UAE— Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has unveiled the design of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, part of Dubai Health, which will open in 2026.

The unveiling of the Hospital’s design represents a key step toward honouring the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his lifetime of devotion to the nation and extraordinary global charitable endeavours that continue to impact the lives of countless people around the world.

This revelation paves the way for the provision of modern and accessible cancer care, with the new hospital positioned to be Dubai’s “first integrated, comprehensive cancer hospital.”

The ceremony took place at the hospital’s designated site in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Health Board of Directors; Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Health Board of Directors; and Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Establishment for Medical and Educational Sciences.

Awadh Seghayer Al Ketbi, Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA); Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson of the Al Jalila Foundation Board of Directors and Dubai Health Board Member; and Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif, CEO of Dubai Health, were among the officials and benefactors who attended the ceremony.

The Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital is being built thanks to donations from the Al Jalila Foundation, which leads Dubai Health’s charitable mission.

Individual and organisational contributions will help to fund the 56,000-square-metre hospital’s construction.

The hospital, which will be built in Al Jaddaf, is expected to have 50 clinics, 30 clinical research areas, 60 infusion rooms, 10 urgent care rooms, 5 radiation rooms, and 116 inpatient beds.

19 gardens will be installed across the hospital site to improve the healing environment for patients and their families.

The comprehensive cancer hospital will benefit from a multidisciplinary team as part of Dubai Health, Dubai’s first integrated academic health system.

The hospital will also provide expert nursing, giving patients access to a full range of care services in one location, from early detection to treatment and supportive care.

In keeping with Dubai Health’s ‘Patient First’ policy, selected treatments and services will be made available to patients in the comfort of their own homes, enabling simple and accessible continuity of care.

Speaking during the launch, Sheikh Hamdan noted that the new hospital will be a new addition to the health system in Dubai and will play a critical role in achieving the Dubai Social Agenda 33 goal of delivering the most efficient world-class healthcare system of the highest quality.

He went on to thank all of the donors who had contributed to the hospital project, describing their contributions as important to Dubai’s future and its healthcare industry.

Sheikh Ahmed, on his part, emphasized that the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital will be a light of hope, a center of innovation, and a pledge to deliver excellent care to patients in Dubai and beyond.

He also stated that the presence of some of the world’s best experts, cutting-edge technology, and a compassionate attitude will inspire healing and resilience in the region.

Sheikh Mansour stated that the new hospital will break new ground in elevating cancer care standards, reaffirming Dubai Health’s commitment to advancing health for humanity.

He went on to say that it will help them realize Dubai’s ambition to be a global leader in healthcare innovation, ensuring access to world-class medical services for all.

Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg thanked all of their generous donors for upholding the spirit of giving, echoing the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s legacy, and stated that the hospital is a collective effort, a testament to their shared humanity, uniting them against a global challenge.

The hospital will lead a dramatic shift in care delivery by transitioning from a traditional in-patient approach to an ambulatory model.

This move includes merging primary care with diagnosis and treatment in order to provide early detection and intervention for patients.

Research and clinical trials will be central to the hospital’s services, allowing for the discovery of the best patient outcomes through tailored, patient-centric, evidence-based treatment.

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