Sharjah: The Sharjah Healthcare City (SHCC) Authority on Tuesday announced that Abu Dhabi-based Ahalia Group has been given the permission to set up a $100-million, 120-bed hospital in the emirate.
This multi-speciality hospital spread across 50,000 square metres will be the first to be established in the mega health care city. Ahalia Group signed an MoU last year with SHCC, and that has enabled both the entities to move forward with this major announcement. The hospital will be built in Al Rahmania side of the health care city.
Furthermore, based on the ambitious growth plans and global investor interest in the project, 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.
Abdullah Ali Al Mahyan, chairman of Sharjah Health Authority and SHCC Authority, said during a press conference, “We are delighted to open doors to 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’s plans have nearly doubled, ensuring that we are able to provide people with the best possible medical treatment that technology has to offer and coinciding with our vision to ensure that every resident of this emirate and the nation has access to immediate and reliable health care solutions. The extended health care 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 Ahalia Group of Hospitals, “From everyone here at Ahalia Group of Hospitals, we wish to express our gratitude to the Sharjah Health Authority and the Sharjah Healthcare City Authority for the speedy approval that has helped in the establishment for the first hospital here in Sharjah Healthcare City. Our partnership with SHCC is due to a mutual respect and admiration of what they are trying to achieve. We aim to be able to fulfil the health care 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 health care professionals. We aim to start the construction by the 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 — Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road — on the main Al Dhaid Road, the SHCC is well connected to all emirates as well as the rest of the city. The construction of the health care city is expected to be completed in several phases. The clinic buildings and health care offices built over 10,000 square metres are scheduled to start operations after summer.