Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi opened in 2015. The world-class facility has a wide range of specialties including innovative medical, surgical services, and institutes that are focused on neurology, heart and vascular, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, and respiratory services. The goal of the facility is to improve the quality of patient care in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East. The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has critical care and intensive care units and an emergency room that’s state-of-the-art. The facility was recently awarded the ‘Gold Seal of Approval’ by the Joint Commission International.

The facility brings some of the best physicians in the world to the UAE. It also provides training for the region’s medical professionals. The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has a Multidisciplinary Simulation Center designed to be a regional development source providing Emirati medical professionals the opportunity to train alongside some of the leading medical experts in the world using the latest equipment. The facility is a partnership with the Cleveland Clinic and investment and development company Mubadala, owned by the Abu Dhabi Government.

The partnership is a shared vision for improving public health globally and giving patients worldwide access to the best care possible. The United Arab Emirates has partnered with other top US institutions along with the Cleveland Clinic to improve the health care services and manage facilities nationwide. The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has only been operating for 18 months, yet it’s already received accreditation and the Gold Seal of Approval, a symbol quality reflecting a commitment by an organization to provide patient care that’s safe and effective.

Experts anticipate the UAE Healthcare Sector reaching about US$19.5 billion by 2020 driven by the growing healthcare expenditures addressing rising rates of non-communicable diseases as well as the government’s focus on patient safety at the nation’s healthcare institutions. Being accredited by JCI and other recognized international institutions is vital to the drive for improvements in quality, compliance, and cost-effectiveness throughout the healthcare system.

The accreditation process is based on creating evidence-based standardized measures and methods designed to reduce adverse events and identify errors which occur in hospitals. Such accreditation is now a priority in worldwide healthcare hubs and it is becoming mandatory in many countries. The UAE, the world’s leader in the number of accredited healthcare organizations, will only allow accredited providers to operate in the country by 2020.