Dubai, February 15, 2017. Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone, today received the Brazilian Minister of Health, His Excellency Ricardo Barros to discuss means of cooperation and future opportunities.

The delegation headed by HE Barros was welcomed by the DHCA leadership team comprising Khalid Ahmed Al Sheikh Al Shamsi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority; Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory; Dr Amer Al Zarouni, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Medical; Bader Saeed Hareb, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Investments; and Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Dean of the College of Medicine at Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

During the visit, the DHCA leadership team provided an overview of the free zone’s achievements and the two parties exchanged their expertise within the healthcare industry.

As part of DHCC’s commitment to provide quality healthcare services in all specialities and provide world class healthcare, DHCA’s regulatory body, currently recognizes qualifications from Brazil, one of the 78 countries in its professional licensing framework. To be licensed in the free zone as a specialist, a healthcare professional from Brazil has to be registered as a specialist by Brazilian Regional or Federal Medical Councils, and hold a specialty training certificate from the Brazilian Medical Association or Brazilian College of Surgeons.

During the visit, the DHCA leadership team accompanied HE Barros on a tour of the MBRU, including the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Centre, the first comprehensive simulation training facility of its kind in the region.


Photo Caption:  During the visit of the Brazilian delegation, led by the country’s Minister of Health, His Excellency Ricardo Barros, to Dubai Healthcare City Authority.



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About Dubai Healthcare City Authority

Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone, was established in May 2011 by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to position the free zone as a preferred and prosperous global health and wellness destination.

HH Sheikh Mohammed appointed HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein as the Chairperson of DHCA and appointed a Board of Directors to create a health and wellness ecosystem, driving excellence in medical, wellness, education and research.

DHCA operates through an independent regulatory arm, ‘Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory’, or DHCR, which regulates the free zone, and reports directly to the DHCA Board. DHCR is responsible for ensuring compliance and enforcement of international quality standards for clinical and non-clinical facilities within DHCC.

DHCR is also responsible for the licensure of all healthcare professionals, educators and operators, as well as setting and maintaining international best practices in delivering healthcare within the free zone.

In December 2016, DHCA streamlined operations to steer the free zone’s progress through three verticals – Dubai Healthcare City Investments (DHCI), Dubai Healthcare City Education and Research (DHCE & R) and Dubai Healthcare City Medical (DHCM). 

DHCI focuses on developing a health and wellness destination, attracting investment, and creating exceptional customer experiences for patients, residents, visitors and members of the free zone community. DHCI also strengthens the free zone’s medical and wellness tourism portfolios.

DHCE & R spearheads education and research, overseeing the development of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and Al Jalila Foundation Research Center.

DHCM oversees the medical facilities under DHCA including Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, Dubai Dental Clinic, Dubai Bone and Joint Center and the upcoming Mohammed Bin Rashid University Hospital.

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