First green medical centre opens in Dubai
Dubai, April 10, 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.
Located in Jafza South, the centre was inaugurated by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai World.
Salma Hareb, CEO of Economic Zones World and Jafza, said: “This centre is in tune with the directive of 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, CEO of MedHealth Medical Centre said: “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 per cent, however he anticipated to recover it 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 medical centre, a joint partnership between MedHealth and Belhoul Life Care, will save more than 50 per cent 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. – TradeArabia News Service