Retiring in Dubai is to get easier

Dubai is increasingly becoming a magnet for those looking to escape the British weather for their ‘sunset years’, and are in search of great quality of life and access to all the benefits of an upscale modern city.
A new project to improve independent retirement in Dubai and assisted living homes has been announced, making it an ever better time to move to Dubai, a city that has become renowned for its diverse culture, high standard of living and favourable weather. United Arab Emirates also consistently receives a high score in the HSBC Expat Explorer survey for healthcare access and quality, partly because of the healthcare system (as well as local infrastructure) being funded by the local gas and oil trade.
Although private healthcare is available, the local population and expats are entitled to free healthcare. Due to the relatively small population, and the number and quality of facilities, waiting lists and almost unheard of.
The Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has announced that it is planning to build retirement homes both for locals and foreign nationals. The plan will not only make the UAE more attractive to older expats, but will also require an extra wave of medical professionals to fill the job vacancies. It is also expected that the Arab Health Congress will bring in thousands of medical experts and medical technology firms to Dubai.
The DHCC was launched in 2002 by the UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare. According to CEO of Dubai Healthcare City, Marwan Abdin, a medical teaching college is also being planned “We are currently revisiting designs and plans ,” he said. “DHCC is committed to education and to building a specialised medical talent pool in the region.” Abdin also told Dubai -based Gulf News that the new homes will be located at the Continuing Care Retirement Community and international specialists will be on hand to provide medical support to the residents.
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