Healthcare Industry Update Q4 2015

Healthcare Industry Update Q4 2015

Healthcare is one of the rising priorities on many government agendas in the GCC with growing incomes, rising life expectancies and increase of new illnesses providing reasons to invest in large and ambitious medical infrastructure projects.

Rising priorities have been met with insufficient infrastructure, necessitating a build of more than 10 healthcare facilities across the region.

Such investment in the healthcare industry is evident in places like Saudi Arabia, where overall, the health ministry is planning to raise hospital capacity from 38,000 to 68,000 beds in five years.

The UAE’s budget has predicted the emirate to increase overall spending to its healthcare industry to $19.6 billion, a 6.9 per cent overall increase from its current position.

One of the main areas of concern for national employment statistics and organisations is the heavy reliance on expatriate workforce to meet the demand of an improved healthcare system.

If you are an expat looking for work abroad in the healthcare department, private healthcare may be the way forward, with an increased focus deployed in this sector due to the continued shortage of healthcare professionals according to Deloitte’s 2015 Healthcare report.

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The increase in privatised healthcare is likely to see the UAE healthcare industry as one of the fastest growing industries in the country and region. In a survey conducted by a UAE-based job listing website, it was found that six in 10 healthcare companies (63 per cent) in the UAE are keen on hiring additional medical staff in the next three months to meet the growing demand for healthcare services.

Another reason behind the huge growth is the increasing number of diseases associated with the current lifestyle and medical tourism in the region according to BMI.

These are all reasons why it is a prosperous industry to relocate for if you are an expatriate healthcare worker looking for a change.


Some key projects are currently being built and upon completion will be looking to fill the vacancies that they have. Take a look at some of the key projects around the region to get in touch with the company in charge of hiring closer to the completion time:

Saudi Arabia

King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, Security Forces Medical Complexes

KSA’s largest medical project, and also the largest medical project in the GCC, is the estimated $6.7bn. Two separate medical cities for security forces that are being developed in Riyadh and Jeddah on behalf of the Kingdom’s Interior Ministry.

King Abdullah Medical City, Makkah, KSA

The design phase project will cover an area of 350 hectares and cost an estimated $1.2bn. The capacity of the primary five-story hospital building will be 1,500 beds, of which 500 beds have been allotted for specialist referrals. 


Rashid Hospital, Dubai

A $817m master plan for the revamp of Dubai’s Rashid Hospital, which will include six new specialised health centres, a four-star and a five-star hotel, and villas and flats for more than 5,400 staff and their families.

Cleveland Clinic, Al-Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

The project comprises a multi-specialty academic medical centre across 409,234 sqm of vertical floor space including five clinical floors, three diagnostic and treatment levels, 13 floors of inpatient units with a total of 364 beds, and parking for 3,100 vehicles. Cleveland Clinic will run the hospital with an initial 364-bed capacity.


Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Doha

The primary infrastructure of the38-hectare development. The $2.4bn hospital includes a nine-storey hospital with 512 beds, a seven-storey clinic, accommodation for 350 nurses and a parking facility to cater for 2,000 vehicles. 


International Medical City, Salalah

Oman’s grand design for a $1bn ‘International Medical City’ in Salalah is in the early stage of development with a completion date of 2017. Its 870,000 sqm waterfront plot overlooking the Arabian Sea was allocated by the Ministry of Tourism, while the Ministry of Health is also a project partner.

doctor, patient, healthcareJob Outlook

A total of 25 Nurse positions were recently advertised at the time of publication with the UAE advertising 9 of them, Qatar 8 and Saudi Arabia 5. Most of the nursing positions required a minimum of 5-10 years experience with the advertisements looking for more specialised and senior staff nurses.

9 physician jobs were available with the majority of the vacancies found in Qatar and remaining vacancies in KSA and UAE.

Overall, there were 249 jobs relevant to healthcare and 440 jobs relating to medical (including salespeople) so there are certainly no shortage of opportunities in the region.

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