Over the past several decades, perhaps no industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has enjoyed more significant growth than health care. As a direct result of significant investments in the health care infrastructure, life expectancy in the UAE has reached 76.5 years, which puts it on a par with some of the most developed nations on the planet. In addition to eradicating infectious diseases, such as poliomyelitis, measles, and malaria, the UAE has reduced maternal mortality rates to just 10 per 100,000.
Although life expectancy in the UAE is at an all-time high, lifestyle diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, have emerged as leading causes of death. To address these growing health concerns, world-class medical facilities, such as the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, have sprung up throughout the country. The UAE government has also emphasized disease prevention via campaigns such as the Pink Caravan Initiative, a mobile health-screening unit that reaches thousands of men and women every year.