the UAE's healthcare sector is set to experience rapid growth over the next few years. According to the UAE Ministry of Health, government spending on healthcare will reach Dh40 billion by 2015.

Arpal Gulf products are used every day in some of the best known schools and hospitals in the UAE with our range of hospital grade disinfectants and building services cleaning products. We supply our products direct to the organisation or as is increasingly the trend, to outsourcing companies who provide soft services as part of an integrated facilities management contract.

Major public healthcare initiatives within the UAE include plans for 35 healthcare projects spread across the Northern Emirates and a 12-year masterplan by the Dubai Health Authority to ensure that all hospitals will be within a 12 KM radius of all catchment areas. In the UAE private healthcare sector, a number of new multi-specialty hospitals have recently been opened. Another major factor in this buoyancy is a rapidly growing affluent population and an increase in the number of elderly patients.

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The UAE’s private education market is about the same size as India’s and China’s combined. Western-branded higher education institutions in the country are growing by 15 per cent a year, with the UAE hosting 37 international branch campuses – the highest number in the world. Such is the scale of the ambition for this dynamic country.

The education sector in the Middle East is also growing rapidly at both school and higher education level. 355 education projects are currently underway across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, with 92% of those in Saudi Arabia. The number of students in the region will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3% between 2013 and 2020 to 13.7 million.

Enrolment in private schools is set for even faster growth of 6.7% CAGR between 2013 and 2020. An additional 9.5 million students across the entire GCC region are expected between 2011 and 2030. There are currently 433 international schools operating in the UAE alone; but more seats are still required - 70,000 are needed in Abu Dhabi by 2020. By 2020, private schools in Abu Dhabi will accommodate 283,000 pupils.

Dubai, in particular, has emerged as a major regional education hub becoming the third most popular destination for MENA students after the US and France. One example of Dubai’s role as a key hub for students from the region is the massive Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) development.

Billed as “the world’s largest Free Zone dedicated to higher education,” DIAC is an 18 million square foot state-of-the-art campus involving institutions from ten countries and hosting over 20,000 students from 125 countries. The rapid growth of the education sector in the region is not without its problems. The UAE needs to hire 75,000 teachers.

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