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MENA healthcare project pipeline valued at US$55.2 billion
Source: Design Unlimited Partners , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Wed August 23, 2017 12:10 pm

UAE. As much as $55.2bn worth of healthcare projects are in the pipeline in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2017, with major new developments expected to be announced at the forthcoming Building Healthcare Innovation & Design Show.

According to the latest industry estimates, a total of 37 mega hospital projects are already underway in the Gulf region, worth about $28.2bn and are expected to add 22,500 hospital beds to existing capacity (Alpen Capital Healthcare Report). The rest of the year will be even more robust for the healthcare projects market, with major projects being undertaken throughout the region.

In Saudi Arabia, some of the high-profile projects include King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Project For Development of Security Forces Medical Complexes; King Khaled Medical City, Dammam; King Faisal Medical City, Asir; Mouwasat Hospital, Al Khobar and Amal Mental Health Hospital, Taif; while in the UAE, the projects include Al Ain Hospital, Al Ain; Burjeel Medical City, Abu Dhabi; Gulf Medical University Hospital, Ajman; Mediclinic Parview Hospital, Dubai and King's College Hospital, Dubai.

The value of the healthcare market in Bahrain is projected reach $2.0 billion in 2020. Some of the high-profile hospital projects in the pipeline include King Abdullah Medical City, Durrat Al Bahrain; Mohammed Bin Khalifa Cardiac Hospital, Awali; Cancer Treatment Centre, King Hamad University Hospital, Muharraq and Muharraq Hospital Complex, Muharraq.

In Oman, the pipeline of hospital projects include Sultan Qaboos Medical City Complex, Barka; International Medical City, Salalah; Royal Oman Police Hospital, Muscat and Al Madina International Hospital, Muscat.

Kuwait’s hospital project pipeline includes 20 large-scale mega healthcare projects worth approximately $12bn which will add some 11,200 beds. Some of the projects underway are New Al Jahra Hospital, Al Jahra; SHBC Al Farwaniya Hospital Expansion, Kuwait City; Al Adnan Hospital Expansion, Kuwait; Sabah General Hospital Expansion, Al Sabah and Kuwait Cancer Control Centre Expansion, Kuwait City.

In Iran, the healthcare projects’ pipeline includes Ahvaz Super Hospital, Ahvaz; Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Hospital, Shiraz; New Shahid Rajaie Cardiovascular, Medical and Research Centre, Tehran; Mazandaran Hospital, Mahforujak and New Dr. Shariati Teaching Hospital, Tehran; while in Egypt, the projects include the New National Cancer Institute, Giza; The Global Hospital, Alexandria; Egyptian American Medical Centre, Giza and Children's Cancer Hospital Egypt 57357 Extension, Cairo.

The MENA region’s premier healthcare build and design show, organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the world’s leading publishing and exhibitions company, Building Healthcare Innovation & Design Show will be co-located with Cityscape Global for the 2017 edition of the show which will take place from 11-13 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The decision to merge the two independently successful trade shows comes as an effort to create one unified business platform for the full spectrum of the construction, design and development industries in the region.

More than 150 exhibiting companies and 3,800 participants are expected to attend Building Healthcare exhibition and conference to discuss new healthcare projects, best practice in design and construction and source new technologies and services that will maximise facility operations and improve patient experience.

The show, which will have its own area at Cityscape Global, is the only dedicated platform for professionals involved in the build, construction, design and innovation of healthcare facilities.

Meanwhile, Cityscape Global 2017, also organised by Informa, is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors and showcase 1,000 of ongoing and new real estate projects in the region.

Commenting on the decision to co-locate Building Healthcare with Cityscape Global, Dave Panther, Vice President of Sales at Informa said, “While Cityscape is a powerhouse when it comes to showcasing the best of what the region has to offer in terms of real estate, Building Healthcare does the same for the build, construction, design and innovation of healthcare facilities. By combining these two platforms, we can ensure that professionals from across the full spectrum of the industry will find everything they are looking for during the three-day exhibition and congress. We expect many new infrastructure developments and real estate projects to be announced during the show,”

According to global property consultants JLL, who are the official content partners for Building Healthcare, it is not surprising that more real estate players in MENA are seeking to diversify into the healthcare sector.

“The healthcare sector offers the ability for real estate investors to participate in a growing market backed by the government, where long-term leases can be structured to major regional and international healthcare providers,” said Craig Plumb – Head of Research, MENA – JLL.

“From a developer’s perspective, healthcare facilities can contribute to the overall attraction of residential communities and also comprises a potential source of demand for commercial space within office or retail projects. While major hospitals may be too specialist for many contractors, clinics and other less specialist medical uses are well within the capabilities of more general contractors.”

Building Healthcare attendees will also benefit from the new congress format offering six dedicated conference sessions under the theme “Starting with the End in Mind”. The free-to-attend congress provides integrated content addressing the challenges involved throughout the entire lifecycle of a healthcare facility: Vision, Invest, Design, Build, Equip and Manage.

Other new features include a full three-day seminar and workshop schedule that will examine ongoing projects in MENA region, discuss how to invest in new markets and assess case studies of planning, design, and construction that can be used in future projects.

Please visit for more information about Building Healthcare Innovation & Design Show.

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About Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions:
Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, in charge of the healthcare portfolio within Informa’s Global Exhibitions division, organises 26 exhibitions yearly covering the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and US market, connecting more than 150,000 healthcare professionals worldwide and offering a range of marketing solutions for companies involved with the healthcare sector.

Over 100 congresses take place in parallel with the exhibitions, demonstrating Informa Life Sciences’ philosophy of ‘Exhibition with Education’. Delegates are able to leverage the expertise of international experts at our extensive range of CME accredited conferences and masterclasses.
These powerfully educational conferences attract a diverse range of healthcare professionals, clinicians and specialists from across the globe.

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