Egypt resorts to medical tourism

Published on : Tuesday, June 25, 2019

On June 7th, Ammar Mandour, Chairman of Badr City Development Authority explained in a press conference that the largest medical city in the Middle East and Africa is being built in Badr City. With investments worth 20 billion Egyptian pounds, Badr City is located 47 kilometers (29 miles) from Cairo on the Cairo-Suez road.

 

Mandour stated that 90% of investments were made by Egyptian companies, besides some foreign ones. This medical city is anticipated to include 13 medical institutes with a capacity of 2,000 beds, air medical services, a university hospital, natural healing gardens and a medicinal plant nursery.

 

While speaking at the same press conference, Mohammed Suleiman, secretary-general of Badr University and the medical city, observed that world’s most modern management systems would manage the city in a way to provide the best services to Egyptian and foreign patients; almost 10% of beds would be distributed for free to Egyptian citizens who cannot afford treatment somewhere else.

 

Also, Suleiman noted that the project area is 109 acres, roughly 500,000 square meters. The city will start offering medical services 30 months after construction kick starts. The entire project is anticipated to take up to five years to be completed.

 

Hassan al-Qala, chairman of Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development (CIRA), the company implementing the project, mentioned during an interview with Al-Hayah TV Network’s “Al-Hayah Al-Youm” on June 9, “Egypt’s share of medical tourism is not enough given its appropriate climate and areas with perfect characteristics for this type of tourism, in addition to medical competencies. Today, we want this project to make Egypt the No. 1 destination for medical tourism in the Middle East and Africa, especially as it pays great attention to health care.”

 

Qala further stated that the project would help the Egyptian economy through the increase in tourists, in addition to the 15,000 new jobs for doctors and medical staff. “We are currently drawing up contracts with a foreign company to take over the administration for a few years and then gradually withdraw until Egyptians start handling everything,” he added.

 

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