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Rashid Hospital faces billion dirham rebuild

Existing facility to be demolished as the masterplan for a new complex is drawn up

The Department of Health and Medical Services (Dohms) in Dubai is to spend US $272 million (AED1 billion) on a new 30,000m2 Rashid Hospital. The existing facility will then be demolished.

“The masterplan for the new Rashid Hospital is still under evaluation and nothing is finalised as yet, but we expect the plans to be ready by 2007,” said Dr Mohsin Basalah of Dohms.

Construction Week has learnt that three proposals for the consultant’s contracts were submitted earlier this year, including one from Al Hashimi, who has partnered with Abu Dhabi-based consultant Hospital Design Planners, as well as
bids from Al Gurg Consultants and Arenco. The consultant for the project is expected to be announced within three months.

A source from Al Hashimi said: “Nothing has been finalised as yet and we still haven’t won the job on the project; we’ve just been shortlisted along with another consultant. At the moment everything is only on paper and even if things run smoothly it would take at least two years before the project sees the light of day.

“It could take another two or three months before the consultant is announced and then a year or two before the architectural designs are finalised. It took around seven years to construct the Trauma Centre so one can’t expect this new project to go any faster.”

The new hospital will be located within the Rashid Hospital complex next to where the existing hospital building currently stands and is expected to have a capacity of at least 700 beds.

A spokesperson from Al Gurg Consultants said: “We submitted our proposals to Dohms about six months ago but have not been give any date as to when the consultant will be appointed.”

Rashid Hospital, which is located near Maktoum Bridge on the Bur Dubai side, currently has a capacity of around 400 beds with only one emergency bay. However the recent completion of the Trauma Centre means the facility can now handle seven ambulances simultaneously.

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