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Saudi German eyes Q1 launch for Dubai hospital

Refinancing delayed 2010 opening of 300-bed hospital, on track for Q1 opening

Saudi German eyes Q1 launch for Dubai hospital
Saudi Germans hospital will have to compete with existing facilities like Te City hospital. (ITP Images)

Saudi German Hospitals Group (SGHG), one of the Gulf’s largest private healthcare providers, will open its first Dubai hospital in the first quarter of 2011, its president has said.

The five-storey, 300-bed facility was scheduled to open at the end of the year, but faced delays in the wake of refinancing problems, said Sobhi Batterjee.

“We are now installing medical equipment,” Batterjee told Arabian Business on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai. “We are starting in another four to five months… towards the first quarter of the year.

“We are ok. We are on schedule; we had some delays because of refinancing.”

The hospital, which is located on a 90,000 sq m site in Dubai’s Al-Bashra III District, will compete on opening with existing facilities such as The City Hospital and MedCare.

Saudi-based Batterjee said Dubai was the Gulf’s healthcare hub.

“This place will be the Mecca of healthcare in the region, you mark my words on this,” he said.

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hossam hussein 9 years ago

Hope to see a hospital as healthcare provider not a hypermarket selling medicine and xray for all patient even he doesn't needed