News: Malaysia seeks collaboration with Qatari firms to grow healthcare tourism figures


The Malaysian Embassy in Qatar revealed that they are looking to complement the facilities and services of Qatar and are seeking potential collaboration in the country in the healthcare sector to grow its tourism numbers.

According to, the Embassy of Malaysia in Qatar, together with the Malaysia’s healthcare travel industry brand, Malaysia Healthcare, which is under the Ministry of Health, conducted the second series of Webinar on Introduction to Malaysia Healthcare (MHTC) focusing on the topic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Thalassaemia.

Malaysian Ambassador to the State of Qatar H E Zamshari Shaharan said in his speech: “We like to encourage for any potential collaborations with any entities in Qatar under the healthcare industry.” He further explained that the webinar introduces and explores the potentials and possibilities that his country offers in terms of healthcare.

“MHTC came to Doha last month and nothing beats seeing them in-person,” he said. “With this visit, it reinvigorated relations particularly in Qatar. Relation has been established in 2019 but unfortunately because of COVID-19, travelling has stopped. But this webinar encourages people to come to Malaysia for healthcare tourism,” he continued.

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The envoy also emphasised the re-opening of Malaysia’s borders to international travellers. Fully vaccinated individuals, including children aged 12 and below are no longer required to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 test. Recently, the Tourism Malaysia held a roadshow in Doha in May which brought together Malaysia’s travel agents, hotels, medical tourism players, among others.

MHTC CEO, Mohd Daud Mohd Arif, meanwhile, said the webinar is a way to “enhance the valuable cooperation between Qatar and Malaysia in the field of healthcare travel. Healthcare travel is one of the fastest growing sector in the world.” Other speakers include on the webinar are Dr. Mohamed Najib Mohamed Unni, Paediatrics Haematologist, Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed); Greg Loayon, General Manager, Zurich International Life, Qatar; and Muhammad Thomas Lim, Director, BizRep Services.

The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Thalassaemia webinar delved on the latest cutting-edge methods, technologies, and how sustainably-equipped Malaysia’s current medical travel industry is in thalassaemia treatment.

Malaysia has been crowned the Destination of the Year for healthcare travel thrice-in-a-row from 2015 to 2017 and mostly recently in 2020, positioned as the Fertility and Cardiology Hub of Asia, and today, known as The World’s Healthcare Marvel.

Malaysia Healthcare comprises government ministries and agencies, premier Malaysian private healthcare facilities, airline companies, travel agencies, hotels and many more.

Together we craft a seamless end-to-end healthcare journey experience for all our visitors.

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