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Emaar Healthcare to launch 'centres of excellence'

The new deal will see private sector play a bigger part in expanding UAE's healthcare system.

Emaar Healthcare Group (EHG) is set to work with the public sector to open specialised international medical facilities in Dubai in a bid to further bolster the emirate's medical sector.

The Emaar Properties healthcare subsidiary signed an MoU agreement with Dubai's Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS) yesterday.

The joint move aims to combine medical care from DOHMS - the region's leading medical service provider - with facilities set up by Emaar to offer ‘world-class' health services.

"One of the founding objectives of EHG has been to strengthen public-private partnerships (PPPs), which we believe are the most effective way to share the best practices of the private sector with the public at large," said Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

"The development plan emphasises on encouraging the private sector to play a bigger role in developing the healthcare system in the UAE," he added.

The deal will see EHG and DOHMS launch various ‘Centres of Excellence', including an advanced Diabetes Medical Centre, in association with international specialists.

The two will also work together to develop an exclusive Premium Maternity Care Centre in Dubai with a focus on services for women.

"The Centres of Excellence will be in diverse fields of medicine including Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery, Oncology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Medical Rehabilitation, and will serve as reference centre for medical research and treatment," said Omar Al Shunnar, executive director at Emaar Healthcare Group.

Emaar Healthcare plans to develop and manage 100 hospitals, clinics and medical centres in the MENA region, Indian subcontinent and South East Asia over the next ten years.

The company is starting out with an initial investment expenditure of AED 18.35 billion (US$5 billion).

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