Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba Follows Progress of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Opening December 2012
Scheduled to open in December 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi reflects a spirit of cooperation and enterprise between the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America; in this case, specifically between the Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Healthcare, who agreed in 2006 to build a new hospital and clinic in Abu Dhabi. The collective endeavor expands on business and cultural partnerships that have long existed between the two governments and their peoples by sharing information and promoting health. Respected leaders, such as Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the United States, follow the progress of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi with interest because of its anticipated benefit in the delivery of medical services to the UAE and the entire Middle East region.
In 2009, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba visited the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where he toured the Miller Family Heart and Vascular Institute. While at the facility, he spoke with Emirati who were patients of the institute at the time. That trip made by Yousef Al Otaiba underscored the long-standing connection between the organization and the UAE, which appreciates the “patients first” mission statement of the American company. In an earlier venture located in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, the Emirates went so far as to invite the Cleveland Clinic to operate it.
The new, 360-bed Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi incorporates three floors of diagnostic and treatment centers, 13 floors of acute and critical care units, and five floors of clinics. In addition, the new facility includes a conference center, support and operational departments, and a state-of-the-art clinical simulation center that will be used for training. Moreover, the design of the facility utilizes innovative medical records technology that will simplify the process of maintaining and transferring records and data for local and international patients. The finest patient care and amenities complement the advanced equipment, techniques, and treatment that will be offered by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.