The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will open the country's first pediatric care facility, Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital, by the end of 2013, according to a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) official.
The DHA director-general Qadhi Saeed Al Murooshid was quoted by Gulf Today as saying that the Dhs700m ($190m) children's hospital will consist of 200 beds and will cater to children from birth up to 14 years of age and in some cases up to 16 years.
"The facility will provide the entire range of paediatric care services under one roof with several centres of excellence, including nephrology, cardiac care, neonatal care, mental health, neurology and oncology among other specialities," Al Murooshid added.
"The modern healthcare infrastructure has been designed child-friendly, transcending the traditional concept of medical structures, addressing the requirements of all cross-sections of the society residing in the UAE.
"The construction of this project is according to the highest international standards and the project is designed to be an eco-friendly hospital."
The four-storey hospital within the premises of Latifa Hospital will also include more than 3,750 items of biomedical equipment and fixtures as well as a multipurpose activities room for children.
The hospital will also feature an imaging and radiology unit, neonatal intensive care unit, nuclear medicine section, emergency and out-patient departments, burn unit, operating theatres, pharmacy, endoscopy facility and clinical lab.
The DHA deputy director-general Khalid Al Sheikh Mubarak said the children's hospital will have 40 intensive care units, six dialysis facilities, 20 healing centres, 12 training rooms, eight operating theatres, 30 clinical and non-clinical departments, 40 outpatient clinics and a 40-bed emergency department.
"The close proximity of the Dubai Cord Blood and Research Centre to the hospital will benefit those children who need cord blood stem cells which [are] used for treatment of certain types of cancer and diseases of the blood cell," Mubarak added.