The Abu Dhabi General Services (Musanada) has recently signed a contract to implement the New Al Ain Hospital. The contract involves a consortium between Arabtec Construction L.L.C. and Constructora San Jose SA – Abu Dhabi.
The decision regarding the new consortium came following the approval of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, at a meeting held recently under the chairmanship of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. The Council approved Dhs4.309bn to fund the New Al Ain Hospital project.
The contract was signed by H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al-Fahed Al-Mehairi, CEO of Musanada, and Mr. Tareq Abu Shreehah and Mr. Miguel Ángel Bravo on behalf of the consortium of Arabtec Construction L.L.C. and Constructora San Jose SA – Abu Dhabi, respectively. The contract signing was held at Musanada’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi and in the presence of a number of officials from all parties.
The CEO of Musanada stated, “The contract for the New Al Ain Hospital comes within the framework of the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. His Highness is keen for balanced development in all parts of Abu Dhabi, which will be achieved via the integration of development projects that are currently under construction in various cities and regions throughout the nation. The contract signing also coincides with the UAE’s forty-second National Day celebrations.”
“The new hospital will provide integrated medical services to the people of Al Ain City in accordance with the latest international standards and practices in the field of health facilities. The hospital will thus contribute to the strengthening of the healthcare sector in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi in general, while addressing the needs of the growing population in the area,” said Al-Mehairi.
Mr. Saif Fadhel Al-Hameli, Executive Director – Health Projects, Musanada, had the following to say: “The New Al Ain Hospital has been designed according to sustainability criteria that significantly reduce energy and water consumption, and which also make full use of energy from the sun’s rays. Furthermore, the design employs the latest international medical standards that provide an ideal environment for healing and comforting the sick, while simultaneously taking into account the privacy and traditions of the UAE. In addition, the design incorporates features to meet future healthcare needs, such as expansions, in order to provide patients with high-quality healthcare services for years to come.”
The Group Facilities Development and Maintenance Director – Corporate Facilities & Construction, at the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), Mr. Mohammed Hassan Al-Zaabi extended thanks to Musanada’s team for their efforts and keenness to commence immediately with the process of building the New Al Ain Hospital, which comes in accordance with SEHA’s vision of providing healthcare services to the people of Abu Dhabi according to the best international standards. SEHA intends primarily to develop the infrastructure system that is necessary for its health facilities in order to support and achieve world-class standards.
Al-Zaabi stressed, “The wise Abu Dhabi Government places great importance on the health sector both in terms of improving the level of health services provided to patients and the expansion in the construction of public hospitals and health centres.” “The new projects of SEHA’s health facilities such as hospitals, clinics, health and dialysis centres will reshape the concept of higher-end health services in the coming years, so that quality outcomes of public healthcare services will be consistent with the visionary Plan Abu Dhabi 2030. This plan envisions an efficient delivery of public healthcare services to the residents of Abu Dhabi in accordance with the highest international standards,” affirmed Al-Zaabi.
The new 719-bed hospital will provide for general medicine, surgery, a dedicated children’s ward, maternity, ICU, medical rehabilitation, VIP patients and royal suites. It will also include 104 advanced specialised clinics, 17 radiology rooms for X-ray, CT Scan and MRI services, as well as 22 specialised rooms for endoscopy procedures and diagnosis. Designated bed arrangement in the new hospital comprise 484 for general medicine, surgery, children’s ward and maternity, 67 for ICU, 142 for medical rehabilitation, and 26 for VIP patients and royal suites.
The New Al Ain Hospital extends over an area of 358,000 square metres. It consists of the main hospital, a central morgue that will serve the needs of the Eastern Region, a mosque, a centre for logistics services, and a 60-MW power station, in addition to an underground parking lot accommodating up to 1,500 cars. The New Al Ain Hospital’s features include the latest state-of-the art medical technologies and devices, which will contribute to the provision of world-class medical care to patients and prepare for the expected population increase in the coming years. The new hospital is designed to minimise maintenance costs and support a large hospital’s need for flexible administrative support services, including meeting rooms and expanded parking areas.
It is worth mentioning that the design of the New Al Ain Hospital was presented with a Highly Commended Award in the category of Best Hospital Design (Built & Future) at the Hospital Build Middle East 2010 Exhibition & Congress, as the hospital’s unique design creates the community feel of an ‘oasis of healing’, thus constituting a landmark in Al Ain City.