Al Taie Center for laparoscopic and obesity surgery is based in Jumeirah, Dubai. The center is an integral team for the management of general surgery, obesity, sleeve gastrectomy, and metabolic diseases, we also provide Plastic Surgery.

Success in the management of morbid obesity and the maintenance of sustained weight loss requires collaborative, continuous, and complete preoperative and postoperative care through the experience of Dr. Abdulsalam and the team of consultant surgeons and dietitians with the aid of modern endoscopy treatment, sleeve gastrectomy, and body composition analyzer machine. We are deeply concerned about offering our patients modern and up-to-date techniques in laparoscopy.

center-of-excellence-logo Dubai Healthcare Industry Worth

Dubai, the fastest growing healthcare city in UAE, is also fast evolving to become one of the leading medical capitals in the world. As of 2015, the industry worth of Dubai’s healthcare sector was projected in excess of $13 billion whereas the industry is projected to be worth $15 billion by the end of 2016. Dubai is home to more than 2,500 healthcare facilities and 33,000 medical professionals.

Dubai – Destination of the Year (10th World Health Tourism Congress)

Dubai won the destination of the year award at the 10th World Health Tourism Congress as the Emirates attracted 260,000 medical tourists in the first half of 2015 generating $273 million in revenue. Dubai intends to grow the number of medical tourists by around 12 percent on y-o-y and generate $710 million by 2020. Mainly patients from Asian, European, and Arabian countries travel to Dubai for specialized orthopedics, dental and fertility treatments as well as cosmetic surgeries, infertility, and preventive health treatments.


Market Analysis

Obesity is on the rise globally and UAE is not faring well compared to other countries. More than 2.1 billion people—close to 30 percent of the global population—today are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization.

A consequence of the prevalence of overweight and obese people is the high incidence of the disease associated with the condition – type 2 diabetes.
Data from the International Diabetes Federation to mark World Diabetes Day in November last year showed that there were 803,900 diabetics in the UAE, about 19 percent of the population.

More than 2.1 billion people – close to 30 percent of the global population – are overweight or obese.

According to a report entitled the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

More than 66 percent of men and 60 percent of women in the UAE are already overweight or obese. The most popular surgeries in the UAE are sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass, more women than men have elected to have bariatric surgery.

High levels of diabetes and obesity in the Emirates have pushed up the number of people signing up for the operations.
More than 25 percent of men and almost 40 percent of women in the UAE are deemed dangerously overweight.

Nearly a fifth of residents is diagnosed with diabetes, the second-highest prevalence of the disease worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Patients are first advised to adopt a balanced diet and exercise by the team at Rashid Hospital, which includes surgeons, nutritionists, cardiologists, psychologists, physiotherapists, respiratory physicians, and plastic surgeons.

But surgery is the only viable option for obese patients who have a body mass index – a calculation for body fat based on height and weight – of 35 or more.

Childhood Obesity

  • More than 9 million adolescents (children and teens 6 to 19 years old) are affected by excess weight.
  • Children who are affected by obesity are 70 percent more likely to continue being affected by it into adulthood.
  • Children affected by childhood obesity at a young age are predisposed to obesity and severe obesity in adulthood.
  • Environmental factors, such as a lack of physical activity and technological advances have led to a more sedentary lifestyle.
  • Today, children affected by obesity are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes more than ever.
  • African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians have been experiencing the highest rates of increase in childhood obesity. On average, 25 percent of children in these ethnic groups are affected by obesity.
  • The most occurring sign of discrimination among children affected by obesity is social and societal acceptance. This negative discrimination can lead to poor self-esteem and depression.

Medical Truism

According to the Gulf newspaper in July 2016. Dubai prepares for an influx of 1.3m medical tourists by 2021. With 13% growth expected in 5 years, helped earn over Dh1b in 2015.

The annual revenue from medical tourism is estimated to increase by 13 percent every year in the next five years. Witnessing a boom in the medical tourism sector, Dubai’s 26 hospitals, both private and government, received nearly 630,831 health tourists last year, of which 298,359 were foreigners who came from abroad, accounting for nearly 46 percent of the total, DHA officials said.

The GDRFA ( General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai)
Has pledged to facilitate and make medical tourism visa procedures smoother to support and elevate medical tourism in Dubai. The meeting with the partners also helped outline the plan and the steps needed in the next phase.

SRC Center

In collaboration with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Training center/ Hospital & healthcare provider programs and initiatives.


Education programs
A course focusing on the latest technology and development in Bariatric and Metabolic surgery.


Observation of surgery

  • Live Demonstration & Table Training
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Plication



  • Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery
  • Clinical Pathway of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
  • Case Manager/ Dietician/ Fitness coach
  • Support Group
  • Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery
  • Right Procedure for Right Patients
  • Instrumentation & Surgical technique
  • Management for Acute & Chronic Complications
  • Revision Bariatric Surgery
  • Endoscopic Management of Obesity & Bariatric Complication
  • The Future of Metabolic Surgery


Inpatient & Outpatient Observation

  • Surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Case manager
  • Dietician
  • Fitness coach
  • Support group


Formal Education/Training –will offer Certification, industry participants. Our Formal Training Programs can last from a ½ day to over 100 hours of comprehensive training.

Mission & Vision

  • Aims to establish an academic network of high-quality Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery centers
  • To consolidate centers of excellence in bariatric surgery committed in patient-centered management while adhering to strict evidence-based guidelines
  • Establishing Healthcare Clusters/Medical Cities
  • Task



  • Defines the quality and standard of a bariatric and metabolic surgery center
  • Established a multidisciplinary center that maintains the strength and excellence
  • Maintain database for research the results of novel surgical treatment
  • Establish standardized clinical pathway for pre-operative patient care
  • Provide best treatment options for patients with obesity and metabolic syndromes
  • Facilitate follow up for patients around member-centers in different regions/continents



  • Adhere to standards in quality care
  • Form a network of education and training for surgeons and medical staff
  • Provide essential training programs for new surgeons embarking in bariatric and metabolic surgery



  • Organize Biannual meetings for communication among surgeons around the world.
  • Organize quarterly web meetings among member centers.


Publication and Research

  • Facilitate research and scientific publication in the field of bariatric and metabolic surgery


SRC center plan

  • Government Programs and Initiatives/ medical truism
  • Attendance to the World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress

The SRC certificate can work with Ministries of Health, Tourism, and Economic Development at the National and Local Level in a broad range of areas including research through the International Healthcare Research Center.


The hospital will work to educate with and Buyers of Healthcare (insurance companies and employers) in the following areas

  • Creating Education and Engagement solutions for our plan members
  • Identifying Centers of Excellence
  • Education and Assistance in Implementing Medical Tourism & International
  • Patient Programs
  • Achieving international standards of operations
  • An adequate level of equipment and maintenance
  • Full professional staffing to accommodate capacity projection and utilization
  • Full cost recovery from patients


Complementing each other to achieve the Medical Tourism objectives

  • Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Hotel industry, Immigration
  • Awareness Raising and Destination Branding
  • Lobby Government for Support and Legislative Changes
  • Facility Upgrading and International Accreditation
  • Promotion of Mainstream Medical Tourism
  • Advertising and Awareness in Target Markets
  • Inward Trade Missions from the UAE Regional Events/Expos
  • Discussions with Travel Agents and hotels


International accreditation – Temos Accreditation

Options for international accreditation were included. Accreditation aims at achieving the best standards with the available resources, placing emphasis on overall performance and patients’ safety. Hence the quality of the management team and the quality control is pivotal. The goal of accreditation can be reached within 3-5 years.