Burjeel Medical City: Protecting your health in ‘the safest city in the world’


In the ever-evolving landscape of global healthcare, Burjeel Medical City (BMC) stands as the address of global experience, redefining standards and setting new benchmarks for quaternary care. Today, Abu Dhabi Hospital has become a pioneer in its commitment to improving healthcare provision. At Arab Health 2024, Burjeel Holdings’ flagship hospital will showcase its exceptional complex care solutions and cutting-edge technological capabilities, cementing its position as a regional healthcare leader.

Under the theme Protecting your health in the world’s safest city, BMC will highlight its dedication to international patients and medical tourism, reinforcing its role as a global destination for cutting-edge medical services.

BMC also hopes to inspire hope among cancer patients and survivors through the ‘Ring for Life’ initiative. A powerful symbol of hope for cancer patients, this initiative signals the latest advances and advanced care that are transforming the field of oncology. Renowned Arabic singer Elissa will ceremoniously ring the bell at the BMC booth, symbolizing her triumph over cancer and offering inspiration to those facing similar challenges.

A highly sought after medical center

BMC, with its comprehensive and complex care offering and technological prowess, is positioned as a regional hub for medical tourism. The hospital’s commitment to excellence, along with its dedication to providing specialized care, makes it an attractive destination for patients from around the world seeking world-class healthcare services.

At Arab Health 2024, visitors to BMC’s booth (H6E59) can look forward to learning about the latest advances in oncology treatments, specialized care for complex medical conditions and the holistic approach that sets the facility apart in the UAE’s healthcare landscape.

Providing world-class care in oncology

BMC is on its way to becoming the address for oncology excellence. Recognized as a Center of Excellence in Cancer Care, it is the first hospital in the UAE to receive accreditation from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) as an Integrated Center for Oncology and Palliative Care. The hospital’s focus on cancer care is evident through its multidisciplinary approach, including medical and surgical oncology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine.

Considered a regional center in oncology care, the quaternary care center has a team of Western board-certified specialists in medical, surgical, radiological, pediatric and gynecological oncology. Their collaborative efforts ensure personalized treatment plans, emphasizing patient-centered care. From diagnosis to prevention, treatment and palliative care, the hospital offers a comprehensive range of services. The radiation oncology unit, equipped with an Elekta Versa HD linear accelerator, is a reference site for Elekta and Novalis certified radiosurgery centers.

BMC is at the forefront of cutting-edge medical research and strives to redefine cancer care. The hospital’s experts have published 68 research articles and three books. ‘Cancer Care in the United Arab Emirates’, edited by Prof. Humaid Al Shamsi, Head of Oncology at Burjeel Holdings, to be published in February, is the latest example of the organization’s efforts to improve patient care.

Diagnostic and therapeutic innovation in oncology

In the hospital’s Department of Nuclear Medicine, the convergence of advanced technology and expert care ensures accurate diagnoses and innovative treatments. Working closely with various medical and surgical specialties, the department is expert in performing 30 types of scans and six varieties of radionuclide therapy, addressing conditions such as thyroid cancers, thyrotoxicosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Using state-of-the-art technology, the department is at the forefront of shaping the future of cancer care through clinically personalized procedures.

Nurturing the future through pediatric care

BMC’s specialized pediatric care extends to children ages 0-16, where a dedicated team of pediatricians and specialists ensures each child receives the highest level of care in a caring environment.

The hospital’s comprehensive pediatric services cover a spectrum of specialties, including general pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric intensive care, pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology, pulmonology, neurology, endocrinology, surgery, orthopedics, bone marrow transplant, oncology, hematology, rehabilitation, as well as Emergency Care and Traumatology.

In 2022, the hospital took an important step by establishing the country’s first pediatric bone marrow transplant (PBMT) center. It offers comprehensive care to patients who require hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematological conditions. Additionally, the Kypros Nicolaides Fetal Medicine and Therapy Center is at the forefront of understanding and treating prenatally diagnosed defects.

Complex surgeries and transplants

BMC offers solutions for a wide range of complex conditions by creating centers in collaboration with international partners. The hospital has been gaining popularity for its cutting-edge orthopedic services, particularly through the Paley Middle East Clinic, where the most advanced treatments are provided to improve the quality of life for people suffering from congenital, developmental and post-traumatic orthopedic conditions.

The hospital also houses the Institute of Advanced Gynecology and the IFEM Endo Middle East Clinic, specializing in comprehensive care for conditions such as endometriosis, challenging fibroids, pelvic floor repair, urogynecology, neuropelviology, etc.

The hospital recently launched the Burjeel ENT Head & Neck Institute, to provide comprehensive and advanced services in the field of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Below it, a dedicated Thyroid and Parathyroid Center offers comprehensive care for all thyroid and parathyroid disorders.

Demonstrating a strong focus on specialty care, BMC has a robust kidney and liver transplant program. The medical center is well equipped to facilitate various kidney transplant procedures, including living donor kidney transplants, minimally invasive kidney transplant services, incompatible kidney transplants, and deceased donor transplants.

Covering the entire spectrum of services, the hospital diligently oversees pre-transplant follow-up through comprehensive long-term post-surgical care. Patients who undergo these procedures experience the benefits of state-of-the-art facilities and benefit from the expertise of a highly qualified professional team.

Renowned Arabic singer Elissa will ceremoniously ring the bell at the BMC booth to launch the Ring for Life Initiative.
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Restoring lives through advanced rehabilitation

BMC’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation service goes beyond traditional approaches. With cutting-edge technologies such as Walk Bot (robot-assisted gait training system) and the PrimusRS rehabilitation system, BMC is committed to restoring lives and improving the quality of patient care.

The inclusion of innovative technologies such as the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber and IMOOVE underscores the hospital’s comprehensive rehabilitation services to ensure patients receive the most advanced and effective care.

Surgical precision and imaging excellence

BMC incorporates the Da Vinci Xi Robotic System for surgical procedures, ensuring unparalleled precision and minimal invasiveness. The 3D/4K/ICG surgical endoscope system further enhances the capabilities of the surgical team, contributing to superior patient outcomes.

The hospital’s imaging capabilities include advanced technologies such as the Philips Ingenuity TOF PET scanner, GE Discovery 860 SPECT-CT, 1.5T intraoperative iMRI, and 3T and 1.5T MRIs. The hospital is also at the forefront of cardiac imaging technology.

Expert Perspectives

Juan Sunil

“Our participation in Arab Health reflects our dedication to elevating the UAE’s position as a premier destination for international patients. By showcasing our advanced capabilities in complex care and technological innovation, we are prepared to lead transformative discussions on this global stage, underscoring our role in shaping the future of healthcare.” – John Sunil, Group CEO, Burjeel Holdings

Aysha Almahri

“At BMC, our commitment to transforming healthcare is evident in our focus on key areas such as pediatric subspecialties, kidney/liver transplantation and advanced rehabilitation. By prioritizing these critical aspects, we aim to positively impact the lives of patients not only in the UAE but also across the region. “We are dedicated to setting new standards in patient care, fostering innovation and contributing to the well-being of our communities.”

– Aysha Almahri, BMC Deputy CEO

Prof. Humaid Al Shamsi

“We are continually moving forward to improve patient outcomes through cutting-edge research and expertise. Our international accreditations and memberships exemplify our dedication to pioneering personalized oncology medicine in the UAE and the wider region.”

– Prof. Humaid Al Shamsi, Director of Oncology, Burjeel Holdings

Dr. Ibrahim Abu Gheida

“At BMC, we are at the forefront of complex care. Our state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled expertise contribute to the best possible results, making us a destination for people seeking advanced medical solutions. “Global recognition and the growing number of international patients choosing BMC showcase our capabilities to provide world-class healthcare that transcends borders.”

– Dr. Ibrahim Abu Gheida, Medical Director, BMC

Dr. Jafaru Abu

“At BMC, we are at the forefront of medical innovation, using cutting-edge technology to improve patient care. The addition of the next-generation da Vinci Xi robotic system to our arsenal exemplifies our commitment to precision and efficiency in complex medical procedures. “This advanced robotic system enables our expert surgeons to perform a spectrum of minimally invasive surgeries with great precision, spanning specialties such as urology, gynecology, colorectal, upper gastrointestinal, thoracic, bariatric, hepatobiliary and general surgery.”

– Dr Jafaru Abu, Consultant, Gynecological Oncology Surgery, BMC


“At BMC, we have become a distinguished center for cancer care, offering a comprehensive approach that extends from accurate diagnosis to organ-specific treatment planning. Our commitment to personalized, patient-centered care is exemplified in our unique breast cancer unit, staffed entirely by expert female physicians. “This unique initiative not only underscores our dedication to clinical excellence but also prioritizes the comfort and privacy of our patients.”

– Dr Nadia Abdelwahed, Specialist Medical Oncologist, BMC


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