Jan 21 2008

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center launched at Dubai Healthcare City

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center launched at Dubai Healthcare City
Center will drive Dubai Strategic Vision 2015 ambitious mandate for the Healthcare Sector

Dubai: January 21, 2008 - Dubai Healthcare City , a member of Tatweer launched today the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Academic Medical Center with the integration of its entities, University Hospital, Harvard Medical School Dubai Center Institute for Postgraduate Education & Research, Al Maktoum Harvard Medical Library, and Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research. This Academic Medical Center serves an important role in moving Dubai and the region successfully toward the quality and workforce development targets established in the strategic vision 2015 mandate for the healthcare sector.

The medical center is a valuable community asset that aims to improve the health status of families in Dubai and the region. It is a catalyst for healthcare advancements and a contributor to an expanded healthcare workforce. Its four components address the very important mission of advanced clinical care, education, and medical research.

Saeed Al-Muntafiq, Executive Chairman of Tatweer said, "The creation of the academic medical center under the sponsorship of HH Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai strengthens DHCC 's vision and capabilities of becoming an integrated center of excellence in healthcare, medical education and research. DHCC has forged strong partnerships with global healthcare leaders which aims at producing high quality clinical care as well as expand the healthcare workforce and produce new knowledge through research.

The Academic Medical Center supports the government's strategy for the healthcare sector by introducing new standards for healthcare excellence in the region, exceptional educational resource for physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals, and robust clinical and health services research programs. All healthcare professionals in the medical center are supported by evidence based medicine as the foundation of practice and will adhere to the stringent international standards for licensure and credentials that are set by the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ).

" Dubai Healthcare City is at the forefront of the healthcare industry in the region, driving improvements through organizational, accreditation, and quality frameworks. DHCC hospitals and healthcare services deliver a consistently high standard of care, and provide access to the world's most advanced medical treatments. The new Academic Medical Center will further strengthen DHCC 's impact on the community while being the largest medical, education and research enterprises within the region." said Ahmad Sharaf Senior Vice President Healthcare & Energy, Tatweer .

At the heart of the medical center is the University Hospital, slated to open in early 2011. Upon opening the University Hospital will provide a full range of clinical services designed to meet the community's most complex healthcare needs. It is committed to advancement in the healthcare industry by attracting top professionals who will provide the latest clinical services and providing them with the resources and technologies they need to lead education and research initiatives.

Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC), Institute for Postgraduate Education & Research provides an unprecedented link between the Gulf Region and Harvard Medical School. HMSDC is a catalyst for key education and research collaboration among healthcare professionals, scientists, educators, postgraduate medical residents, fellows and leading institutions across the globe. It offers exceptional educational programs for practicing physicians and is a center of learning for future physicians and healthcare professionals.

Al Maktoum Harvard Medical Library is designed as a state of the art knowledge center, programmed to contain over 20,000 medical titles and journals and will have online library resources to access Harvard Medical School Library in Boston.

To further expand the medical research mission, the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR) was created to help drive resurgence in scientific inquiry and discovery in the Middle East, and lead to innovations that address the region's most pressing health problems.

Serving the needs of the regional patients travelling to Dubai, DHCC is building the Jumeirah Creekside Park Hotel which will provide specific recovery amenities and services aimed at patients and their families visiting DHCC clinics and hospitals. The hotel will have a bridge link to the University Hospital and will have multiple floors with fully equipped nursing stations and rooms connected to the hospital's information system network.


About DHCC :
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) was conceived with the objective of creating a regional center of excellence for medical services, medical education, and life science research and development in the Middle East. It is the world's first healthcare free zone and was created using a phased approach.

The first phase, which is 4.1 million square feet in size, features a medical cluster comprised of day clinics, diagnostic centers, rehabilitation centers, transplantation centers, hospitals, clinics and a sector for pharmaceutical and equipment suppliers. It is home to the Harvard Medical School Dubai Centre (HMSDC)- Institute for Postgraduate Education and Medical research, the University Teaching Hospital (UH) and the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical research (DHFMR).Some of the medical cluster's other renowned partners are Mayo Clinic, AstraZeneca, Harvard Medical International, Dr. Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Centre, the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Consultant Phsicians (AUB), Fresenius Medical Care, Novo Nordisk, Novartis, BU Dental, Moorfields Eye Hospital, The City Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Wyeth, Smith & Nephew, Sanofi Aventis, Swiss Academy of Scientific Acupuncture, Yateem Group, Dragger Medical, Alvi Armani, dr. Nicolas & ASP and the German Heart Center.

The second phase will feature a dedicated wellness cluster comprised of wellness centers, nutrition centers, resorts and spas, and sports medicine facilities.

About Tatweer :
Launched in December 2005, Tatweer is one the region's most dynamic enterprises and a member of Dubai Holding. Comprising 10 market-leading brands, it oversees an ambitious business development plan.

Its current portfolio is divided into Energy & Healthcare, Tourism & Entertainment, and Industry & Real Estate offerings. Its entities include Dubai Healthcare City, the region's hub for world-class quality healthcare services; Mizin, one of the most advanced real estate companies in the region; Universal City Dubailand, the 22 million sq ft development, featuring Universal Studios Dubailand as a centrepiece; "The Tiger Woods - Dubai", an exclusive golf community that will include the first Tiger Woods designed golf course; Dubailand, one of the biggest leisure, entertainment and tourism destinations in the Middle East; Dubai Industrial City, an industrial township to develop Dubai as a leading manufacturing hub; Bawadi, the world's leading hospitality and entertainment project hosting 51 luxury hotels and more than 60,000 hotel rooms; Dubai Energy, investing in regional and global energy opportunities and building a diversified investment portfolio; Dubai Mercantile Exchange, the first energy futures exchange in the Middle East set up in partnership with the New York Mercantile Exchange and Global Village, a premier family destination for culture, entertainment, cuisine and commerce.

Tatweer 's entities continue to consolidate a group of life-improving industries in addition to pioneering joint venture initiatives with leading global conglomerates. They continuously strive for world-class performance, while implementing leadership development to drive and sustain business excellence, quality and high performance.

For further information, please contact:
Maya El-Hachem
Account Manager
Jiwin the Public Relations Arm
Of Dubai Press Club
Phone: +971-4-3692925
Email: Maya.ElHachem@Jiwin.ae

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