By Daniel Shane
Plans include $820m revamp of Rashid Hospital, 40 new health centres and three new hospitals
Health authorities in Dubai will spend AED3bn ($820m) on revamping the emirate’s Rashid Hospital, as well as opening three new hospitals and 40 health centres as part of a new initiative to boost medical tourism.
The 12-year masterplan, unveiled by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), will include new hospitals in Dubai World Central and on Sheikh Zayed Road, as well an expansion of Dubai’s only care facility for the elderly.
The proposed work at Rashid Hospital, which specialises in emergency care, will include a four and five-star hotel, villas and apartments for staff, and a mosque. The new 100,000 sqm development will feature three towers with 300 beds each, while the hospital’s existing trauma centre will be expanded to 116 beds over the coming two years.
Other plans include specialised centres for heart, cancer and kidney patients; a new outpatient building; a rehabilitation centre; and approximately 6,500 car parking spaces.
The existing Rashid Hospital, which currently has 600 beds, will eventually be demolished under the masterplan.
"The expansion plans have been designed to provide state-of-the-art services to the population of Dubai as well as visitors who come to the emirate for medical tourism," commented Essa Al Maidoor, director general of Dubai Health Authority.
"The expansion plans not only fulfil the main criteria of provision of excellent healthcare facilities and health infrastructure but also take into consideration landscaping, leisure activities, hotel accommodation for medical tourists, staff accommodation, etc,” he added.
"All these aspects ensure we have taken a 360-degree view of the requirements of patients, their families, staff members and medical tourists," Al Maidoor continued.
The plans were approved by Dubai ruler and UAE vice president and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum last week.
According to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan, the GCC’s total healthcare expenditure to triple by 2018, reaching to $113.2bn.