Sharjah - The UAE's New Healthcare Hub?


Fraser Clarke

Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates looks set to become the latest beneficiary of the Gulf’s vastly increased healthcare spending, with plans for the Emirates’ first healthcare ‘free economic zone’ given the green light.

The move comes seven years after the plans were originally discussed, with the hope being that they’ll fit in with the Emirates’ quest to become the UAE’s home of medical education, research and development. In recent times The University of Sharjah has gained a strong reputation throughout the country for its medical students and research - and this should provide an impressive base for the new medical development to build on.

Part of the plans will consist of a new administrative building, which will operate as a tax free zone and allow full foreign ownership of the business based in it.

Sharjah’s Health Authority expects this to make its new facility standout from the rest, by allowing investment opportunities which appeal to hospitals of any size, as well as polyclinics, medical laboratories, rehabilitation centres, health clubs, consultancy offices, and even opportunities for producers of healthcare equipment and accessories.

The announcement, which was made last week, comes just under a month after the Thumbay group announced the official opening of it’s new multispecialty hospital in Rolla, to the north-west of the Emirate.

Dubai based Thumbay opened the new teaching hospital, which has a dedicated anesthesia team, in early January. Making it one of the first companies to realise that Sharjah is set to play a big part in future healthcare developments in the Middle East.

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