Muscat: The first phase of the International Medical City (IMC), the $1 billion-healthcare city planned in Salalah, will open for patients towards the end of 2016, even as the project work is going to start next year, a top official of the project told the Times of Oman yesterday.
The first phase of the medical city, the Mena region's first transplant and rehabilitation centre of excellence, is a healthcare complex, which will have a 530-bed tertiary care multi-speciality hospital and three centres of excellence, said Dr Naeema Aziz, Project director, Salalah medical city project, Apex Medical Group (AMG).
The Saudi-based Apex Medical Group and its affiliate companies are the promoters of the
The three medical centres of excellence are for organ transplant and dialysis, diagnostics and rehabilitation. The organ centre will offer transplant facility for liver, kidney and pancreas.
"We have received most of the approvals from the government," Dr Aziz noted.
Apart from the healthcare complex, the landmark project – which is coming up in an area of 87,000 square metres of land and will have three major clusters – will have a healthcare resort and an education complex to be developed in the second and third phases.
In the second phase, the IMC has plans for a healthcare resort, which will have a four-star medical hotel to cater to the needs of the patients.
In this phase, there will be staff accommodation and commercial space. In the third phase, the promoters are building an education complex, which will have a medical college, a nursing college and research and development centres.