Sharjah Healthcare City Authority (SHCC) on Tuesday announced that the Abu Dhabi-based Ahalia Group has been awarded the permission to set up a $100 million 120-bed hospital in the emirate.

The multi-specialty hospital spread across 50,000 square metres is the first hospital to set up within the mega healthcare city, state news agency WAM reported.

Ahalia Group had signed an MoU last year with SHCC, and that has as enabled both the entities to move forward with the hospital which will be built in Al Rahmania side of the healthcare city. Construction is set to begin by the end of 2018.

SHCC also announced that its master development will now double in size to 4.8 million square metres to accommodate several hospitals and other related organisations.

Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, chairman of Sharjah Health Authority and SHCC said: “We are delighted to open doors to Ahalia Group and we are proud of the fact, that the brand has originated out of the 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.

“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 VS Gopal, managing director of Ahalia Group of Hospitals, added: “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 the best healthcare professionals. We aim to start the construction by end of this year.”

As part of the updated plan, a medical logisitics zone will be created in the SHCC to transport medical and pharmaceutical supplies.

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 this year.

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