Dubai’s Majid Al
Futtaim Healthcare, the healthcare arm of UAE-based developer Majid Al Futtaim
(MAF) Holding, has entered into a strategic partnership with Indian hospital
chain Fortis Healthcare to manage the clinics at its malls across the region, it
was announced on Wednesday.
The first facility, a
Day Care Specialty Clinic located in Deira City Centre is expected to open in
the first half of 2013, but the deal will also include operating additional
healthcare facilities at MAF’s assets across the Middle
The clinic will
provide medical care to areas such as Bur Dubai, Karama, Oud Metha, Al Qusais
and Al Sharjah and will have full-time consultants in Internal Medicine,
Gynecology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Neurology,
Dermatology & Cosmetics, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, ENT, Ophthalmology
and Dental, among other specialties.
"We see tremendous
opportunity for healthcare services in the GCC region and are excited about our
group's foray in healthcare. Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare's association with
Fortis gives us a partner widely acknowledged in the Asian region for its
expertise in managing different healthcare delivery verticals and in running top
class medical facilities that include diagnostic centres, primary care, day care
specialty centres, and hospitals. Fortis' knowledge and medical insights in
conjunction with our ambitious plans will bring better healthcare to the
region," said Ahmed Galal Ismail, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, a division
of MAF Holding.
Fortis operates in 11
countries, including Australia, Canada, UAE, Hong Kong, India, Mauritius, Nepal,
New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, with 76 hospitals, over 12,000
beds, over 600 primary care centres, 194 day care specialty centres and a staff
or around 23,000 people.
operates eleven malls in the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Egypt and two currently
under development in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon.
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