Where the Frankincense Grows, a World-Class Medical Center Emerges
Salalah. This city on Oman’s southern coast has an almost legendary reputation. It is one of the only places on the Arabian Peninsula that goes from dry and dusty to cool and verdant green, with flowing streams, during the summer. It’s also home to ancient gnarled frankincense trees, which still produce the fragrant incense so prized across the ancient (and modern) world.
As such, it is the most natural of places for a $1-billion, world-class medical complex featuring a 530-bed tertiary care multispecialty hospital that will draw on medical tourism as an important source of patients, and renewable energy as a source of power.
International Medical City, as the complex is called, also will feature a transplant and dialysis center of excellence, a rehabilitation center, and a diagnostic center of excellence. Other facilities will include a trauma and emergency unit, ambulance services, an intensive care unit, blood bank, pharmacy, Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) and Organ Transplant Donor Registry (OTDR). It also will include a 4-star hotel.
GE will support the project in a number of ways, having recently signed a strategic agreement with Oman’s Apex Medical Group (AMG), a subsidiary of Al Joaib Group, the development company and promoter of International Medical City. GE and AMG will jointly explore development opportunities in healthcare, energy, water, and home and business solutions within the landmark project.
The complex is set to establish Oman as a technology and innovation hub in the healthcare sector.
GE, which has been operating in Oman since 1975, will provide cutting-edge technology as well as develop innovative products during the design and construction period to further enhance operational efficiencies. As part of the agreement, AMG will also explore GE’s technologies in organ transplant, life sciences and diagnosis for developing the tertiary care hospital, and exchange of best practices in hospital design for all its centers of excellence, by drawing on GE’s healthymagination initiative that seeks to provide advanced medical care at lower costs to more people.