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Korean group Asan to open first gastroenterology hospital in UAE

DUBAI, July 6, 2021

Scope Investment, a UAE-based leading private investment group has partnered with Asan Medical Centre (AMC), the largest and the foremost hospital from South Korea to open GCC’s first comprehensive GI (Gastroenterology) hospital in the emirates. 
 
The partnership brings global standards of specialised healthcare and increases the UAE’s capacity in the fields of digestive health, oncology, organ transplantation and lifestyle diseases.
 
In line with the UAE’s vision to achieve a world-class healthcare system, the hospital will build healthcare capacity and capability through advanced GI treatments as well as train local medical professionals. To date, Asan has trained more than 3,700 international physicians from over 90 countries. 
 
Starting with gastroenterology services for both adults and children as well as surgical treatments, the new provider named Asan GI Hospital - UAE will be the first global hospital for Asan outside of South Korea.
 
The joint venture will see the new hospital provide treatments including bariatric surgeries, pre- and post-operative management for organ transplants, and gastrointestinal cancer procedures with advanced endoscopic procedures, including EMR (Endoscopic Mucosal Resection), ESD (Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection) and ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography). 
 
Scope Investment aims to create sustainable value across sectors such as healthcare, real estate, retail, automotive, ICT (Information, Communication and Technology) in the GCC, Levant and Africa.
 
With this partnership, it strengthens its health sector portfolio, which covers specialty hospitals, healthcare technology as well as a pipeline of projects in biologics, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and distribution of medical devices. 
 
Scope Investment’s CEO Fareed Bilbeisi said: “We are working towards realising UAE’s vision of bringing world-class healthcare to the Middle East. We are committed to contributing to the national agendas of specialised healthcare and medical tourism through sustainable, value-add projects."
 
"As a destination, the UAE leads as the Arab destination for medical travel based on the Global Medical Tourism Index, and with our keen sector and country knowledge, we see incredible opportunities for growth and expansion. In this context, we are delighted to partner with Asan Medical Centre. With its global standards in both clinical and medical education, the GCC will benefit from training a generation of GI specialised medical professionals.”
 
The UAE and South Korea have strong bilateral relations since the start of their trade ties in the early 1980s; this venture further develops an integrated service model operating across the borders of the UAE and Korea, expanding operations into specialised healthcare, research, and development. 
 
 
Prof Joon Pio Hong, the Head of AMC’s International Business Development, said: “Our strategic agreement with Scope Investment is aligned with our objective to provide the best quality services and treatments as well as precise diagnostics to patients."
 
"This launch will make the facility the first global hospital of Asan Medical Centre to be operated outside of South Korea and will be the first comprehensive GI specialty hospital in the GCC region,” he noted.
 
“With the UAE’s focus on providing the best healthcare to its citizens and residents and to strengthen the country’s position as a destination for medical tourism, we now have the opportunity to introduce globally our unique patient-centric culture of Asan Medical Centre,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service



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