Finnish Cutting Edge Health Services and Technologies at Arab Health

Finnish Cutting Edge Health Services and Technologies at Arab Health


Finpro and Team Finland Showcase Cutting Edge Health Services and Technologies at Arab Health

Dubai, January 2017 - A Finnish ministerial delegation and over 30 Finnish companies will be participating in The Arab Health Exhibition & Congress, the largest healthcare exhibition and medical congress in the Middle East. The event which is taking place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre will run from 30 January to 2 February 2017.

The delegation which is supported by Team Finland including Finpro, Finland’s ministries and the Embassy of Finland in the UAE, will aim to showcase the latest Finnish healthcare services and technologies. This is part of a larger effort to gain visibility and to widen the reach of Finland’s medical export in the GCC. Two Finnish pavilions at Arab Health will feature a total of 21 companies in cooperation with Finpro’s health sector programs. In addition, six companies will participate in a delegation led by Ms. Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health, with the aim of mapping out the UAE market in order to secure business deals and to create new exports for Finland in the market.

Nora Kaarela, Head of Health Industry at Finpro points out that, “Finland ranks among the three strongest health technology economies in the world, with digital health being its largest high-tech export. Finland’s world-class research and technology competencies are the pinnacle of its health sector and one reason why Finland has one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world.”

The specialized fields of genomic research, diagnostics, chronic disease management, remote care technologies and services, imaging, patient monitoring, wearables, health services, elderly care and hospital IT all position Finland as a healthcare thought-leader.

Meria Heikelä, Program Director at Finpro adds that “Both the UAE and Finland are currently facing similar healthcare challenges including the prevention of diabetes 2, obesity and cardiovascular diseases as well as cancer screening, diagnosis and therapies.  With Dubai’s 2021 vision to be positioned as a leading health and medical tourism destination this allows and encourages scope for continued collaborations between Finland and the UAE in this segment.”

The growing healthcare needs in the UAE are the result of rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing disposable incomes. The health care market is expected to grow by 12.7% annually to Dh71.56bn by 2020 according to a report published by Alpen Capital’s GCC Healthcare Industry (1).

Preventive healthcare solutions are a key focus area for Finland at the exhibition. There is an increased global threat of the spread of hospital bacteria with an estimated 10 million fatalities annually by 2050. At the FinlandCare stand (hall H4, booth F10), the Hygienichospital group is providing unique and world renowned technology solutions to minimize the infection risks in hospitals focused on keeping hospitals and healthcare centers safe. The companies in this group represented at Arab Health include Ecosir, Genano and Medanta – exhibiting in cooperation with Merivaara. They aim to provide a holistic range of services to tackle these issues from antibacterial air filtering innovations to waste management, antibacterial clothing and surfaces and even wearable technologies.

Another Finland stand together with HUR is located in hall S3, booth C60 presenting Finnish innovations in areas such as preventive healthcare, rehabilitation, connected care and health services. You will also find Finnish companies in other halls, including OuluHealth stand in hall Z5, booth F21.

For more information please visit: and and our stands at ArabHealth.

Companies participating in Team Finland’s joint export push in the UAE include:

Finland stand
HUR, FootBalance, Labrox, Kide Systems, Finnsusp, Contralcare, Woble Helsinki, Modulight, Icare, Medixine, EMA Finland, Quha, FastROI, Oscare Medical, Bioretec, SE Innovations (SeniorSOME), Turku Gamelab / Turku University of Applied Sciences (16) and as a visitor Goodlife Technology

FinlandCare stand
Merivaara, Medanta, Ecosir, Genano

Team Finland delegation
Brainshake, David Health Solutions, Commit, Crown CRO, Aino Health Management, EMA Finland, FastROI and Stennova

Oulu Health
Conlog, Digifundus, Ikoni Online, Likelle, MedKit, Optomed, Peili Vision and QuietOn

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For further information please contact:
Nora Kaarela
Head of Health Industry, Finpro
Mobile: +358 400 897 020

Meria Heikelä
Director, FinlandCare
Mobile: +44 7787 153 014

Jukka Hahlanterä
Commercial Counsellor / Head of Finpro Middle East
Mobie: +971 56 782 9745

Middle East PR Inquiries should be directed to:
AllDetails Middle East

Ayla El Assaad – Senior Account Manager
Tel: +971 (0)4 448 4670  Mobile: +971 (0)50 307 3105
Email: ayla.elassaad(a)

Fatima Khaliq – Junior PR Executive
Tel: +971 (0)4 448 4670     Mobile: +971 (0)52 985 8944
E-mail: fatima.khaliq(a)

Notes to Editors:
Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes travel to Finland. Finpro is a public organization consisting of Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Our 240 professionals work in 37 offices in 31 countries abroad and 6 offices in Finland. Finpro is part of the Team Finland network. Finpro – Growth for Finland

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