Construction work on a major multi-million dinar medical city in Bahrain is set to commence following the signing of a key agreement yesterday.
The BD100 million King Abdullah Medical City will be built on a one-million square metre plot of land near Askar donated by His Majesty King Hamad.
Al Fouzan Trading and General Construction Company has been selected to build the city which is expected to be completed and operational in 2022.
Details were revealed during a special ceremony held at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) yesterday for the signing of the construction agreement.
The agreement was signed between Saudi Development Fund vice-president Dr Khalid Al Khodairi and AGU president Dr Khalid Al Ohaly in the presence of Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, Health Minister Faeqa Al Saleh, National Health Regulatory Authority chief executive Dr Mariam Al Jalahma and Supreme Council for Health president Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa.
“We are celebrating the launch of the actual stage of building King Abdullah Medical City which is the construction of the facilities and this reflects the joint vision of both kingdoms,” said Dr Al Ohaly.
“The project went through several stages that preceded this phase where the first stage was the preparation of a study by the AGU to determine the components of the medical city and the specialisations it will house.
“The second stage was the design phase where it was determined that the city will have 288 private patient rooms along with 74 clinics and 17 operating theatres as well as a modern laboratory, a radiology centre, a helicopter pad for emergencies and a physiotherapy centre.”
Meanwhile, Dr Al Nuaimi highlighted the various developments achieved by AGU including academic curricula developments in line with international developments in the field of medicine and other specialities.
“The establishment of this new educational medical edifice embodies the two brotherly countries and the bonds of love and brotherhood within the framework of what brings them close co-operation, a common destiny and aspirations embodied through history,” said Dr Al Nuaimi.
“The most prominent example of this shared destiny is AGU, which Bahrain is honoured to have and which shines as a bright example of fruitful Gulf co-operation.”
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