United Arab Emirates


Aster shows Covid impact on India and GCC

Thanks to Covid, Aster DM, the GCC to India clinic, hospital and pharmacy chain, saw a 25% drop in revenue across both geographies in April. May and June have seen improvements with a return to normal expected in the autumn, providing there is no second wave. We look in detail at the impact of Covid in March to June and report full year results to March 2020.

Who might buy NMC’s hospital business?

NMC Health's administrators are making it clear that a wholesale selloff of the UAE's largest healthcare company is not viable. Could any of MENA's largest hospital operators - Mediclinic, VPS, and Aster DM - take over the hospital business? And who will be fighting for the rest? HBI speaks to an investor who knows NMC well to find out more.

Labs bounce back and eye opportunities

A v-shaped recovery, new markets, new customers, new entrants, new technology and the ear of big government: the HBI 2020 diagnostics panel discussion reveals new opportunities.

NMC on the verge of liquidation as investors await ‘fire sale’

The administrators appointed to oversee GCC-based and formerly London-listed NMC Health PLC say it is facing likely liquidation or dissolution, and ongoing investigations must be completed to ascertain the company's true liabilities. A sale of the business as a going concern is now all but off the table. Meanwhile, HBI hears potential buyers for the most prized parts of the business are waiting for a rock bottom price 'fire sale'.

Coronavirus compounding expat exodus in GCC countries

The population of GCC countries is set to fall by up to 10%, according to a report by global forecasting and quantitative analysis group Oxford Economics, as coronavirus encourages the largely foreign workforce to leave. HBI speaks to a source in the Gulf to find out how this might effect the insurance / healthcare market there.

Alvarez & Marsal to sell NMC’s fertility arm

NMC Health Plc’s administrators have started selling off parts of the business according to Bloomberg with an auction of the fertility business as early as June. Consultants Alvarez & Marsal who are handling the business have invited bids for NMC’s distribution business according to the article. Potential acquirers have been asked to submit offers this […]

UAE mass tests while private hospital revenues drop 50%

The UAE's decision to mass-test its population for COVID-19 and develop responses at the federal rather than emirate-level look to be paying dividends, notwithstanding its very young population. But how far is the private sector involved in the response, both in the UAE and neighbouring Saudi Arabia? HBI talks to local hospital, lab and advisory sources. 

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