Bahrain plans new medical city mega project funded by US$ 266.3 mn Saudi grant
Posted on 5th December 2014
A multimillion dinar medical city is set to be built in Bahrain’s Southern Governorate.
The King Abdullah Medical City project, paid for through a SR1 billion (US$ 266.3 million) grant from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, will be built on a one million square metre plot of land that His Majesty King Hamad has donated for the purpose, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN).
It will be run by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), whose president Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohali signed an agreement with Saud Consultant president Faisal bin Tariq Al Shawaf yesterday (December 4) for its design.
“We give our sincere thanks to King Abdullah, who directed the building of this city,” said Dr Al Ohali.
“King Abdullah said that the money was a present from Saudi people to Bahrain, to help serve and support the GCC. We also thank King Hamad for donating the land.
“There are several important directives by King Abdullah for this project, which include supporting the GCC and having the project be a joint Gulf educational project - working as a microcosm of the GCC in order to meet the needs of the community, take care of the humanitarian aspects and promote the well-being of citizens.
“Secondly, the city should focus on the importance of education and supporting it, as well as teachers and students. The city will have 264 beds, four centres of excellence and research, a college of medicine and student dorms, as well as accommodation for doctors.”
In preparation for the opening of the medical city, AGU established a medical centre near Salmaniya Medical Complex, which consists of 51 clinics, two operating rooms and international-standard laboratories.
The agreement for the city's design was signed in the presence of Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi and Saudi Ambassador Abdullah bin Abdulmalik Al Shaikh.
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