Dubai Healthcare City

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) (Arabic: مدينة دبي الصحية‎) is a healthcare free economic zone situated in the Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. DHCC was launched in 2002 by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. DHCC was mandated by the government[1] to meet the demand for high-quality, patient-centered healthcare, and the main aim is to attract tourists to Dubai for medical services and treatments.

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TypeFree Economic Zone
Buildings under construction in Dubai Healthcare City, 2011.

Through strategic partnerships, DHCC provides a wide range of services in healthcare, medical education and research, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, wellness and allied support.[2]

DHCC comprises two phases.[3] Phase 1 of DHCC is dedicated to healthcare and medical education and covers 4.1 million square feet.[4] Phase 2, which is under development, is dedicated to wellness, and will cover 19 million square feet.[5]

In 2014 alone, visits to DHCC were up 20 percent to 1.2 million from 1 million in 2013, of which 15 percent were medical tourists. According to DHCC, the most popular procedures sought by medical tourists to DHCC include infertility, cosmetic and dental treatments. Most medical tourists came to the DHCC from the Gulf Cooperation Council area (37 percent) and wider Arab world (25 percent), though 20 percent came from Europe and 18 from Asia.[6]


DHCC, overseen by the Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA),[1] operates through four divisions: Healthcare, Education and Research, Investment and Regulatory.


DHCC is home to 120 medical facilities including hospitals – Mediclinic City Hospital[7] and Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Hospital[8] – more than 120 outpatient medical centers and diagnostic laboratories with more than 4,000 licensed professionals.[9]

Education and Research

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences[10] (MBRU) is the first medical university of Dubai Healthcare City Authority[11] located in Dubai Healthcare City[12] free zone. The University comprises two colleges, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine,[13] and the College of Medicine;[14] the colleges offer six postgraduate specialty dentistry programs and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree respectively. MBRU integrates education, clinical practice,[15] and research to provide an innovative academic experience. It has the technology and learning resources in place that enrich students’ experiences and journey. Learning resources include Al Maktoum Medical Library,[16] that counts the rare 1867 volume of The Lancet in its permanent collection; the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center,[17] the largest in the UAE, as well as dedicated research and anatomy labs. MBRU is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research[18] in the United Arab Emirates,[circular reference] and the MBBS degree is listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools.[19]


DHCC offers medical and healthcare providers with a ‘one-stop shop’ solution[buzzword] to set up operations and avail of free zone[20] benefits. The investment product portfolio has clinical, commercial, retail, business centre and free-hold land.[21]


Under DHCA, the Centre for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ) is an independent regulatory body responsible for licensing healthcare providers and professionals, and setting and maintaining international best practice in healthcare delivery and patient care within DHCC.[22]

Notable personnelEdit

Marwan Abedin, Chief Executive Officer of DHCC,[23] serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, the legislative body of the free zone. Is also a Member of the Board of Directors of Emaar Properties PJSC and of Al Jalila Foundation, a not-for-profit organization under Royal Decree.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Dubai Healthcare City Launches BR Medical Suites". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  3. ^ "Middle East Health Magazine". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
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  5. ^ "Future looks bright for Dubai Healthcare City if Dubai wins Expo bid". 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
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  7. ^ "Mediclinic Middle East To Expand Presence At Dubai Healthcare City With Dhs200m Extension Of Mediclinic City Hospital #Dubai". Dubai City Guide. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  8. ^ "Dr. Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Group to Expand Presence at Dubai Healthcare City with AED400-million Multispecialty Hospital #Dubai". Dubai City Guide. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  9. ^ "Medical Tourism Association®-Dubai Healthcare City to Host Health Travel Certification Workshop". Medical Tourism Association. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  10. ^ WAM (6 September 2014). "Mohammad Bin Rashid medical university".
  11. ^ Report, Staff (4 May 2011). "Mohammad issues law establishing Dubai Healthcare City Authority".
  12. ^ Reporter, Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, Senior (30 June 2017). "Dubai Health Care City clinics can open branches in free zones".
  13. ^ Report, Staff (16 February 2015). "Health Care City announces new dental medical college".
  14. ^ Wam (28 January 2016). "Princess Haya launches College of Medicine".
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  16. ^ Inc., Kallman Worldwide. "Rare glimpse of the past will illuminate Future of Surgery Zone at Arab Health 2015". PRLog.
  17. ^ Reporter, Carolina D’Souza, Staff (3 May 2013). "Medical 'human patient simulators' in Dubai to the rescue".
  18. ^ Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (UAE)[circular reference]
  19. ^ World Directory of Medical Schools.[circular reference]
  20. ^ Oliver Wainwright (2014-07-09). "The world's first indoor city: a greatest hits mashup of London and New York | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  21. ^ "New healthcare centre to ensure top quality medical services | WAM". 2004-10-17. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  22. ^ "Dubai Healthcare City's Regulator receives second prestigious accreditationUAE - The Official Web Site - News". Retrieved 2015-04-23.
  23. ^ "Princess Haya announces Dubai Healthcare City reorganisation". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2015-04-23.

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