Medical Facilities

Private healthcare
in Ras Al Khaimah


The private RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE is opening an interventional cardiology facility with cathlab for specialist cardiac diagnosis and treatment. This follows the enhancement of a number of other specialist facilities at the hospital, such as their new advanced joint replacement programme, advanced laparoscopic surgery unit and personalised obesity management programme. Middle East Health spoke to Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of ETA Star Healthcare, about the new hospital.

RAK Hospital (RAK is short for Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate of the United Arab Emirates) was built to cater for a small, but significant demand for private, world class healthcare in the emirate. The private boutique hospital is a 50-50 joint venture between the RAK Government and ETA Star Healthcare, the healthcare arm of the India-based ETA Ascon group. It was developed at the request of Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the crown prince and deputy ruler of RAK, following the RAK government’s drive to promote RAK as an investment destination. One of the prerequisites for establishing an attractive investment arena is the provision of world class healthcare.

“When we did our market research in 2005 we found there was a large gap in the market for a private, worldclass hospital. At that point in Ras Al Khaimah there were only two government hospitals with a total of 350 beds serving 200,000 people. WHO recommends 400 beds per 100,000 people,” explained Raza Siddiqui, Executive Director of ETA Star Healthcare.

He said they worked with US-based Ellerbe Beckert, the architects who designed the Mayo Clinic in the US, to design a scalable hospital with premium patient rooms.

“From the outset the hospital was designed with Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in mind,” said Siddiqui. “It has been designed as a 60-bed hospital, which can be scaled up to 200 beds in the future. All the diagnostic facilities, such as radiology, are in place to cater to an expanded facility.

The state-of-the-art, 140,000sqft, three-storey facility was opened in November 2007.


ETA Star Healthcare looked abroad to find a partner who could ensure provision of the best patient hospitality. They turned to Sonnenhof Swiss Health, a leading healthcare group in Switzerland, which has an impeccable track record of offering exceptional patient hospitality in a boutique hospital setting.

Now fully operational, RAK Hospital, as well as following the European standard EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management), can lay exclusive claim in the region to being accredited by the prestigious JCI as well as Sonnenhof Swiss Health.

The multi-specialty hospital has three luxury suites, nine super deluxe rooms and 24 deluxe rooms. It has five operating theatres, an 8-bed ICU and a 4-bed NICU, 26 outpatient clinics and a state-ofthe- art accident and emergency service.

“We have Open MRI, a 64- slice CT scanner, 4D ultrasound, digital x-ray and a digital PACS system. We are working towards a paperless environment,” Siddiqui said.

He said the hospital sees between 300-400 outpatients a day and has about 60% inpatient utilisation.

“We have found most demand for our laparoscopic surgery services and for maternity care and paediatric medicine,” he said.

Obesity and it co-morbidities such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease are major health issues in the region, Siddiqui noted, adding that the hospital was developing a Swiss-styled health check-up programme as part of its push to promote preventive medicine.

“We will be providing complete personalised health check-ups and will then assist the person in modifying their lifestyle to improve their health,” he said.

The Swiss-style is key here. Swiss Health was rated top in the world by WHO in measures such as quality and reliability. And Switzerland also ranks near the top in terms of life expectancy, which is what all patients seek.

ate of upload: 10th Dec 2009

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