Inaugural Hospital Build expo kicks off in Dubai
Dubai, June 14, 2009
Qadhi Al Murooshid, director general of Dubai Health Authority, on Sunday officially opened the inaugural 'Hospital Build Middle East Exhibition and Congress' reinforcing government’s support for healthcare projects in the UAE and Middle East.
Al Murooshid and his VIP guests later toured the exhibition hall and met senior officials from some of the region’s best quality hospitals and healthcare service suppliers.
Updated details of three new healthcare facilities in Dubai – Al Maktoum Hospital, Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital and Nad Al Hamr primary healthcare clinic – were revealed to the VIP party during the official opening at the Dubai Health Authority stand.
The first edition of Hospital Build Middle East, supported by the Ministry of Health, Health Authority Abu Dhabi, Dubai Health Authority, Saudi Association for Health Informatics, and Oliva Health, was launched following the successful staging of Hospital Build Asia in Singapore in April this year.
There are currently over 100 hospitals in the planning stage across the Middle East and North Africa, and while so many industries are feeling the bite of the credit crunch, healthcare projects remain relatively unaffected because of this region’s governmental support and a long term commitment to healthcare infrastructure growth.
'The response from the healthcare industries in the Middle East and Asia has been overwhelming,” said Simon Page, group director for Life Sciences at IIR Middle East, the organisers of Hospital Build.
'Our research and communication with key healthcare industry leaders has shown that the healthcare sector is resilient to the current economic climate, not just in emerging markets such as the Middle East, but throughout the world.'
“As such, we plan to launch Hospital Build India in September 2010, to draw attention to the investment, construction and refurbishment of new and existing healthcare facilities in the sub-continent,” Page added.
Organised by the team behind Arab Health, the region’s largest annual gathering for healthcare professionals, Hospital Build Middle East is bringing investors, commissioners, backers and managers of major healthcare building projects together with planning, design, building, operations, management and refurbishment suppliers.
Seven comprehensive conferences run alongside the exhibition, including the well established Hospital Design and Upgrade (HDU) event which opens on Monday.
The HDU conference, which has until now taken place during Arab Health, where delegates will address sustainable healthcare solutions through better design. Twenty five powerful sessions will highlight the latest thinking in clinical design.
Internationally recognised industry speakers, such as Dr Moham Chellappa, president of Global Ventures at Johns Hopkins Medicine-International in the US and Dr Philipp Vetter, head of Strategy at the Health Authority Abu Dhabi, will address delegates during the conferences.
Furthermore, the exhibition hosts the first Hospital Build Awards which recognise and celebrate excellence in the design, operation and management of healthcare facilities in the Middle East.
Clemenceau Medical Center is the front runner in the Awards with five nominations, while the Best Hospital Design for a future project category is dominated by the UAE, with nominations for Al Ain Hospital, University Hospital in Dubai and Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital in Rask Al Khaimah.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony on Monday 15 June as part of the Hospital Design and Upgrade conference.-TradeArabia News Service