Saudi firm invests Dh1bn in Dubai healthcare

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum unveils Fakeeh Academic Medical Center commemorative plaque at Dubai Silicon Oasis (Supplied)

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare firm Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH) will invest Dh1 billion in the development of a medical facility offering robotic surgery and a university in Dubai spread over 150,000 square meters.

The Fakeeh Academic Medical Center (FAMC) in Dubai Silicon Oasis will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 of the project is set for completion in 2017 and will include the delivery of a 150-bed smart hospital. Phase 2 of the project will be completed in 2019, and will step-up the capacity of the hospital with an additional 150-beds. This phase will also add an academic component to the project through the opening of the research-focused university, said a press statement.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), unveiled the commemorative plaque of the medical center.

Commenting on the project, Sheikh Ahmed said: “Dubai plans to attract 500,000 medical tourists a year and boost its economy by up to Dh2.6 billion in the next five years. By hosting FAMC at DSO, we reiterate our complete support to this project throughout the implementation of the prestigious medical facility.”

The DSO-based medical center will be the first smart hospital in the region, comprising IT-enabled patient rooms fitted out with health-monitoring technology. The technology will ensure the hospital conforms to the highest standards of sanitation and significantly reduce possibilities of medical errors. In addition, it will simplify everyday operations and workflow, make documentation easier and free-up quality time for nurses to focus on personalized patient-care.

Robotics surgery, automated medication dispensing system

The 300-bed facility will offer robotics surgery and feature an automated medication dispensing system. The hospital will also include five centers of excellence that specialize in diabetes and endocrinology, muscles, bones and joints, emergency medicine, pulmonary medicine and cardiology.

The ceremony was attended by Engineer Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, Director General, Dubai Health Authority; Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; Dr Mazen Fakeeh, President and Chairman of Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital; and Emad Adnan Madani – KSA Consul General in Dubai, as well as officials from the public and private sectors.

Dr Mazen Fakeeh, said: “The second phase of the project, which will be completed in 2019, will also include a university established in partnership with one of the largest universities in the world. The medical university will deliver the latest curriculum through the most modern teaching methods. Poised to be the beacon of medical education in the region, the university will also provide student access to the academic hospital to conduct integrated research. The teaching facility will be located within smart buildings, offering the latest modern equipment and laboratories.”

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