Abu Dhabi-based Ahlia Group will build a $100m, 120-bed hospital in Sharjah Healthcare City, the Sharjah Healthcare City Authority (SHCC) announced on Wednesday.
The multi-specialty hospital will be spread across 50,000m2of space and will be the first hospital to be built within the healthcare city, the authority revealed at a press event.
The announcement follows an earlier memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed between Ahalia Group and SHCC.
The site is now expected to double to 4.8 million square metres from the previous 2.4 million square metres originally planned to accommodate several global hospitals and other related organisations.
The construction of the healthcare city is expected to be completed in several phases and scheduled to begin after the summer. The clinical building and healthcare offices will be built over 10,000 square metres.
As part of the updated plan, construction will also include a medical logistics zone.
HE Abdulla Ali Al Mahyan, chairman of Sharjah Health Authority and SHCC, said: "We are delighted to open doors to Ahalia Group and we are proud of the fact, that the brand has originated out of the the UAE.
“Futhermore, I am happy to announce that the Sharjah Healthcare City plans have nearly doubled, ensuring that we are able to provide people with the best possible medical treatment that technology has to offer.
"Coinciding with our vision to ensure that every resident of this Emirate and the nation has access to immediate and reliable healthcare solutions.
“The extended healthcare city will now provide state-of-the-art medical services to rival those found anywhere in the world and position the Emirate as one of the top medical tourism destinations."