Inbound medical tourism to the Gulf region is set witness huge surge with the planned International Medical City (IMC) development in Salalah.
The Apex Medical Group (AMG) has concluded final stages of planning for the project with recent completion of the infrastructure planning. The developer is keen to point out benefits associated with medical tourism investment within the region. The list includes multispecialty tertiary care hospital and three medical centres of excellence for organ transplant, rehabilitation and diagnostics.
Highlighting the demand for such a project in the region, Dr Abdulla Al Joaib – president of Apex Medical Group, said: “The International Medical City in Salalah looks to provide cost-effective and reliable medical services right here in the region.
The International Medical City project business model comprises integrated units and functions. The first phase of the project – planned to be finished in 2016 – will witness completion of the Healthcare Complex. The complex boasts a 250-bed multi-specialty tertiary care hospital. This will include Organ Transplant Centre of Excellence, Diagnostic Centre of Excellence, and Rehabilitation Centre of Excellence.
The second phase of the project will witness extension of the multispecialty tertiary care hospital to 430 beds. This will also encompass a Healthcare Resort which will offer complementary and alternative Medicine. The resort will include a wellness centre, a four-star hotel connected to the hospital, a conference hall, staff accommodation, serviced apartment for patients’ families, in addition to other amenities.
The Educational Complex will be completed in the third phase, and it will encompass a medical college, a nursing college, a conference centre, and a research and development centre. The multi-specialty hospital will also be extended to 530 beds at this stage.