Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ahmed bin Saeed opens first green medical center in Dubai

Ahmed bin Saeed opens first green medical center in Dubai

Pioneering center based in Jafza will motivate more medical institutions to go green

Dubai, UAE, 10th April 2013: HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai World, inaugurated today (Wednesday, 10th April, 2013) MedHealth Medical Centre, the first green building amongst hospitals and medical centers in Dubai as well as the first LEED certified Gold Rated Green Building in the Emirate.

The inauguration was attended by HE Salma Hareb, CEO of Economic Zones World and Jafza and officials from Jafza and Dubai Ports World, Tarakhees, EHS and The Fire Department.

Located in Jafza South, this joint partnership between MedHealth & Belhoul Life Care is the first medical centre to implement the vision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, for green buildings in Dubai.

HE Salma Hareb said: “This centre is in tune with the directive of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued in 2008 on the implementation of green building specifications and standards in the emirate of Dubai. It is a matter of pride that this world-class green building is located in Jafza and we are optimistic about its role especially since this is the first phase of a world-class Hospital.”

Ahmed A. Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, MedHealth Medical Centre said: “We thank HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed for inaugurating this facility that is blazing a new trail in green building technology. We regard this medical center a part of Dubai’s relentless efforts to emerge as a city that adopts stringent measures when it comes to sustainability. We think this centre will open the doors wide for more hospitals and medical centers to go green.”
Hussain added: “I am proud to announce that we are the first Medical Centre to implement His Highness’s directive, thus contributing to the relentless efforts to turn Dubai into a health-oriented city driven by global best practices and benchmarks of pollution-free sustainable development.”

Hussain thanked the Middle East Centre for Sustainable Development for their assistance in creating this Medical Centre, the first LEED certified Gold Rated Green Building in Dubai and one of the pioneering centres in the region.

On the extra cost of adopt green criteria, Hussain added that the additional cost was more than 30 percent, however he anticipated to recoverit from the conservation of the energy in the long run.

Hareb added that opening up this medical center in Jafza was a clear evidence of the rapidly increasing role of Jafza and its firm commitment to provide integrated world class services to companies that operate from here to serve the entire region.”

The new center will save more than 50 percent of normal consumption of water in ordinary buildings through innovative technologies of collecting air conditioning water as well as rainwater and the use of recycled water for irrigation. Also, the taps at the center save water from loss as well as the building itself will diminish CO2 emission remarkably due to installing special chilling systems in place.

The new building is “green” since the first days of shoring to construction and finishing which includes a smoking free environment as well as a filtration of any pollution of air entering the building. The glass used guarantees suitable temperature and reduces the usage of lighting.

This centre is approved by Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services to conduct First Aid Training and accredited by UK’s First Aid International. The center offers a wide range of healthcare services, including a round the clock pharmacy at the main entrance and a VIP clinic as well as physiotherapy department, digital x-ray, dental panoramic x-ray, 4D colour ultrasound and full laboratory services.

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