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Burjeel Hospital to build $272m long term facility

on Feb 25, 2013

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Abu Dhabi's Burjeel Hospital is set to build a new branch more than twice the size of its current facility in a $272m (AED: 1bn) expansion plan.

According to The National, the new Burjeel Hospital will be built in the Mohammed Bin Zayed healthcare city and could create up to 1,200 new jobs for medical staff. It will have around 90,000m2 of floor space, compared to the 56,000m2, $136m hospital opened last year, which is already the Emirate's biggest.

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, owner and managing director of the hospital's operator, Lifeline Hospital Group, said the new unit would concentrate on providing specialist rehabilitation for long-term patients.

“It is going to be a valuable addition to health care in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

“The population is getting more aged and a lot of patients are on long stay in the hospitals. There are patients right now that are in the bed for more than two years.

“As the population grows, there is going to be a growing demand.”

A start on site for the 250-bed hospital is expected within six months and Dr Vayalli said that it will take a year to build.