Personal protective equipment (PPE) are items worn to provide a barrier to help prevent potential exposure to infectious diseases such as COVID-19. These items include gloves, gowns, masks, surgical masks with visor attachment, respirators, and face shields.
Last July, state news agency WAM reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) assisted more than one million medical workers worldwide through the supply of over 1,000 tons of PPE, and medical and food aid in the fight against the COVID-19.
Till June 2020, the country had sent more than 716 tons of medical aid to 63 countries to assist to more than 716,000 medical professionals around the world. It had also donated $10 million worth of Covid-19 testing kits, enough for 500,000 people, to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Locally in Dubai, the appetite for PPE is rising.
PPE needs in Dubai
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce sees a 340% surge in companies listing on PPE marketplace Rapid Response Initiative (RRI) since its launch earlier last July in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
66 companies are registered on the free-to-use RRI, up from 15 companies in July.
China was the largest exporter of medical supplies to the UAE reaching $623.7 million during the March and June 2020 period, marking a year-over-year surge of 357%.
Surgical facemasks accounted for 40% of the total value of medical products imported to the UAE from China, or $247.8 million, followed by $60 million worth of medical gowns (10%) and face shields (9%) valued at $53.8 million.
Businesses interested in buying or selling on the online marketplace can visit the following link.
Buy PPE at the airport
Last June, Dubai Airports installed PPE vending machines to ensure passengers’ safe travels. The two machines are located in the departure areas of Buildings 3 and 2.
The PPE includes a pair of gloves, two types of disinfectants, and reusable and certified face masks.
Market for PPE
The UAE PPE market was valued at $401.4 million in 2017 and is projected to reach $702.4 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 7.3% from 2018 to 2025.
The overall market size for PPE in Saudi Arabia is estimated at $341 million in 2017 and is forecasted to grow at an annual growth rate of 7% to reach $477 million by 2022.