Tender floated for mega healthcare project in Abu Dhabi

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Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) has invited bids for the construction of a new Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), which will be UAE's largest integrated healthcare facility.
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) has invited bids for the construction of a new Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC), which will be UAE’s largest integrated healthcare facility. Photo-SKMC

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company has announced tenders for development of a major new healthcare project in Abu Dhabi.

Also known as SEHA, the company has issued a statement inviting bids for the construction of a new Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC). After receiving tenders, SEHA will select the best contractors to complete the hospital project which will integrate traditional Middle Eastern architectural designs with state-of-the-art systems.

Upon completion, the new SKMC project is expected to be the largest hospital in the UAE. Covering an area of over 300,000 square metres, the project will be developed and promoted as an integrated medical city. It will include a general hospital, a level 1 trauma centre and a tertiary women’s and pediatric hospital with a total capacity of 826 beds.

The hospital will feature modern facilities and include sustainable design features to reduce adverse impacts on environment. The design will include extensive use of natural light to reduce power needs and a high-efficiency concentrating solar photovoltaic array (CSP) for power. This medical city was presented with an award for the ‘Best Sustainable Hospital Project’ during the Hospital Build & Infrastructure Middle East Exhibition, held in 2012, in Dubai.

Last year, the Abu Dhabi government clearly laid down its objectives to promote integrated health services for UAE nationals and residents. The government has recently issued new directives for healthcare service providers in the emirate to improve overall healthcare quality standards. The Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) released a new set of policy manuals developed with SEHA in accordance with these objectives.. These guidelines define the roles and responsibilities of the regulator, providers, and insurance companies and will be phased in over a 12-month period.

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