International events organiser dmg events has announced it is to stage the inaugural Saudi Hospital Design & Build Expo in Riyadh next year as part of the international Big 5 portfolio of shows. The new annual event, set for the third quarter of 2024, will run at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre as an incubator to future-proof Saudi Arabia’s healthcare facilities. It will also focus on the highly specialised needs of the healthcare infrastructure sector.
The new expo is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s 2030 development goals, which envisage US$65bn worth of investment in healthcare infrastructure in the Kingdom, with 290 hospitals and another 2,300 primary healthcare facilities being privatised.
Saudi Arabia’s Health Sector Transformation Programme under Vision 2030 aims to restructure the Kingdom’s health sector to be a comprehensive, effective and integrated system.
“Saudi Hospital Design & Build Expo will be a pivotal platform for design, construction and technology professionals involved in expanding Saudi Arabia’s medical sector infrastructure to connect, collaborate and contribute towards meeting the growing healthcare demand within the Kingdom,” said Matt Denton (pictured), president, dmg events. “By coming together in a focused platform of this nature, the wider industry can source products that cater to the industry and ensure that facilities are planned and designed specifically around patients’ needs. The expo will facilitate commitment to high-quality, accessible, responsive and safe services and the efficient use of space and resources, which will help inspire public confidence in the Kingdom’s healthcare provision.”
The event aims to attract a diverse range of visitors involved in the healthcare infrastructure industry, including suppliers, specifiers, and healthcare construction professionals. These attendees will find products and services from various sectors such as building materials, sanitation, high-quality air conditioning and air filtration systems, electrical and lighting systems, energy management and UPS technology, interiors and furnishings, laundry and cleaning services, and medical equipment.
The new event builds on dmg events’ strong local presence with over 20 events in Saudi Arabia.
According to Knight Frank’s global bed density research, Saudi Arabia requires a further 40,000 hospital beds by 2035 to meet the healthcare demands of a population expected to grow to 43.7 million by 2030 and the country’s medical tourism projected for an annual growth of 4.6% until 2028. Longer-term projections suggest the Kingdom will also require up to an additional 61,800 long-term care beds by 2050.
“Technological advancement will be key to ensuring both public and private sector investment is fit for purpose to deliver smart efficiency and meet the increasing regulatory requirements of a sector undergoing massive disruption”, added Denton. “Through this new expo, we are delivering an unprecedented opportunity for stakeholders to come together and discuss the latest trends in healthcare infrastructure design and construction, and to leverage the public-private healthcare partnerships being promoted by authorities in the country.”