Mayo Clinic expands operations in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Updated: November 24, 2019 10:53 PM
Created: November 24, 2019 01:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic announced on Sunday that it is expanding its operations to the Middle East, partnering with the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates.

Mayo Clinic officials say the collaboration will develop a complex-care hospital into an international medical destination. Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit global leader in medical care, education and research, have announced a joint venture to operate Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, one of the United Arab Emirates’ largest hospitals for patients with serious or complex medical conditions. As part of the agreement, Mayo Clinic will become a shareholder in the new operating company, marking a new type of partnership by an international health care provider in the UAE.


Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is a 741-licensed bed hospital designed to provide specialty care across a range of clinical practices, setting new benchmarks for medical care and experience in the UAE. Officials from both entities say the goal is to be the preferred destination for patients needing serious or complex care in Abu Dhabi, with a plan to transition Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City into a premier destination for medical care in the Middle East over the next decade.

The agreement was signed by H.E. Salem Rashid Al Noaimi, Chairman of SEHA and Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic.

The announcement follows a period of collaboration in which Mayo Clinic and SEHA teams developed a plan to activate 24 specialty clinics. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City opened and began accepting patients earlier this month and is expected to be in full operation, including all inpatient departments, in early 2020 as Mayo Clinic builds a growing physical presence there.

The multispecialty, state-of-the-art hospital will be staffed by 2,240 caregivers, including more than 440 internationally trained physicians. The facility covers 300,000 square meters, or more than 3.2 million square feet. Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City is distinguished in the UAE by its specialized services and advanced diagnostics, as well as the specialized procedures offered, including procedures for the arteries, burns and shock, chest and lungs, orthopedics and reconstructive surgeries. This center is designed to promote comprehensive, interdisciplinary learning and treat the most complex medical cases.

Mayo Clinic is ranked the No. 1 hospital in the United States by U.S. News & World Report and in the world by Newsweek. It is the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice. Physicians from every medical specialty work together to care for patients. They are joined by the philosophy that the needs of the patient come first.

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC–SEHA – is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public health care system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. SEHA operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, more than 60 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centers and two blood banks. Its facilities accommodate 100,000 inpatients annually and conduct 41,000 surgeries, as well as treating more than 5 million outpatients. SEHA is one of the largest integrated health care providers in the Middle East, with more than 18,000 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel.

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