The coronavirus pandemic has tested public health systems globally. Few novel and infectious diseases
around the world have ever posed such dramatic challenges as the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which
causes COVID-19. With highly efficient human-to-human transmission and high mortality rates, COVID19 led the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern and
caused countries around the world to reassess their public health capabilities. The United Arab Emirates,
like other members of the international community, faced the unprecedented challenge of ensuring
public health and safety while minimizing economic fallout.
The U.A.E. government quickly took precautionary health measures after its first recorded case of
COVID-19 on the 29th of January 2020, setting the stage for the U.A.E. to be recognized as a global leader
in its COVID-19 response. The U.A.E. banned large gatherings, limited international travel, required
mandatory quarantines for travelers and those potentially exposed to the virus, encouraged telework,
and began an unparalleled effort of mass testing. These efforts by the U.A.E.’s leadership allowed the
U.A.E. to be globally ranked as one of the top countries, and the highest in the Arab world, in terms of its
Top 40 Healthcare Startups in UAE:
- VPS Healthcare
VPS Healthcare is an integrated healthcare service provider with 22 operational hospitals, over 125 healthcare centres, 13000 employees, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturing plants in Dubai and medical support services spread across the Middle East, Europe and India. By providing comprehensive patient management at international quality standards across the MENA Region and beyond and to the entire strata of community, VPS Healthcare reflects a brand image of excellence in healthcare delivery system. VPS Healthcare is recognized as an Industry Partner by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and is also a member of the MENA Regional Partnership Community of the WEF. In addition to this, VPS Healthcare is also the proud holder of the Guinness World Record for Largest Simultaneous Self-Examination for Breast Cancer 2014.
2. Amana Healthcare
Amana Healthcare, part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers, is the Middle East’s leading provider of specialized long-term care, rehabilitation and home healthcare services and is the region’s pioneer in integrated continuum-of-care services. Based in the United Arab Emirates, Amana serves patients from a wide catchment area—including the Middle East, Africa and South Asia—who need complex, specialized post-acute care. Amana’s hospitals are accredited by the U.S. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
3. Al Noor Hospitals Group
In February 2016, Al Noor Hospitals Group (ANHG) combined with Mediclinic Middle East. Mediclinic Middle East is part of Mediclinic International, a private hospital group with three operating platforms in Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia), Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Mediclinic Middle East operates six hospitals and more than 20 clinics in the United Arab Emirates, with more than 700 inpatient beds. Mediclinic puts science at the heart of its care approach, focusing on providing the best possible facilities with international-standard technology, backed-up by sound medical expertise and the empathy of its nursing staff. Following the combination of ANHG with Mediclinic Middle East, all hospitals and clinics under the ANHG name began the process of rebranding to Mediclinic in April 2017. Following the rebranding, the ANHG LinkedIn page is no longer active. For more information and news about Mediclinic Middle East, please visit the Mediclinic Middle East page.
Bodyo is a 360° telehealth consumer engagement solution that makes health assessment easy and intuitive through smart self-screening and teleconsultation stations, and mobile applications, empowering users to monitor and control their health and wellbeing along their journey. The AIPod and Health Lounge are self-service stations that capture and analyze precise and reliable health data collected from medical grade integrated physiological sensors. Thanks to its individual and population-based AI data processing, Bodyo gives relevant guidance for teleconsultations and longitudinal epidemiological follow-up.
5. Takalam Online Counseling
Takalam is an award-winning UAE based online counseling platform for mental well-being. Connecting individuals and organizations directly with professional counselors through a private and personalized digital experience using video, audio, and instant messaging on a highly secured platform. Their mission is to promote a state of well-being and the pursuit of having a healthy mind by making online counseling available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. They also aim to break the cultural stigma around mental health by creating awareness campaigns to create social impact for the benefit of the community.
6. inKin Social Fitness Platform
inKin Corporate Wellness is a simple to use and efficient tool that helps run friendly fitness competitions among family, friends, and colleagues and promote a healthy lifestyle, and can be used as an additional instrument for corporate wellness facilitation.
7. LVL Wellbeing
LVL is a digital and physical ecosystem that provides world-class wellbeing services to people at the world’s most forward-thinking organisations. They believe that wellbeing is paramount for people and organisations and they’re on a mission to help 10 million people Prioritize Well by 2025. Through a combination of live and on-demand sessions, their LVL streaming platform helps people to address their needs across 8 pillars of wellbeing. They’re also opening physical LVL spaces; creating visionary hubs for an entire lifestyle with wellbeing at the centre. No matter where you are in your wellbeing journey, LVL is your guide.
Offering solutions to treat mental health issues by featuring content that is extracted from Quran, Hadith, Islamic Literature and created with the help of famous scholars and life coaches. We’re essentially in the business of creating happiness for people and allaying their anxiety.
9. Protein Bakeshop
Protein Bake Shop is a perfect meal option for people who follow a healthy lifestyle, try to “eat clean” and trying to lose weight but have a massive sweet tooth. The products at Protein Bake Shop are free of gluten, lactose and sugar, the products help you gain muscle and not the calories or fats. With a strict denial against artificial sweeteners and chemicals like aspartame, splenda and absolutely against wheat, dairy and refined sugar, PBS serves a balanced carb to protein ratio.
Accumed is company in the Middle East to provide comprehensive end-to-end revenue cycle management solutions to the healthcare sector. Innovation is our core driver and we pride ourselves in evolving our products and services to address current and future challenges in our direct and indirect industries. At our heart, we are a strong team of inspired, pioneering and passionate individuals leading by example. The idea of a challenge is fuel to our ever-growing desire for accomplishment and when everyone else is adapting to today, we are thinking about tomorrow and the years after that – reinventing like a Phoenix, so that you won’t need to. We don’t just follow the best practices, we help create them. We are diligent and empowered by our peers and colleagues. We take pride and ownership in our work. We act with integrity and hold ourselves accountable.
11. Aster DM Healthcare
From a single medical centre to a performance-driven healthcare enterprise spread across more than 366 medical establishments, including 27 hospitals, 115 clinics and 223 pharmacies in 7 countries and growing, Aster DM Healthcare has transitioned into being the leading healthcare authority across the Middle East and India. Currently one of the largest and fastest growing conglomerates in the MENA region, Aster DM Healthcare covers the full spectrum of healthcare services.
An expansive portfolio includes hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, diagnostic centres, educational institutions, healthcare management and healthcare support systems. Headquartered in Dubai, the Aster DM network now encompasses more than 19,657 employees( Doctors, Nurses, Others) with JCI accredited clinics and diagnostic centres.
12. NMC Healthcare
NMC Healthcare is the largest private healthcare company in the UAE. Over the last 46 years, NMC has earned the trust of millions, thanks to its personalized care, genuine concern and a sincere commitment to the overall well-being of the communities it serves. Before going for delisting in April 2020, NMC had enjoyed the recognition as the first company from Abu Dhabi to list on the London Stock Exchange and be a part of the premium FTSE 100 Index, an elite club of top 100 blue-chip companies by market cap.
NMC’s strategic acquisitions coupled with its legacy institutions have allowed it to fill the service gap in the healthcare delivery system and offer a continuum of care to patients in acute, chronic care and long term care.
BasharaCare.com offers premium skin care products online to men and women in the Middle East. With over 100 brands typically found in clinics and luxury spas, BasharaCare makes it easy to identify, compare and select the skin care products that best answer one’s needs. The online store, supervised by dermatologists and professionals in the industry, provides health and beauty content in both English and Arabic.
YACOB is an integrative nutrition management program/platform that brings together and creates the most efficient communication and operational flow between children, parents, schools and food vendors in the UAE. YACOB’s mission is to enhance children’s and parents’ health behaviours related to nutrition and physical activity both at home and at school. They do this through a combined family-centred and individual approach that, implicitly, is set to trigger a sense of wellbeing in the community.
Based on holistic data ranging from children’s current health levels to their eating habits and physical activity patterns and up to sleeping and screen time balance – in correlation with the international standards set by the World Health Organization, they are developing an adaptive gamified framework in order to trigger children’s desire and determination to become healthier.
souKare is a health-tech start-up that provides simpler, sooner, smarter online pharmacy and healthcare services in the region. souKare’s digital pharmacy platform is leveraging technology to deliver best-in-class pharmacy solution at your doorstep while creating a seamless hassle-free health care journey for the end user. Their vision is to ensure customers never miss a dose of their medication again, never run out of healthcare products and make smarter, healthier decisions going forward.
16. Alliance Care Technologies
Alliance Care Technologies provides analytical and productivity tools to hospitals, physicians, and patients to improve quality, efficiency and patient outcomes across the continuum of care. ACT internationally represents small companies and startups in the medtech space with focus on AI based healthcare optimization. ACT tailors and integrates individual healthcare products into comprehensive solutions to meet market needs. ACT develops solutions centered on value-based healthcare optimization. International VAR, Value-Based Healthcare solutions, AI Mammography, Telehealth solutions, Telemedicine solutions, Remote Physical Therapy, Patient monitoring, Patient engagement.
17. Bentham Science
Bentham Science is a progressive science, technology, and medical (STM) publisher, providing academic researchers and industrial professionals with the latest information in diverse fields of science and technology. Their peer-reviewed scholarly journals and books have an ever-increasing readership of millions of researchers worldwide. Bentham Science currently publishes more than 100 journals in both electronic and printed formats. Their journals cover various disciplines in pharmaceutical research and development, medical subspecialties, engineering, technology, and social sciences. Forty journals published by Bentham Science have also received impact factor rankings in the annual Journal Citation Reports.
18. Alma Health
Alma Health’s vision is to create a world in which your chronic condition does not complicate your life. A world in which hours are not wasted in crowded waiting rooms and you never have to face the surprise of an unexpected medical bill. A world in which managing your health is as easy as a click of a few buttons. Alma Health lifts a weight off your shoulders and the shoulders of those who support and love you to completely evolve every step of your healthcare experience. Everything about a chronic condition may be complicated, but Alma Health is simple and seamless. Trust Alma Health to support you through every step of managing your chronic condition from doctor consultation to prescription delivery. Our healthcare staff are available for ongoing support.
19. Nabta Health
Nabta Health offers personalised healthcare to women in emerging markets using a new model of hybrid healthcare. By combining the best of digital and traditional healthcare, they enable women to diagnose and manage non-communicable diseases in an accessible and affordable manner. Hybrid Healthcare reimagines clinical pathways, moving away from provider centricity to a person-led, person-centric model of care that is fully personalised through the application of machine learning. Their first clinical pathway supports the diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), allowing women to be diagnosed in 3 months versus the global average of 2.5 years. PCOS is responsible for 70% of female infertility worldwide, and is mostly misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.
KeepVision helps to detect poor eye sight of kids in early stage, as well as monitors of the overall health of childsren’s eyes by recording and monitoring several parameters and factors such as daily phone usage, ambient light condition, age, gender, pre-existing eye conditions, visual work/rest, etc, in a stealth manner, running in the background, while the child uses the smartphone/tablet.
Steppi designs the latest technology to encourage and motivate people to be more active. Their vision of ‘a more active world’ is at the core of everything they do – the people they hire, the products they create and the partnerships they cultivate. By creating meaningful solutions that educate, inspire and reward people to make positive decisions about their wellness – they believe they will change lives.
Smileneo is a health tech company enabling doctors to be part of the digitalisation of teeth straightening. They believe that high-quality orthodontics should be affordable and convenient. Smileneo Invisible Braces are durable, stain-resistant, and BPA- and phthalate-free, moving teeth gently to their desired position. With fully digital processes and end-to-end 3D technology they provide a seamless experience without compromising on patient care. Their mobile application creates the next level of convenience by saving recurring clinic visits for the patient and allowing remote monitoring by their doctor.
23. ICT Health
ICT Health is one of the leading, integrated clinical-technology companies, operating across the IMEA region (India, Middle-East, Africa). More than a hundred healthcare providers have harnessed our experience of near three decades, and availed of services from their locally based technology and consulting specialists. They offer end-to-end solutions for the healthcare domain including Information Systems related to Patient Administration, Electronic Health Records, Healthcare ERP, imaging solutions, clinical automation and medical device technologies, IT Infrastructure and Managed Services, as well as outsourced clinical services including hospital management and quality accreditation.
Healthigo provides the best-in-class patient experience and engagement platform for healthcare providers. They connect the healthcare ecosystem through strategic partnerships ensuring maximum exposure to healthcare providers and doctors, providing easy access to care 24×7 in a secure, smooth and transparent manner. Patients and care seekers can instantly book an appointment from over 18,000 doctors at 2,500+ healthcare facilities, get reminders of their upcoming appointments, ease visit to their doctor, and much more. Community powered patient reviews help users make informed decisions on selecting a doctor of their choice and share their personal experiences.
25. NewBridge Pharmaceuticals
NewBridge Pharmaceuticals is a regional specialty company established to bridge the access gap and partner with pharma & biotech companies to in-license and commercialize FDA or EMA/European approved innovative pharmaceutics, biologics, & other healthcare solutions in the Middle East and Africa region. The areas of Oncology, Immunology, Neuroscience, Gastrointestinal & Nutrition are NewBridge’s current strategic focus. The existing product portfolio was built to address unmet medical needs in the region & enabled the company not just to gain substantial presence, but also to help patients gain access to these much-needed innovations.
NewBridge is driven by highly experienced leadership in the biopharmaceutical industry regionally & globally, as well as talented motivated teams with a proven track record of regional achievements, which collectively has allowed NewBridge to establish itself as a strategic & successful pharmaceutical partner of choice in the MENA Region.
26. Health Yotta
HealthYotta.com is a digital health platform connecting healthcare providers with patients seeking advise about their health online for healthier and happier people.
Neo-Science & Group (NSG) is a trusted provider of high quality tools and services to the Life Science (Genomics) Research and Diagnostics and Analytical, Proteomics, Metabolomics industry. They offer one stop solutions to meet the changing needs of the clinical, scientific community. They are associated with renowned manufacturers globally recognized as market leaders in the industry. They offer COVID-19 PCR Tests, COVID-19 Antibody Tests, and genetic testing for pregnant women (NIPT, NIFTY) Tests.
Neo-Science employs around 100 qualified professionals and has acquired a solid reputation for delivering innovative products, integrated solutions, and professional support across Analytical, Proteomics, Metabolic, Life Science Genomics, Research and Diagnostics, and Informatics.
28. Ver2 Digital Medicine
Ver2 is the leading business to business integrated, multi-specialty, telemedicine services provider offering a full range of telemedicine services, including radiology, pathology, cardiology, stroke assessment, remote patient monitoring, and much more. They provide a one-stop-shop for all of your telemedicine needs, which will increase your workforce capacity and provide access to specialists and second opinions. If you already have excess clinical capacity, you can share these resources remotely with their rapidly growing local and international network of consumers and providers of virtual healthcare services.
YallaDoc is the first specialty focused patient-doctor platform focusing on pediatrics. Their mission at Yalladoc is to help each and every parent take the right decision when it comes to looking for a doctor for her little ones! YallaDoc allows a patient-friendly access to the right doctor, It gives a highly reliable constantly updated directory of healthcare providers to conveniently choose and book doctors based on Specialty of subspecialty,reviews, Insurance, location and availability.
Democrance helps insurers increase their digital sales and access new customer segments. They deal in Health insurance. Headquartered in Dubai, UAE and operating across the Middle East and Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America, Democrance works with insurers, mobile operators and other industries to offer insurance and protection to the underinsured and uninsured population of emerging markets.
Okadoc is a tech company that aims to improve your healthcare experience. Wherever they are, patients can use Okadoc’s app to find in-network doctors, instantly book appointments online, receive reminders for upcoming appointments, and more. Okadoc’s telemedicine platform enables virtual consultations and connects patients to over 1400 doctors and 160 healthcare providers across the country, including 70 specialties. Okadoc’s app is also a 24/7 intelligent medical calendar system that helps practitioners, clinics and hospitals optimize their bookings, attract and engage new patients, build and strengthen their online reputation, reduce ‘no-shows’, and more. Okadoc’s online marketplace delivers the efficient, seamless, and simple experience that everyone expects and deserves
TachyHealth and team are building the next generation healthcare solutions to drive the value-based healthcare for payers and providers with Artificial intelligence and data science. Their executive team has +70 years of collective experience working on successful business and projects valued at +100M USD.
Sehteq was founded in 2013 and offered 15 high-risk, end to end, cross- country treatment packages for radio-oncology, cornea transplant, bone marrow transplant and pediatric cardiac surgery direct to consumers and institutional buyers. Then, joined Ras Al Khaimah Incubator & Accelerator in 2017, and leveraged the technology resources and government access the incubator provided and pivoted to be the first digital health insurance provider in the region. Sehteq “ Arabic for your health” is Oscar-Like digital health insurance company in UAE backed by Ras Al Khaimah based VC 971 Capital. Sehteq offers low cost, consumer centric, and regulatory compliant health insurance plans to individuals, SME’s and large groups in 6 out of the 7 Emirates in UAE and soon to launch in Abu Dhabi.
KLAIM.AI is an innovative HealthTech – FinTech startup transforming healthcare billing and processing by combining a powerful AI driven claim management SaaS platform as well as Financing under one umbrella. With a strong mission to simplify healthcare payments for everyone, they provide an easy-to-use platform to trace and compile claims history under their revolutionary platform. Their offering has been designed to ensure efficiency and transparency on the full revenue lifecycle of a claim from appointment to cash reconciliation, helping increase their revenue through reduced claim processing time and errors, and faster payments. Klaim has been implemented at hospitals in Dubai (with more than 1.5 million transactions) as well as clinics and pharmacies.
ProvenMed was founded by two entrepreneurs Souheil Guessoum and Amine Staali who got inspired by the story from a friend and his daily challenges of living with urinary incontinence. Together, they combined their skills and commitment and developed the flagship innovative solution ActivGo® that is transforming many patients’ lives. It is today the first urinary incontinence wearable device of its kind, developed completely from the patient’s perspective, not from an engineer’s view. ProvenMed research & development continue, with the experience of patients shaping new development and innovation.
Prognica, an AI powered health-tech company, aims to improve clinical outcomes and accelerate the discovery of breakthrough advancements in the fight against cancer. Prognica analyses medical images and generates information and data to help predict and diagnose cancer using artificial intelligence and deep learning.
Vezeeta offers a seamless digital platform to help over 10 million patients search, choose, and book their healthcare providers based on real patient reviews and ratings, live doctors’ scheduling, location, fees, health insurance providers, from a network of over 35,000 top-rated doctors across 43 medical specialties. Using the app or website, patients can schedule appointments for in-clinic, virtual or at-home consultations as well as book operations and diagnostics. Patients can also purchase prescription medications online and arrange for home deliveries using the online pharmacy solution.
Based in Dubai, they’ve created an innovative digital platform that will become the number one destination for aesthetic medicine information, a tech-driven marketplace, and a cutting-edge e-commerce site, all in one. With support from the region’s leading experts in aesthetic technology, alongside some of the best digital brains in the business, selfologi really will be a game-changer for a multi-billion dollar industry.
The first and largest platform in the Arab region that offers telemedicine consultation services, allowing patients to connect directly with doctors via audio calls and chats. Stemming from the fact that there are approximately 400 million people in the Arab World lacking access to essential medical services, Altibbi works diligently to circulate medical content in the Arabic Language via the Internet. By providing medical information from trusted sources and remote medical consultation services for all Arabic speakers, Altibbi helps patients access medical information and advice, thus reducing the number of unnecessary doctor visits and lessening the pressure on the healthcare system. Winner of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Award and the World Summit Award for best digital content in the health and well-being category.
40. Health at Hand Healthcare
The fastest and cost efficient way to access a qualified doctor, Health at Hand is a video consultation platform, providing access to doctors within minutes. Available on iOS and Android, our app eradicates waiting times, giving patients access to quality advice from the comfort of their home or on the go, for an affordable fee. Health at Hand is proud to be the first healthcare provider to be licensed by the Dubai Health Authority to provide telehealth services. Health at Hand has the highest doctor accreditation standards in the industry, only working with the best trained doctors: our quality assurance and improvement programme assures the quality of care our doctors provide. The Health at Hand platform meets HIPAA standards, the most respected global standard for protecting sensitive patient data.
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