21 Irish companies in the medtech and wider healthcare sectors are exhibiting at Arab Health Dubai, a healthcare event taking place this week.

The Minister of State for Trade Promotion and Digital Transformation, Dara Calleary is leading a trade mission to Dubai to attend the event.

Minister Calleary said the Irish medtech industry exports to over 100 countries every year, worth over €13bn.

"This makes Ireland the second-largest exporter of medtech products in Europe," he added.

Mr Calleary said Irish companies are well positioned to provide solutions that healthcare providers need in the region.

"Dubai and the wider region is a key market for Irish companies to bring their innovation across a range of sectors, and this is evidenced by the year on year growth in exports.

"In 2021, we saw a 7% percent rise in Enterprise Ireland supported exports to the Middle East to €131.9m, all of which was brilliantly supported by our network of Enterprise Ireland market advisors based right across this region," he added.

Minister Calleary welcomed a series of key announcements and partnerships taking place this week by several of the Enterprise Ireland supported companies participating at Arab Health - including a new major strategic partnership between the UAE's leading healthcare provider, American Hospital Dubai and Enterprise Ireland.

"Today's landmark announcement by American Hospital Dubai and Enterprise Ireland will open the door to further healthcare innovation and even closer collaboration between Ireland and the UAE," Mr Calleary said.

Sherif Beshara, CEO of American Hospital Dubai also welcomed the partnership.

"It is a privilege to be the first private healthcare facility in the Middle East to join hands with Enterprise Ireland on this landmark partnership.

"As a healthcare leader, American Hospital Dubai has always invested in the power of partnerships for the greater good because we believe knowledge-sharing, education and capacity-building are the best tools to shape transformation," he said.