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Unit of UK builder set to build phase 2 of Dubai hospital

Dubai Health Authority picks Al Futtaim Carillion for Al Jalila children's hospital

Unit of UK builder set to build phase 2 of Dubai hospital
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Dubai health chiefs have chosen UK builder Carillion's Middle East unit to build the second phase of the Al Jalila children's speciality hospital.

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) said it had signed an agreement with Al Futtaim Carillion to build the latest phase of the hospital in 26 months.

Upon completion, the hospital will open a new chapter reaffirming Dubai's pre-eminent position as the region's healthcare hub, the DHA said in a statement.

The AED673m Al Jalila hospital is envisaged to offer the full spectrum of healthcare for children - from newborns to 16-year-olds - and will have several centres of excellence dedicated to cancer care, cardiology, neurology and mental health.

Land levelling and preliminary construction related work has been completed on the 200-bed hospital, the DHA added.

Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid, the director general of DHA, said: "Al Jalila Children's Speciality Hospital will redefine paediatric care in the UAE and the wider region.

"Our mission is to provide world-class medical practices for children, right here in Dubai, thereby adding to the convenience of parents, who are sometimes forced to travel abroad to seek critical care for their kids."

Simon Webb, managing director of Al Futtaim Carillion, added: "We will ensure world-class quality of construction for the hospital, in line with the specific brief from the Dubai Health Authority to create an aesthetic, appealing and eco-friendly environment that will appeal to children."

The hospital will have 40 incentive care units, six dialysis facilities, 20 healing centres, 12 training rooms, eight operating theatres, 30 clinical and non-clinical departments, over 3,750 biomedical equipment and fixtures.

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Unfortunate 7 years ago

What a load of rubbish, I work for one of the largest and best recognised building material company in the world, I am not saying this because I work for them, that only gives me an insight. But this Simon Webb has no idea what materials will go into the building, I know that right now a product that is being used in the wall is not allowed to be used in other countries because of the risks associated with it. This is just another company that only cares about one thing, making money and trying to look good doing so. Good Luck UAE, your going to need it in 10 to 15 years time.