From a quick nip and tuck to a total knee replacement package that also takes care of the visiting patient's residence and visa issues is what the Dubai Health Experience is all about. While the patient checks into a chosen facility for a medical procedure, the accompanying family member can take in the sights and sounds of Dubai. The Dubai Health Experience (DXE), that was launched in April through its website www.dxh.ae, is already drawing the attention officials hoped it would. Last week Dubai won the 'Highly Recommended Destination of the Year' for medical tourism at the International Medical Travel Journal (IMTJ) Medical Award 2016 in Spain. The achievement brings the emirate closer to attracting more than 500,000 medical tourists annually by 2020, according to a senior health official. "Dubai was able to win this title due to its strategic location, diagnostic and treatment services, ease of getting visas, availability of medical insurance, competitive packages and infrastructure," said Dr Layla Al Marzouqi, Director of the Health Regulation Department and Dubai Medical Tourism, in an interview with Khaleej Times. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) plans to build 22 hospitals including 18 private and four public in the next few years to support the expected high volumes of medical tourists. Among the popular packages on offer by Burjeel Hospital on the site are knee replacement surgeries that cost between Dh125,000 to Dh185,000. "Both packages have been on offer since the hospital's inception three years ago and majority of those who come in for knee replacement surgeries opt for one of the packages as it is more cost effective," Dr Shajir said. While the costs pertain only to the surgery - from hospital stay to medications to the surgeon fees - the hospital offers the patient and the family assistance during their visit."