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Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai Healthcare City
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is the world’s first healthcare free zone that aims to provide a globally accredited regional medical center offering healthcare services, medical education, and research facilities. Developed as a hub of healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, the DHCC is among the numerous ‘cities within a city’ in Dubai.

Considered and projected as an exercise in social responsibility on part of the Dubai Government, the Dubai Healthcare City will be a centralized and affordable medical and fitness facility after its completion.


The DHCC is located on the Oud Metha Road, next to the Creek, near the Al Wasl Hospital and Wafi City. While still under a massive development plan, this unique city will have its own Dubai Metro Station by year 2010.

Infrastructure and Services:

Established by Dubai Holding under its wing Tatweer with an estimated budget of US$1.8 billion, the Dubai Healthcare City is targeted to be easily accessible to anyone living in the UAE, the Middle East, and its neighboring countries. This project will not only boost medical tourism (tours planned around facilities that provide cost-effective medical procedures), but will also provide a one-stop destination for:

  • Medical services
  • Medical education
  • Research and Development
  • Private hospitals and clinics
  • Pharmaceutical offices
  • Spas
  • Wellness centers, and
  • Rehabilitation centers 

The project will also house residential projects (villas and apartments), hotels, parks and an artificial lake to promote medical tourism activity.

Why Dubai Healthcare City?

DHCC is the world’s first freezone healthcare city. When you lease DHCC plots to build medical facilities, you enjoy a tax-free and liberal work environment like any other business in a free zone. Processing of visas, permits, and other government procedures (necessary for setting up a center in DHCC) are also fast-tracked.

Yet, safety standards are not compromised. The government of Dubai has handed over accreditation responsibility to independent medical organizations of international repute. If, within 36-months from the setup a facility is deemed unfit, its license is revoked.

International presence:

Leading medical centers and institutes from the UK, US, and Germany have leased plots in DHCC. Pharmaceutical giants like Johnson and Johnson and Novo Nordisk have also set up regional base in Dubai.


DHCC aims to provide a world-class healthcare system for disease treatment and prevention (phase I), and overall wellness (phase II). Facilities proposed for this sprawl over 4.1 million sq. ft. of prime land, and include:

  • Specialty hospitals

At present, 17 hospitals (a total of 780 beds) are under construction. Besides general and university hospitals and a nursing home, there are hospitals specializing in plastic surgery, cardiology, obstetrics, urology, orthopedic, sports medicine, palliative care, and rehabilitation.

  • Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC)

Harvard Medical International (HMI), together with DHCC, has created the Harvard Medical School Dubai Center. Managed by HMI, HMSDC aims to provide high-caliber medical education and research in the region.

  • Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ)

Another joint venture between DHCC and HMI, CPQ works towards establishing standards of quality for medical facilities operating within DHCC. It will work towards setting standards for:

  1. Quality of healthcare delivered
  2. Clinical planning and practices
  3. Education
  4. Training
  5. Project Management, and
  6. Licensing and Accreditation

Upcoming projects:

Presently running with a staff of more than 760 people including more than 130 physicians, the DHCC is partly functional. While the University Hospital is expected to be ready by the end of 2008, phase I and II are under construction with year 2010 as their projected completion year. After completion, the DHCC will house the following:

  • A Nursing School offering basic and masters level with a capacity of 200 students.
  • An Academic Centre housing a Life Sciences research centre, a 300-seat auditorium, and the Al Maktoum Medical Library, which will be the most comprehensive medical reference collection in the country, when completed.
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