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Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is set to inject a new lease of life to its existing facilities. Located in the Jadaf area, the second phase of DHCC’s expansion will be divided into six clusters – Clinical Zone, Healthcare Mixed Use, Long-Term Care, Spa Resorts, Canal Residence and Town Centre, and Clinical Villas.
The Clinical Zone will house hospitals, outpatient clinics and a five-star hotel, which is set for opening next year and will target medical tourists undergoing treatment in DHCC and their families. There are plans to also have budget hotels within the DHCC premises.
The Mixed Use zone will have medical equipment, insurance and pharmaceutical firms, and complementary and alternative medicine suppliers. The Long-Term Care zone will have nursing homes, post-trauma rehabilitation centres and terminally ill medical care facilities.
Phase 2 will also offer two-storey Clinical Villas on lease. They will have conventional and complementary clinics equipped with high-tech provisions. The Canal Residence and the Town Centre, the waterfront residential properties within the Phase II development, will accommodate medical students and faculty.
Almost 25 per cent of the new phase will consist of medical and healthcare services, while another 25 per cent will be dedicated to hospitality and retail shopping. The cluster will also be the premier destination of medical education in the country. The Mohammed bin Rashid University for Medicine and Health Sciences is located in DHCC and currently has an operational dental college.
According to figures released by Dubai Healthcare City, around 1.2 million patients visited the free zone in 2014 to consult doctors and undergo treatments. Started in 2002, around 130 medical facilities, including outpatient clinics and diagnostics centres, manned by 4,500 registered health professionals are currently operational here.
• The healthcare free zone recorded 1.2 million patients in 2014
• Five-star and budget hotels for medical tourists to be launched
• There will also be buildings that will offer retail and office space
Source: S. Dhar, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer