By Sarah Townsend
King Abdullah Medical City will comprise 264 beds, 4 research centres, a medical college and student dorms
Designs are being drawn up for a multi-million dinar medical city in the southern part of Bahrain, it was reported on Wednesday.
The King Abdullah Medical City project will reportedly be paid for through a $1 billion Saudi riyal grant from the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and will be built on a 1m square metre plot of land donated by His Majesty King Hamad.
It will be run by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) and designed by multidisciplinary firm Saudconsult following an agreement signed in December.
The scheme will comprise 264 beds, four research centres, a medical college and student dorms, as well as accommodation for doctors, according to the Gulf Daily News.
“The medical city is one of the most important medical and educational projects in the GCC and will add to the region’s medical achievements,” AGU president Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohali, reportedly told the newspaper.
“The city, like King Hamad University Hospital, is part of a public hospitals system that the government aims to establish in cooperation with healthcare institutions such as the Supreme Council of Health and National Health Regulatory Authority.
“Its capacity and advanced medical capabilities will serve residents of the Southern Governorate in line with [Bahrain’s] wider urban development plans, which envisage providing a hospital in each governorate.”
Work on the building will begin as soon as designs are completed, the newspaper said.