Dubai Development & Investment Authority (DDIA) announced on 5 November plans for a major medical and healthcare facilities centre. DDIA will partner with the federal Health Ministry and Dubai’s Department of Health & Medical Services for the proposed project, which is estimated to cost $1,800 million.
To be called Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), the project will involve the construction of: a university medical complex, comprising up to 10 specialist hospitals and offering a total of about 300 beds; a 50-student postgraduate medical school; a school of nursing offering 200 places and a life sciences research centre; medical cluster day clinics; a specialised diagnostic laboratory; and a rehabilitation centre. A centre of sports medicine and a check-up clinic will also be built.
The facilities, to be located adjacent to Dubai creek park, will be built in two phases. Phase 1 will cover an area of 4.75 million square feet, while the second phase will be built over 10 million square feet. The first-phase facilities will be completed by 2005.
DHCC will operate as a free zone. The local Executive Design Bureau has carried out preliminary designs for the proposed facilities.
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