Healthcare: 15 mega-hospital projects
The 15 biggest hospital projects in the GCC
Construction Week, in association with Ventures Healthcare, reveals the15 biggest hospital projects in the GCC, which are transforming the region and bringing the world’s best healthcare facilities to the region.
- King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz – Security Forces Medical Complexes Development Project
- Sidra Medical & Research Centre
- International Medical City (IMC); Salalah
- Cleveland Clinic; Al-Maryah, Abu Dhabi
- Sultan Qaboos Medical City Complex; Barka
- King Abdullah Medical City; Makkah
- Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital
- Al-Jahra Hospital
- Mafraq Hospital; Abu Dhabi
- Al-Ain Hospital; Abu Dhabi
- King Faisal Medical City, Assir
- Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
- Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH); Sabah
- Ajyad General Hospital, Makkah
- Kuwait Cancer Control Center
1 King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Project for the Development of Security Forces Medical Complexes
Saudi Arabia’s largest medical project, and also the largest medical project in the GCC, is the estimated $6.7bn King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Project for the Development of Security Forces Medical Complexes, which comprises two separate medical cities for security forces that are being developed in Riyadh and Jeddah on behalf of the Kingdom’s Interior Ministry.
The main contractor appointed to the project after tendering in 2011 is the local ABV Rock Group, while the consultant on the project is the local office of Lebanon’s Dar al-Handasah.
The Saudi Binladin Group was another front runner to win the project, while other bidders included Al-Arrab Contracting, Al-Yamama Group, El-Seif Engineering Contracting and Saudi Oger.
The scope of work includes the construction and fit-out of medical complexes, each with a total built-up area of 1.3 million m2, with medical facilities across 400,000m2, residential units over 500,000m2 hectares. The developments also contain research facilities and office buildings, and will be served by about 200,000m2 of car parking. The project has been billed for completion in 2014.
2 Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Doha, Qatar
The second largest medical project in the GCC is the technologically-advanced $2.4bn Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha. The primary infrastructure of the38-hectare initiative, launched by Qatar Petroleum on behalf of the Qatar Foundation, includes a nine-storey hospital with 512 beds, a seven-storey clinic, accommodation for 350 nurses and a parking facility to cater for 2,000 vehicles.
The total built up area is 326,000m2, and the dramatic modern design for the structures incorporates steel, glass and white ceramic tile. A joint venture between OHL Construction International and Contrack was originally awarded the main construction contract in 2008. The design architect on the project is Pelli Clarke Pelli, while the construction is being managed by KEO International Consultants.
“Sidra Medical and Research Center is world-class not only in terms of the technology inside but also in terms of its striking design and the superior quality of care it offers to the people of Qatar,” Saad Al Muhannadi, vice president for Capital Projects and Facilities of Qatar Foundation, has previously said, noting that the all-digital facility will enhance not only healthcare but also Qatar’s scientific expertise.
3 International Medical City, Salalah, Oman
Oman’s grand design for a $1bn ‘International Medical City’ in Salalah is not yet under construction, but will begin this year, its project director has assured, and the medical tourism project is expected to be brought into operation in 2016. Its 870,000m2 waterfront plot overlooking the Arabian Sea was allocated by the Ministry of Tourism, while the Ministry of Health is also a project partner.
The project will be implemented in three phases, the first phase focusing on the construction of a 530-bed multi-speciality tertiary care hospital. Phase two will then add a four-star medical hotel, and phase three a medical education complex and R&D centre. The design and engineering of the later phases will commence with the construction of the first phase, and will break ground in 2015.
4 Cleveland Clinic, Al-Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi
On Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, the region’s first US-branded Cleveland Clinic is one of the most ambitious medical projects in the Gulf. The project comprises a multi-specialty academic medical centre across 409,234m2 of vertical floorspace including five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, 13 floors of inpatient units with a total of 364 beds, and parking for 3,100 vehicles.
Work on the $1.55bn medical centre is being conducted under a joint venture between Six Construct (which owns 60%) and its South Korean partner firm Samsung C&T (which owns the remaining 40%) – the same team that built the Burj Khalifa.
Highlights of the structure include a glass atrium that is about three football fields in length and private rooms large enough to accommodate entire families.
Once complete, the building will be the largest structural steel building in the UAE, weighing in at more than 30,000 tonnes. The project is being developed for Mubadala by Aldar Properties and has been designed by Aedas, while Henningson, Durham and Richardson (HDR) served as architects on the project. US-based operator Cleveland Clinic will run the hospital with an initial 364-bed capacity.
5 Sultan Qaboos Medical City Complex, Barka, Oman
Under the directives of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos to set up a $1.5bn medical city, Oman’s ministry of health has also started a field study for a 500-hectare project in the Wilayat of Barka. The complex will have more than 2,000 beds combined, integrating five specialist tertiary hospitals when finished.
6 King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, KSA
The third referral specialist medical city in the country after King Fahd Medical City and King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, the King Abdullah Medical City, the design phase project will cover an area of 350 hectares and cost an estimated $1.2bn. The capacity of the primary five-story hospital building will be 1,500 beds, of which 500 beds have been allotted for specialist referrals.
7 Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital, Kuwait
Kuwait’s big medical project is the Jaber Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Hospital, under construction since December 2009, when the main contract was awarded to the Arab Contractors (OAO&Co). Overseen by Kuwait’s Dar Gulf Consult and US Langdon Wilson International, the $1.06bn hospital will provide a total of 1,168 beds, and a three-storey underground car park with the capacity for 7,000 vehicles.
Across its total built up area of 225,000m2, the hospital includes a comprehensive range of medical services including diagnostics, clinical, casualty and dental services, along with VIP provisioning for visiting heads of states and other another wing of suites for other VIPs.
Alongside 36 major and minor operating rooms, the facility will deliver the largest trauma centre in the entire Middle East.
8 Expansion of Al-Jahra Hospital, Kuwait
Now at tender phase, the project to expand Al -Jahra Hospital will see the construction of a new 1,000-bed healthcare facility at a cost of approximately $1bn, comprising 25 operation rooms, 50 intensive care units and a slew of other facilities, with completion anticipated for Q4 2015.
9 Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE
An expansion to a major existing facility, Mafraq Hospital, which was first established in 1983, the new construction programme is valued at $871m and is being undertaken by Al Habtoor Leighton Group and Murray & Roberts, with Burt Hill on design and Allen & Shariff Corp. as project manager. Begun March 2011, the project topping-out was in November, and completion is set for March 2014.
The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company revamp will triple the number of treatment rooms to 690 beds. Once complete, the site will span an area of 306,803m2 with a built up area of 246,118m2. The hospital is among the oldest in Abu Dhabi and the energy-efficient building addition will regenerate the facility, recycling waste water, using fibre-optical interior sun lighting and utilise solar panels.
10 New Rashid Hospital, Dubai Creek, UAE
The most recently announced medical mega-project in the region is an $817m masterplan for the revamp of Dubai’s Rashid Hospital, which will include six new specialised health centres, a four-star and a five-star hotel, and villas and flats for more than 5,400 staff and their families.
The project 100,000m2 site will be occupied by three 300-bed seven-storey towers inspired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid’s three-finger salute, representing victory, triumph and love, and a mosque with the capacity for 150 worshippers. The 900 beds will include six VIP rooms and seven royal suites.
The project also includes plans for a new rehabilitation centre, which will have 500 beds, flanked by the two hotels, which will have 1,000 rooms and 20 chalets. The trauma centre will also be expanded over the next two years to accommodate 116-beds; the outpatient facility to 160 treatment rooms.
In addition to creating on-site parking for 6,500 vehicles, the project has been pre-empted by the Rashid Hospital dual-tunnel master plan to smooth traffic flow in the vicinity of Rashid Hospital.
11 Expansion of Al-Ain Hospital, UAE
Abu Dhabi’s secondary city also gets a look-in with the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company project to expand Al-Ain Hospital. The tender-stage programme will see a 688-bed hospital established on a 358,000m2 plot at a cost $708m. The facility will bolster Al-Ain’s healthcare provision by adding 150 dedicated beds for rehabilitation and section for women, children and intensive and post-natal care.
12 King Faisal Medical City (Phase 2), Assir - $700m
13 Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (Expansion) - $680m
14 Kuwait Children’s Hospital (KCH), Sabah Area - $617m
15 Ajyad General Hospital (Expansion), Makkah - $600m
Our 15 Mega Hospital Projects list was produced by Ventures Middle East, a key provider of strategic business advisory services in the GCC and wider MENA region. Here we ask Dr. Subhi Abu Shkair COO, Ventures Healthcare, about healthcare.
How has the healthcare project landscape changed over the last decade?
The rapid population increase worldwide and the discovery of new diseases has created greater demand for new healthcare facilities, qualified clinicians, and new technologies to address such demand. Government and private sectors are racing to address such demand in addition to contain cost and maintaining quality of care.
The case is very much applicable to this region too. As a result we have been witnessing more and bigger healthcare facilities establishing in the region. More specialized hospitals are being planned and built in order to cater for specific type of diseases or treatment, such as diabetes, cancer, sports medicine etc.
What trends can you see in the healthcare sector? (ie: mega projects, or lots of small clinic jobs)
From previous experience, the way to establish healthcare facilities need to focus on the integration of facilities, solo practices and private clinics must adopt to an integrated module in order to provide continuity of care, eliminate duplication, maintain single patient record, reduce healthcare cost. Having said so the new project must think globally rather than individually which eventually contribute to the establishment of mega projects.
We saw the emergence of Healthcare cities in the region within which there are hospitals, hotels and other mixed use developments where patients and their families can be attracted to such environment for pleasure and clinical care. However, we need to be very careful in planning such mega and costly healthcare cities from an economic point of view, investors must look around for similar investments around the region.
It would require, long term strategic plan, solid marketing plan, and utilizing such facilities for the countries immediate needs, and then attract other patients from other countries, otherwise it would be very expensive to maintain such facilities, retain competent clinical staff, and would be a Hugh burden on the national economy.
Has there been an increase in project activity since the onset of the Arab spring?
Some countries have been affected by the Arab spring and created opportunities for new projects and equal distribution of services in such countries in addition to mobile hospitals needs in the affected areas.
This has also contributed to a considerable increase in medical tourism in countries not affected by the Arab spring especially UAE and Qatar.
Have you witnessed more global players targeting the region lately?
Global players in the clinical arena would be definitely attracted to play a management role in such rapid healthcare development.
We have seen many new players entering the market especially as an operator or in the management role. In addition to utilising their capability in the management role, it would be good for governments to look into establishing research programs with these operators to address the local healthcare needs.
Any forecasts for how the sector will continue to develop?
The sector will continue to apply modern technologies, safety, lean construction adaptation, and green buildings which will create new jobs, reduce cost, and eliminate wastage of space and resources.
In addition to that governments are relying on available information and statistics in order to wisely distribute healthcare services according to the actual needs. Therefore, the use of Health information technology is vital to provide decision makers with the required information to make the right decision.