x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

A stronger north

Those who have long waited for better infrastructure in the Northern Emirates received welcome news on Tuesday, as the UAE gave the green light for the construction of 110 new villas for UAE nationals in Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman and Sharjah - and for a flagship hospital's completion.

Those who have long waited for better infrastructure in the Northern Emirates received welcome news on Tuesday, as the UAE gave the green light for the construction of 110 new villas for UAE nationals in Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah, Ajman and Sharjah - and for a flagship hospital's completion.

These commitments, as The National reports today, couldn't be more timely.

"There have been times when part of the hospital is closed because it is leaking during the rainy season," a patient said of one hospital in Umm Al Qaiwain. "If new hospitals could be built and old ones upgraded, there would be no health service shortages."

Completion of the Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital in RAK is aimed at doing just that. While the final bill for the finished hospital comes in at a hefty Dh947 million, it's a sorely needed addition for an area widely recognised as under-provided.

Additional items and specialities are in store - cardiology, cancer-treatment and emergency units to name a few. And extra homes and improved infrastructure won't hurt, either. But after months of pointing out these emirates' shortcomings, it's encouraging to see the renewed commitment to prosperity. In a region whose development has lagged, every little bit helps.