x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

New homes, specialised hospital and Dh54m of development projects for Sharjah and RAK approved

Construction of 32 houses for citizens in Ras Al Khaimah and a new specialist accident and emergency hospital were among the projects approved by the follow up Committee of the Initiatives of the UAE President.

ABU DHABI // A raft of development projects have been approved for Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah, including the construction of a new specialist accident and emergency hospital.

In an announcement made by the state news agency Wam, The Follow up Committee of the Initiatives of the UAE President has approved the building of 32 houses for citizens in Ras Al Khaimah and approved Dh54 million of development projects in both emirates.

Approval for the projects was given during a meeting held at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs this week.

The committee approved the awarding of contracts for consultancy, services and design for the Dh12.5 million Sheikh Khalifa Accident and Trauma Hospital to be built in Sharjah.

The facility, to be built in cooperation with a consortium of international and local consultants, will have 175 beds and is designed to provide integrated health care for critical trauma and injuries.

Accessed from Emirates Road, it will also potentially cut waiting and travel times for patients from across the Northern Emirates.

The housing development for local citizens in RAK will be designed and built on new sustainability standards at a cost of Dh25  million.

“We are awaiting more details of the housing plans, as to where exactly they will be built and when,” said Mohammed Al Asam, the director general of Ras Al Khaimah Municipality.

“Whenever they announce a certain amount of houses for our citizens our job is to liaise with them and ensure they are built in a suitable location.

“We allocate the land for those houses and facilities, and work with the contractors and building permits.

“Of course this is a very welcome announcement to tackle the issue of housing in the emirate. There is a demand for houses for local people and the municipality works to facilitate this.”

Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, the Deputy Minister of Presidential Affairs, announced that, alongside the housing, a Dh16.5m waste treatment and sewerage facility in Ras Al Khaimah would be used to irrigate plants as part of the national water sustainability strategy to make better use of water resources.

The Sheikh Khalifa Accident and Trauma Hospital is one of several new healthcare facilities Sheikh Khalifa, the President, ordered to be built bearing his name. Similar projects have been completed in Ajman, RAK and Umm Al Quwain.

The trauma hospital would help reduce patient numbers at Sharjah’s Al Qassimi hospital and Ajman’s Sheikh Khalifa hospital, both of which handle large numbers of road accident victims.

A report from the ambulance and emergency department of Ajman’s Sheikh Khalifa hospital revealed staff handled 4,458 emergency cases last year.

Abdul Kareem Al Halimi, the director of the ambulance and emergency department, said this year that most of the cases were from traffic accidents.

As the hospital is one of the largest in the Northern Emirates and is situated close to Emirates Road it serves Ajman and the neighbouring emirates.