DUBAI – Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, announced that it has already raised over 59 million USD to establish the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital to help cancer patients in need.
The UAE’s first charity hospital will accelerate the UAE’s efforts to be a leader in cancer care and a pioneer in medical innovation shaping the future of medicine.
Al Jalila Foundation is investing AED750 million in the 250-bed hospital spanning 50,000 square metres, which will be built in two phases with the first phase creating capacity to attend to at least 30,000 patients annually.
The comprehensive cancer care hospital will bring together innovative expertise and advanced medical technologies on par with the best in the world. It will provide comprehensive cancer care ranging from prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care.
The donors in this fund include HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, HE Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Mohammed Ibrahim Obaidullah, Hamad bin Ahmad bin Sougat, the Family of the Late Abdulla Hassan Al Rostamani, the Family of the Late Abdel Wahid Hasan Al Rostamani, Abdul Rahim Mohammed Belghozooz Al Zarooni, Abdul Hameed Ahmed Seddiqi, Faizal E. Kottikollon & Shabana Faizal, Dr. Rajen A. Kilachand, Raghuvinder Kataria and PNC Menon.
Al Jalila Foundation had unveiled the plans for the hospital, to be developed under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during Ramadan.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Al Jalila Foundation, said: “There is no greater priority than health and we have an obligation to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society. The Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital will bring together innovative expertise, advanced medical technologies and wellbeing strategies to propel the UAE’s vision forward to become a leader in cancer care.”
Her Excellency Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, Member of the Board of Trustees and Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Al Jalila Foundation, commented saying that they will be indulging some of the world’s leading oncologists to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the state-of-the-art facility.
Currently, Al Jalila Foundation has raised AED220 million towards the AED480 million needed to build Phase 1 of the hospital and the first year of operations. The hospital is expected to open its doors to the first patient in 2023.
Donors have praised Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital
Philanthropists who donated to the new Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital praised the initiative to build the hospital as a pioneering contribution to the nation’s healthcare sector.
The UAE’s first charity hospital pays tribute to the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his lifetime of service to the nation and extraordinary global philanthropic achievements.
“We deeply appreciate the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to establish a world-class hospital which will be a beacon of hope for cancer patients. Our long-term partnership with Al Jalila Foundation is underpinned by our collective vision to improve the lives of people and communities through medical innovation. Our contribution to build the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital is a symbol of our commitment to support free medical treatment for cancer patients who would otherwise be unable to afford it,” HE Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Founder, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Charity Foundation, said.
PNC Menon, Founder and Chairman, Sobha Group said they believe the hospitals work towards advancing local medical research is crucial to the UAE’s progress as a medical hub.
The UAE is home to the brightest minds, according to one of the donors, and its healthcare sector is expanding rapidly to meet the evolving needs of a growing population.