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Dubai plans 1,000-bed hospital to boost medical tourism ambitions

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed is briefed on Rashid Medical Complex project during talks with health chiefs

Dubai plans 1,000-bed hospital to boost medical tourism ambitions

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has been briefed about plans to build a new 1,000-bed medical complex in the emirate, expected to contribute to plans to attract more than 500,000 medical tourists from the UAE and overseas by 2020.

The 10-storey Rashid Medical Complex will house state-of-the-art equipment, 250 wards, 1,000 out-patient clinics as well as amenities such as a five-star hotel, green residential buildings and shopping areas, news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed, also the UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister, commended the plans during a visit to the head office of the Dubai Health Authority to inspect projects planned to be completed by 2021.

He backed the health authority's ambitious strategy and stressed that he takes a keen interest in ensuring all possible support to comprehensively upgrade its services and facilities, WAM said.

Sheikh Mohammed also examined plans to build dialysis units and long-term medical care centres in Al Barsha, Tawar, Zaabeel, Uptown Mirdiff and other areas in Dubai.

Praising the staff of the health authority, he directed the top officials to focus on innovation, research and development, as well as training of the national staff to improve efficiency.

He was also briefed by Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qatami, director and chairman of the Dubai Health Authority, on initiatives to enhance health services and help establish Dubai as an attractive destination for healthcare investments, and medical and family tourism.

These include a smart system developed by the emirate's health regulator to determine the cost of treatment at hospitals, clinics and health centres, and generate revenue reports.

Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed about an initiative to standardise and digitise all medical files of patients at public and private health facilities.

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