By Neil Halligan
RAK-based company to open pharmacy chain, medical centres over next five years
Arabian Healthcare Group plans to recruit in excess of 3,500 as part of its expansion plans over the next five years.
The healthcare services provider announced plans to open 25 pharmacies in the UAE over the next year, which will see them employ 100 pharmacists. The Ras Al Khaimah-based company will also add 500 beds across the UAE in the new medical centres and hospitals it has planned over the next five years.
“We are going to expand into chain of pharmacies branded under RAK Pharmacies from next year across the UAE,” Dr Raza Siddqui, CEO of AHG told Emirates 24/7.
“This is a volume game, nobody makes earnings out of one pharmacy. You’ve to go big on it. We plan to start with 25 pharmacies first in Ras Al Khaimah and Dubai and then the rest of emirates. For each pharmacy, we require about four people so in all around 100 pharmacists will be hired,” he added.
Arabian Healthcare Group currently has one hospital and four medical centres in Ras Al Khaimah.
Dr Siddqui said they plan to start work on a new Dubai facility next year.
“We are expanding hospitals and working on feasibility studies for facilities in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi… we hope to start construction in Dubai next year. We will try to go for 150-bed medial facilities and total of 500 beds in the next 5 years. One bed requires roughly 6-7 people so we are talking about over 3,000-3,500 people,” he told Emirates 24/7.