SHARJAH, 22nd May, 2018 (WAM) — The Sharjah Healthcare City Authority, SHCC, in a press briefing on Tuesday announced that the Abu Dhabi-based Ahalia Group has been awarded the permission to set up a US$100-million, 120-bed hospital.
This multi-specialty hospital spread across 50,000 square metres is the very first hospital to set its footprint within the mega healthcare city. Ahalia Group had signed an MoU last year with the SHCC, enabling both the entities to move forward with this major announcement. The hospital will be built in Al Rahmania side of the healthcare city.
Furthermore, based on the ambitious growth plans and global investor interest in the project, the SHCC’s master development will now double its area to 4.8 million square metres from the previously stated 2.4 million square metres to accommodate several global hospitals and other related organisations.
Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, Chairman of the Sharjah Health Authority and the SHCC said, “We are delighted to open doors to the Ahalia Group and we are proud of the fact, that the brand has originated out of the UAE. Furthermore, I am happy to announce that the Sharjah Healthcare City plans have nearly doubled, ensuring that we are able to provide people with the best possible medical treatment that technology has to offer. Coinciding with our vision to ensure that every resident of this emirate and the nation have access to immediate and reliable healthcare solutions. The extended healthcare city will now provide state-of-the-art medical services to rival those found anywhere in the world and position the emirate as one of the top medical tourism destinations.”
Dr. V.S Gopal, Managing Director of the Ahalia Group of Hospitals, said, “From everyone here at the Ahalia Group of Hospitals, we wish to express our gratitude to the Sharjah Health Authority and the Sharjah Healthcare City Authority for the speedy approvals that have helped in the establishment of the first hospital here in the Sharjah Healthcare City. Our partnership here with the SHCC is due to a mutual respect and admiration for what they are trying to achieve. We aim to be able to fulfil the healthcare requirements in Sharjah by utilising the best industry practices, with the help of the latest technology in the hands of some of the world’s best healthcare professionals. We aim to start the construction by end of this year.”
As part of the updated plan, a state-of-the-art medical logistics zone will be created in the SHCC. Transporting medical and pharmaceutical supplies is a critical industry due to its specific and demanding nature. Due to its proximity to the airport, the SHCC proves to be an apt location for a medical logistics hub.
Located conveniently between two major highways, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road on the main Al Dhaid Road, the SHCC is well connected to all the emirates as well as the rest of the city. The construction of the healthcare city is expected to be completed in several phases. The clinical building and healthcare offices built over 10,000 square metres is scheduled to start after summer.