Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital opens in Ras Al Khaimah
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, officially opened the Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah on 18 February. During his speech to mark the occasion, HH Sheikh Saud said the new hospital is part of an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed, the UAE President, to enhance the overall and sustainable development of the UAE.
“Today we celebrate the opening of the edifice, one of many monuments, written by Sheikh Khalifa in the annals of history of our beloved country, and an achievement to be added to many national achievements under the country’s wise leadership, which had a deep impact in providing a decent life and prosperity for UAE citizens,” HH Sheikh Saud said. “We stand on the threshold of a medical edifice that adds a distinctive landmark in the country and region’s health-care sector. We are proud as the sons of Ras Al Khaimah to embrace the new hospital that carries the name of Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital, which is dear to our hearts.”
The 248-bed medical facility, which is the largest specialist hospital in the Middle East, is operated and managed by Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea, which also provides 200 of the hospital’s medical staff of about 1,400. Staff from Korea also provide training and education to local physicians.
The Korean hospital won the contract against competition from world-renowned institutions including Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Stanford in California and King’s College Hospital in London. It will receive financial support for its operations from the UAE.
The new hospital includes medical care units built according to the highest international standards. It was constructed in line with the vision of HH Sheikh Khalifa that seeks to provide the best medical services and facilities.
Compiled from reports in the Gulf News and The National