Only a few decades ago, the Arabian Gulf was the scene of pearl divers, spice traders and sparsely populated nomadic settlements. Today, it is a dynamic, global hub for finance, logistics and tourism. Increased prosperity, however, has also brought new health challenges in the form of a sharp increase in non-communicable diseases and an ageing population. To realize its vision of a better future, the region should revamp its healthcare infrastructure, improve healthcare service delivery and empower people to lead healthy lives.
With their health systems overburdened and the prospect of caring for their ageing populations, the region has begun to take actionArjen Radder