Work on Salalah IMC project to begin by year-end
Phase one of $1bn Omani healthcare facility planned for Q2 of 2016
Infrastructure work on the $1bn (OMR 385m) International Medical City (IMC) project in the Omani city of Salalah will begin by the end of this year, according to the chief operating officer of Apex Medical Group (AMG) and IMC project director.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Health Facilities Infrastructure Oman conference, Dr Naeema Aziz was reported by Muscat Daily as saying: “We are planning to start work on the infrastructure by year-end, maybe next month. The infrastructure design is ready and contractors are in place.”
A project management company has been appointed to manage the infrastructure construction and the multi-speciality hospital, she added.
The phase one development includes a 250-bed multi-speciality tertiary-care hospital, organ transplant centre, rehabilitation centre, a diagnostic centre, ancillary services and infrastructural development.
“Phase one will be completed in the second quarter of 2016 and should be ready for opening in the second half of 2016. In phase one we have planned a multi-speciality hospital and three centres of excellence. Along with the hospital, the initial phase will also see the construction of 153 hotel apartments and staff accommodation,” Dr Naeema said.
The first phase of the project is expected to cost around $310m (OMR 119.4m), with work on phase two to be initiated three years after the opening of phase-one facilities, according to Dr Naeema. IMC’s second phase will involve the extension of the multi-speciality hospital to 530 beds and is planned for completion by 2021.
“In terms of multi-speciality tertiary care we will be competing with facilities in Dubai, such as the Khalifa Medical City, and other private players,” Dr Naeema said.
“But the organ transplant centre will be the first-of-its-kind in the region and a unique feature of the IMC project and a key driving force,” she added.