Dubai Development Authority partners with Dubai Healthcare City Authority to provide world-class healthcare services across its creative clusters
May 24th, 2017
In line with its commitment to strengthen the innovation and leadership economy
Dubai Development Authority (DDA), the regulatory, policy-setting and knowledge-sharing body overseeing the development of Dubai’s creative economy, has signed a partnership agreement with Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), to provide world-class healthcare facilities across the ten free zones under its jurisdiction.
Signed by His Excellency Ahmad bin Byat, Director General of Dubai Development Authority, and Her Excellency Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Vice-Chairperson and Group CEO, Dubai Healthcare City, the world’s largest healthcare free zone, the agreement aims to define cooperation mechanisms between the two parties to enable healthcare facilities licensed by DHCC to swiftly set up branches in the Authority’s clusters.
Commenting on the agreement, His Excellency Ahmad bin Byat said: “Healthcare facilities are essential for enabling creative communities to live, work and do business effectively. This agreement supports our commitment to the well-being of the creative professionals living and working in our free zone by allowing for the tailored, rapid and flexible set up of medical facilities within each community. In the near term, the development of world-class healthcare infrastructure would significantly boost economic activity and employment”.
Bin Byat added: “This is also in line with the 'Dubai Future Accelerators' initiative that was launched under the directives of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to enhance the UAE's global position in exploring and creating the future, especially in the most vital sectors of the government's agenda, such as the healthcare.”
The agreement is in line with the Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to promote Dubai as the leading place to live and work, by improving residents’ quality of life. It also articulates DCCA’s commitment to strengthen Dubai’s creative economy and promote its position as an innovative hub – both regional and internationally.
Her Excellency Dr Al Gurg said: “The Dubai Plan 2021 has put great emphasis on healthcare as it seeks to create a ‘City of Happy, Creative and Empowered People’ whose residents are educated cultured and healthy. In this context, we at DHCA are constantly working to develop policies and establish partnerships that drive the progress of our world-class healthcare system which meet the changing demand of the UAE population. This partnership will give us the opportunity to extend our renowned healthcare standards to DCCA’s communities, thus empowering them to take proactive measures to manage their health and enhance their skills and ability to contribute to the economy and society of Dubai.”
“This agreement will also enhance the global competitiveness of Dubai, as a business hub, by facilitating the process for the healthcare free zone’s investors to setup branches in other parts of Dubai,” added HE Dr Al Gurg.
In line with the Dubai Plan 2021, the agreement supports the provision of basic needs to each of the emirate’s socio-economic population segments. Additionally, the move will encourage populations within Dubai Development Authority’s communities to take proactive measures to manage their own wellbeing and pursue healthier lifestyles. Encompassing 10 clusters across the emirate, Dubai Development Authority is the primary engine that drives Dubai’s ICT, Outsourcing, Media & Entertainment, Human Capital Development, Higher Education, Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, and Design industries.