x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Municipality to oversee Moroccan hospital

Work on a hospital in Morocco, being built through a donation from the UAE, is expected to begin by December.

ABU DHABI // Work on a multimillion-dollar hospital complex in Morocco, being built through a donation from the UAE, is expected to begin by the end of the year. The Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Specialised Medical Complex in Casablanca is being constructed after a US$100 million (Dh367m) donation by Sheikh Khalifa, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, in 2006. Yesterday, a contract was signed between a French engineering firm and Abu Dhabi Municipality for the construction of the complex, expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

Jumaa al Junaibi, the general manager of Abu Dhabi Municipality, said the company would design and supervise the construction of the 65,000 square metre hospital. The project will be overseen by the municipality. A municipal delegation recently travelled to Morocco to assess the project, during which time the Casablanca neighbourhood of Anfa was chosen as the site for the new complex. The project will include several specialised units such as emergency and intensive care rooms, diabetes and cancer treatment facilities as well internal medicine, gynaecology and obstetrics.

A training centre for nurses is to be included in the hospital, as well as a central laboratory, radiation treatment facilities and a VIP clinic. During the signing yesterday, Mr Junaibi spoke of the long-standing relations between the UAE and Morocco. He said that such humanitarian projects were evidence of the UAE's policy towards the country that started during the era of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, founder of the nation, and was being continued by Sheikh Khalifa.

It is estimated that the UAE has donated US$300m in humanitarian assistance to Morocco over the years. @Email:zconstantine@thenational.ae