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The first time in the region that a medical service provider and an airline collaborated to promote Abu Dhabi as a premier medical travel destination. Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have signed an agreement for this collaboration.

Etihad will offer specific medical travel packages to key markets around the world, they will provide a single solution for booking flights, accommodation and Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic, covering more than 40 medical and surgical specialties will provide its medical treatments under this agreement.

“Specialized services for travelers with pre-existing medical conditions, including the care by our in flight nurses, it is a natural step forward for us to work with such a prestigious medical company to give our guests more choice in search of the perfect healthcare travel package. Significant global investment in improving its medical services has been seen by Abu Dhabi and we are proud to play a role in making this world-class healthcare easier to access.” Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said.

The decision to partner with medical travel services was confirmed as part of the support of both organizations for Abu Dhabi’s wider plan to become a leading medical tourism hub, announced earlier this year by Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health and Culture & Tourism Department.

“We are pleased to sign this agreement with Etihad Airways, an organization that reflects our commitment of maintaining the highest level of safety and quality at all times. The collaboration of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways will make our care more accessible than ever before to patients and their families.” Dr. Rakesh Suri, CEO of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, said.

Dr. Nadia Bastaki, Vice President of Medical Services, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “This partnership puts together two of the most respected institutions in the UAE to promote Abu Dhabi as a top medical travel destination. The relationship is a natural fit, with both Etihad and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi committed to provide the respective sectors with an unmatched customer experience.

Etihad Airways will bring the complex and critical care services of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to new markets with a fleet of more than 108 aircraft flying to destinations around the globe, strengthening Abu Dhabi’s reputation as a global hub for world-class medical tourism.

“To manage growing international patients, Mubadala works with a number of key partners as part of our drive to develop a world-class, fully sustainable private healthcare sector in the UAE. This agreement will provide a seamless patient journey starting from the patient’s home country and taking them to one of the world’s leading hospitals through treatment and aftercare.” Senior Vice President, Mubadala Healthcare, Hasan Jasem Al Nowais said.

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