UAE mega conglomerate, Lootah Group is partnering with India’s Santhigiri Ayurveda to build health centres offering traditional, complementary and alternative medicine in Dubai. In the longer term, the partnership aims to increase medical tourism, by making UAE a destination of choice for alternative treatments.
Lootah Medical, the medical equipment and pharmaceutical trading arm of the Lootah Group, has announced its latest joint venture, with Santhigiri, India’s Ayurveda medicine group.
The first healthcare venture, Santhigiri Holistic Health Centre, in Motor City, Dubai is scheduled to open this month. Ayurveda will be the prime treatment, although other specialties such as homeopathy, acupuncture and osteopathy will also be provided.
Based in Kerala, the Santhigiri Group has nine wellness centres, 30 Ayurveda and siddha hospitals, over 600 out-patient clinics, two medical colleges and four para-medical Institutes in India and abroad. It also manufactures over 500 Ayurveda and siddha medicines.
Saeed Ahmed Lootah of Lootah Group says; “People are increasingly shifting to a preventive healthcare approach as Ayurveda and other alternative medicines are gaining increased prominence. The global Ayurvedic market is expected to reach US$14.9 billion by 2026 so it was only natural for us to mark our presence in this growing industr
The partnership is in line with World Health Organization’s strategic objectives for 2023, which seeks to integrate traditional, complementary and alternative medicine within healthcare delivery.
The Dubai partnership plans to expand to other GCC countries with one centre each in every country in the next five years.