The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has started construction of the AED550.95m ($149.9m) Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa Specialist Heart Center in the Awali area, Bahrain. The funding of the project comes under a grant pledged by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013 within the framework of the development of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) program.
The scheme, which is managed by the ADFD on behalf of the UAE government to meet the growing demand for specialist heart centers, includes the construction of an integrated advanced centre for diseases and heart surgeries, and other medical services. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, director-general of the ADFD, said: “The financing of this important and integrated center for diseases and heart surgeries, reflects keenness of the UAE on playing effective role in sustainable development in Bahrain through provision of better health services to citizens there.” He added that the project represents a “quantum shift” in diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. When completed the capacity of the heart center will be 150 beds.
The ADFD manages the 10-year grant worth AED9.19bn (US$2.5bn), submitted by the UAE to Bahrain in 2013, within the framework of the GCC development program. The grant also targets vital and key sectors in Bahrain, including housing, water, health, and transport.