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With demand for hospital beds in the region set to double by 2025, Arabian Gulf countries are rushing to meet the unprecedented challenge with a near $10 billion (AED 37.7 billion) hospital building programme, say industry experts.

With demand for hospital beds in the region set to double by 2025, Arabian Gulf countries are rushing to meet the unprecedented challenge with a near $10 billion (AED 37.7 billion) hospital building programme, say industry experts.

The programme - which does not include the budgets for required medical equipment - is led by Saudi Arabia with dozens of public and private sector hospital and clinic projects worth a total of around $6.5 billion in progress, according to statistics compiled by database company Proleads.

"Arabian Gulf governments have been encouraging international institutions to set up health care facilities in the region but many more providers will be required to meet the huge future demand," said Simon Page, director of healthcare for IIR Middle East, organisers of Arab Health.

Qatar, with a substantially smaller number of health care facilities underway, comes second after Saudi Arabia in terms of hospital projects, with $1.5 billion set aside. The UAE currently has nine hospital projects with a value of $596 million; Kuwait has four valued at $428 million; and Bahrain one worth $130 million.

The driving force is an unparalleled rise in regional demand for health care forecast for the next two decades.

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