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Work set to start on $150m cardiac centre in Bahrain

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development announces that construction will begin within six weeks

Work set to start on $150m cardiac centre in Bahrain
Doctor, Healthcare

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has announced that construction of a AED550.95 million ($150 million) cardiac centre will begin within six weeks in the Awali area of Bahrain.

The project has been financed by a grant offered by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013 as part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) development programme for Bahrain.

Managed by ADFD on behalf of the UAE Government, the new facility will meet the growing demand for specialised cardiology services in Bahrain, according to a statement.

Taking shape across an area of 44,000 square metres, the new facility will include an outpatient clinic, radiology department, scanning, pharmacy, physiotherapy, and sterilisation, emergency and operation theatres, as welI as ICU, laboratory and dedicated wards for men, women and children.

The centre will feature 150 beds, boosting the capacity of the existing 65-bed cardiac unit.

Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director general, ADFD, said: "The establishment of this integrated cardiac facility articulates the UAE government's keenness to support sustainable development in Bahrain through delivering best-in-class health care services towards achieving social and economic prosperity for the Bahraini people."

He added: "The cardiac centre will serve as a major milestone in offering quality diagnosis and treatment for heart patients in Bahrain. The project will address the capacity challenges at the current cardiac facility, which receives a large number of patients from within and outside Bahrain."

ADFD manages the grant provided by the UAE Government to Bahrain to the tune of AED9.19 billion ($2.5 billion) for 10 years as part of the GCC development programme for Bahrain.

In 2013, ADFD managed AED5.5 billion worth development projects in Bahrain across the key economic sectors including housing, water, health, and transportation.

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