UAE's 'Pearl of Emirates' hospital to include hotel and spa
HKS have revealed the design for a groundbreaking hospital in Abu Dhabi which will also provide a hotel and spa. United Eastern Medical Services (UEM) selected HKS, Inc. to provide architectural services for its new state-of-the-art 160-bed women’s and children’s hospital, Um Danat Al-Emarat, “Pearl of Emirates.” Um Danat Al-Emarat will be the flagship hospital in UEM’s national health system and they hope a landmark for architecture and healthcare. The project is a tribute to Her Highness Shaikha Fatima, the Mother of Emirates and as such UEM pledge that no resource will be spared to provide the best healthcare services for the women and children of the UAE.
This includes 'Premium hotel-like services and amenities' including a spa and 'a selection of culinary experiences at a number of food and beverage outlets'.
Steve Jacobson, HKS senior vice president, said, “Creative collaboration over the years has allowed our healthcare team to adopt progressive concepts from hotels, resorts, retailers, and sports venues as they are very attuned to positive distractions, comfort, wayfinding, and an overall positive experience. We believe that a successful hospital blurs the lines between healthcare and hospitality design.”
Mohammed Ali Al Shorafa, managing director and CEO of UEM advised that HKS would provide programming, planning and concept design for the hospital which will be the first 'all-digital' hospital in Abu Dhabi.
As well as surgical, medical and emergency services the 21-storey hospital will provide maternity services, an advanced imaging and diagnostics center and a wellness institute that integrates medical sciences with fitness and education programs.
Jacobson continued, “Caring for patients involves more than treating their physical ailments. It also means addressing their emotional and spiritual needs by providing spaces that offer respite and restore a sense of wholeness...In the Um Al-Emarat project we are creating a warm, welcoming healing environment that will focus on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.”
The Um Danat Al-Emarat women’s and children’s hospital project is scheduled for completion in 2011.