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Arab Health 2008 Begins Today

By GoDubai Editor, Debasree S.

UAE Health Minister Humaid Mohammed Al Qutami inaugurated the region’s largest health conference today at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with more than 50,000 international healthcare professionals gathering to brainstorm on health issues relevant to one of the fastest growing and most lucrative healthcare markets in the world.
The region’s premier exhibition for the healthcare industry, Arab Health is being held from 28 – 31 January 2008 displaying products and services from more than 2,300 exhibitors representing 65 countries.

The Congress encompasses 18 internationally accredited conferences in specialised areas of medicine, surgery and healthcare management with over 400 internationally reputed speakers and more than 6,000 delegates. The conferences are accredited by the American Academy of Continuing Medical Education (AACME), recognized in over 96 countries.

Investment in Healthcare Industry in AGCC
Arab Health 2008 spotlights total health investment of $60 billion by 2025 with demand for hospital beds expected to double in the future. The AGCC countries are rushing to meet the unprecedented challenge with a near $10 billion hospital building programme, say industry experts.

The programme – which does not include the budgets for required medical equipment – is led by Saudi Arabia with dozens of public and private sector hospital and clinic projects worth a total of around $6.5 billion in progress, according to statistics compiled by database company Proleads. Qatar, with a substantially smaller number of health care facilities underway, comes second after Saudi Arabia in terms of hospital projects with a $1.5 billion set aside. The UAE has nine current hospital projects with a value of $596 million; Kuwait has four valued at $428 million; and Bahrain one worth $130 million.

Dubai Leads In Infrastructure
In Dubai, healthcare services sector is in the midst of a much-needed expansion, riding on the success of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), an integrated centre of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research. The grandiose multi-billion dirham project located on the shores of the Dubai Creek, next to the Al Wasl Hospital on the Oud Metha Road, has boosted Dubai’s image as a hot-spot for medical tourism and also attracted medical professionals and patients worldwide.

The booming private healthcare sector will be further strengthened by the establishment of new and renovation of existing hospitals outside the DHCC, which are slated to add approximately 1,461 Acute Care beds by the year 2010. Among them, the government initiative, the Rashid Trauma Centre, already commissioned in 2006, is equipped with 120. The Rashid Hospital which is currently under renovation will accommodate 500 Acute Care beds by the time it is completely revamped in 2010.

The surge in facilities at the Saudi German Hospital (250 beds), American Hospital (180 beds), New Canadian Hospital (160 beds), Al Zahra Private Medical Care Hospital (100 beds), Al Safa Hospital (50 beds), Bader Al Sama (25 beds) and the Saeed Lootah Teaching Hospital (76 beds) will be prove to be a major shot in the arm for the private healthcare sector in Dubai by 2007 (expected date of completion).

Hospitals in Dubai
Currently Dubai houses six public hospitals : New Dubai Hospital, Rashid Hospital, Al Maktoum Hospital, Al Wasl Hospital. Al Baraha Hospital and Al Amal Hospital with a collective built-in capacity of 1,717 beds. In the private sector there are a total of 17 hospitals including Gulf Specialty Hospital, Al Rafa Hospital for Maternity and Surgery, American Hospital. Welcare Hospital, NMC Specialty Hospital, New Medical Center Hospital, Zulekha Hospital, Down Town Hospital, Jebel Ali International Hospital, Belhoul European Hospital, Belhoul Specialty Hospital, Neuro-Spinal Hospital, Emirates Hospital, Iranian Hospital, Jebel Ali Hospital and the International Modern Hospital with a cumulative capacity of 879 beds.

New Projects at DHCC
At the DHCC where Phase I & II are being constructed concurrently, a total of seven hospitals have already been approved while another eight are still in the planning stages. Among the approved hospitals the Plastic Surgery Hospital I and Plastic Surgery Specialty Hospital II will have 25 beds each and be a centre of excellence in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery. The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (20 beds) and the Urology Specialty Hospital (30 beds) is expected to break new ground in their respective fields while the General Hospital I will focus on heart diseases and General Hospital II on Obstetrics. The University Teaching Hospital slated for completion by 2008 will have 400 beds. The total number of beds at the DHCC by the year 2008, is expected to touch 780.

Plans are also on the anvil for the building of a Sports Medicine Hospital (100 beds), a General Hospital III (150 beds), Neurosurgery Spine Centre (100 beds), Psychiatry Hospital (150 beds), Children’s Hospital (100 beds), Rehabilitation Hospital (300 beds), Long-term Care facility (100 beds) and a nursing home (50 beds).

The Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality is a joint endeavour of Dubai Healthcare City and Harvard Medical International to provide the highest international standards of healthcare delivery. Through planning, regulation and quality improvement initiatives in partnership with key stakeholders, it aims to become a leading centre of excellence in the region.

Emaar has announced a healthcare group that plans to develop and manage over 100 hospitals, clinics and medical centres in the Middle East and North Africa, the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia in the next ten years.

A continuously growing community of medical and non-medical professionals and a cluster of clinical and retail facilities have clearly marked the growth of the DHCC lately. The latest update from the DHCC listed 17 clinical facilities, 22 business offices and 11 retail outlets. Currently there are 760 professionals at work at the DHCC including 133 physicians. In phase 22 buildings are under construction including the prestigious Harvard Medical School Dubai Centre. The phase II expansion of DHCC includes different elements of wellness facilities, hospitals and clinical centers all under the same residential complex spread over an area of 19 million sq ft. The work at phase I & II are complementing each other.

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Posted : 28/01/2008

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