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Women of the UAE: Spearheading the medical tourism drive

For Dr Fatma Alsharaf, hanging up her stethoscope was the toughest decision she has had to make. The 30-year-old Emirati spent her life wanting to be a doctor and when she made the transition to management – to become the head of the strategy and partner development department at Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) – she did it with a heavy heart. "I had spent a great deal of time and energy studying to become a doctor,” she said. “Giving up a dream that I grew up with, a dream that I had finally achieved, was not easy."

“On my last day at the hospital I thought to myself, ‘This is the last time that I will wear the white coat’.”

After gaining a bachelor of medicine degree, the married mother-of-three practised in an obstetrics and gynaecology department for two years.
“I can still remember going around, talking to doctors in a scientific language and to patients in another. I remember the demanding patients and eventful nights and how a simple smile from appreciative patients would help me forget all the stress.”

In her new role, Dr Alsharaf, of Dubai, wears many hats and has numerous responsibilities. For the full article, please click here.