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First comprehensive cancer hospital in Dubai to host specialized multidisciplinary care

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First comprehensive cancer hospital in Dubai to host specialized multidisciplinary care

The 603,000-sf Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital will feature 19 gardens throughout the campus, creating a healing space for patients and families. 

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor  | March 15, 2024
Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai, design by Stantec
Rendering courtesy Stantec

Stantec was selected to lead the design team for the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai’s first integrated, comprehensive cancer hospital. Named in honor of the late Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the hospital is scheduled to open to patients in 2026.

The 603,000-sf facility will house 50 clinics, 30 clinical trial areas, 60 infusion rooms, 10 urgent care rooms, 5 radiotherapy rooms, and 116 inpatient beds to meet current and future levels of demand. The fundraising goal for the project is nearly $330 million.

Featuring 19 gardens, green space will be placed throughout the hospital campus, creating a healing space for patients and their families. The hospital will follow a transformative shift in care delivery, moving from a traditional inpatient care model to an ambulatory model. This includes integrating primary care with diagnosis and treatment to offer detection and intervention at earlier stages of the patient’s journey.

As part of Dubai Health, the first integrated academic health system in Dubai, the comprehensive cancer hospital will benefit from a multidisciplinary team, including specialized nursing, offering patients a full spectrum of care from early diagnosis to treatment and supportive care. Select treatments and services will be made available to patients in the comfort of their homes, ensuring an easy and accessible continuum of care.  

Research and clinical trials will be at the heart of the hospital, fostering opportunities for discovering the best patient outcomes through personalized, patient-centric, evidence-based care.

“Our design draws inspiration from the Ghaf tree, the UAE’s national tree and a symbol of life, peace, and tolerance,” said David Martin, global design director for Stantec. “The tree often possesses a twisted geometry, reflected in how the new cancer hospital is composed—lower and raised blocks, gently twisted, and including a large court as a center of gravity and focal point. A small grove of Ghaf trees in the square will provide a memorable sense of place and symbolize the rich contribution Hamdan Bin Rashid has made to the health of the community.”

The new hospital will draw in natural daylight while integrating direct contact with nature. The hospital and future phased campus development are centered around promoting the new Hamdan Bin Rashid Square as the heart of a new mini campus, which reduces the institutional feel and destigmatizes the patient experience.

Owner and/or developer: Dubai Health 
Design architect: Stantec 
Architect of record: POE 
MEP engineer: Stantec 
Structural engineer: Stantec 
General contractor/construction manager: TBD

Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai, design by Stantec
Rendering courtesy Stantec
Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai, design by Stantec
Rendering courtesy Stantec
Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Hospital, Dubai, design by Stantec
Rendering courtesy Stantec

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