The Netherlands Embassy in Riyadh and Task Force Health Care joined forces to organise the Life Science & Health Mission to Riyadh & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia which took place from the 9th – 13th of September.

Twelve Dutch companies participated in the 4-day explanatory mission in Saudi Arabia, which is the largest and fastest growing healthcare market in the region and is estimated to reach $40 billion by 2020. Due to the rapid growth, the government is encouraging the private sector to meet the increasing demand, also the introduction of comprehensive insurance coverage will encourage private investments in the sector.

The Dutch business delegation visited various (private) hospitals, Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib, SaudiGerman and Sulaiman Faqih. They were very impressed by The Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital as it is the first private digital hospital with the state of the art medical facility in Saudi Arabia.

The memorable part of the mission was The Global Health Exhibition at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is Saudi’s premier healthcare business platform with seven country pavilions including China, The Netherlands, Turkey, Pakistan, USA, Poland and UK.

The exhibition and the hospital visits were valuable in terms of meeting new relevant business contacts and learning more about the Saudi Arabian Life Sciences & Health sector, which resulted in strong leads and deals for multiple Dutch businesses.