Plans have been revealed to build two new "world class" hospitals in the UAE by 2013, including the first stroke unit in the emirates.
The new facilities, approved by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will replace the existing Mafraq and Al Ain Hospitals.
The proposals were revealed as Sheikh Khalifa was first to see the plans unveiled on Monday by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company.
Carl Stanifer, CEO of SEHA, in comments published by news agency WAM, said that the two new hospitals would provide a "dream" environment for physicians and other healthcare service.
He added: "With a combination of 1,378 new beds, these two new healthcare facilities will redefine the level of medical services in Abu Dhabi and be a benchmark in medical excellence in the region."
The new Mafraq Hospital will have 690 beds, the examination and treatment rooms will be tripled from 19 to 60 and the outpatient clinic capacity will be increased by 70 percent to 147 rooms from the current 88.
The new Al Ain Hospital will have 688 beds, of which 150 beds will be dedicated for rehabilitation. Once complete, the facility will serve as the regional Centre of excellence for rehabilitation with the first stroke unit in the UAE, and a centre of excellence in trauma, orthopedics and sports-medicine.