By Sam Bridge
King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City Hospital plans to be operational by the beginning of 2022
An agreement has been signed to finance the construction of new buildings at the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City Hospital in Bahrain.
The agreement was signed between Arabian Gulf University and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), a statement said.
The project, which was directed to be established by the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who donated SR1 billion to fund the project, is being built on a million sq m plot of land allocated in the Southern Governorate as per the instructions of Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
It was also announced that Al Fouzan Contracting Company has been hired to implement the project. The contract has set a period of 30 months, with plans for the medical city to be operational by the beginning of 2022.
Education Minister and chairman of the Higher Education Council, Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, said the the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Medical City project "will constitute a qualitative addition to the facilities of this reputed university and to the services it provides".
The medical centre will include 288 beds while the medical city will also include a number of research centres, as well as a college of medicine, Bahrain News Agency previously reported.