The Saudi Arabian government has invited contractors to prequalify for the contract to build a medical city in neighbouring Yemen.

The King Abdullah Medical City in Sanaa, which will have 1,082 beds, will be completely funded by the Saudi government, through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). Contractors have been invited to submit prequalification entries by 15 January for the contract.

The medical city will contain an oncology and renal centre, a general and specialist surgical centre, cardiology and general medical centre and a number of specialist clinics. The development will also contain a vocational training centre, and research facilities and laboratories.

The first phase of the hospital project will have a total built-up area of 122,132 square metres and 510 beds, while the second phase will have 569 beds and a total built-up area of 61,000 sq m.

The aid from Saudi Arabia from the project will be well received by Yemen’s government, which is trying to steer the economy to recovery while battling ongoing security problems and stunted economic growth. Following the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined 10.5 per cent in 2011 and managed only a 0.1 per cent rise in 2012.

Saudi Arabia is also currently moving forward with several domestic medical city schemes. In late December, contractors submitted bids for the estimated $2.5bn King Abdullah Medical City project. Located 28 kilometres from Mecca and 56km from Jeddah, the development will include hospital buildings, research centres, administration buildings and a housing community, with a total built-up area of nearly 1 million sq m.