A healthy population, supported by a world-class healthcare system, is one of the foundations of the Abu Dhabi Government’s vision for a prosperous society.
To support this vision, Mubadala has developed a network of seven world-class healthcare providers to meet the specific health needs of the expanding Abu Dhabi population. In particular, we are focusing on specialized areas where patients have traditionally travelled abroad for complex care and treatment.
By partnering with renowned international medical institutions such as Imperial College London and Cleveland Clinic, we have brought the highest clinical expertise to Abu Dhabi and adapted it for local needs.
As well as delivering essential healthcare services to Abu Dhabi, we are also acting as a catalyst for the wider development of the healthcare sector in the emirate as well as providing opportunities for the next generation of Emirati healthcare professionals.
87% of the medical needs of the general population can be cared for within the Mubadala Healthcare network, and that is a tremendous stride that Abu Dhabi should be proud of.
Dr. Farhana Bin Lootah
Internal Medicine Specialist,
Imperial College London Diabetes Centre
The challenges of living a healthy lifestyle are many, on both individual and community levels. Keeping in mind that most people are a result of their environment, changing the environment is what nudges them to change. This is a fast-paced world we live in. Attention spans are short. To me, it’s imperative to engage, involve, attract, remind and encourage.
Dr. Farhana Bin Lootah’s enthusiasm for promoting community health grew from her early career experience. She started her career in the Republic of Ireland, working in ambulatory health services, where she developed a keen interest in elder care, diabetes, obesity, disease prevention and public health awareness.
Through her work at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Dr. Bin Lootah has taken a leading role in the Centre's award-winning public health awareness campaign, Diabetes.Knowledge.Action. The Imperial College London Diabetes Centre in Abu Dhabi was Mubadala’s first healthcare offering, established in 2006 to provide world-class treatment aimed at preventing, managing and even reversing diabetes.
Dr. Bin Loota’s knowledge of diabetes management and her active participation in community outreach program promoting a healthy lifestyle have benefitted thousands of patients, raising public awareness about diabetes prevention and supporting Mubadala’s efforts to meet the specific healthcare needs of the Abu Dhabi population.
“For over a decade, our partnership with Mubadala has allowed us to bring our best-in-class diabetes care and research legacy and expertise to the region. Through ongoing collaboration with us, Mubadala has developed a world-class diabetes treatment, education, research and public health awareness program, across two Imperial College London Diabetes Centre locations in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. We look forward to continuing to work with such a forward-looking partner in tackling diabetes in Abu Dhabi, the UAE and the wider region.”
Dr. Sameera Al Obaidli
Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre
I felt strongly that I wanted to return to my native country to finish my training and advance my career in medicine. The UAE’s healthcare needs are complex and multi-faceted, and through Mubadala’s healthcare offerings I feel that we’re playing an important role in addressing these needs.
A homegrown talent, Dr. Sameera Al Obaidli completed her medical training through a number of rotations at Al Mafraq, Corniche, Al Jazeera and Central Hospitals in Abu Dhabi. It was important for her to return to the UAE after earning her degree in Medicine & Surgery from Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania.
After building extensive experience in Family, Internal and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Al Obaidli was the ideal candidate to lead Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre’s experienced clinical team as Lead Physician in 2015.
“Abu Dhabi Telemedicine Centre was established to increase access to medical care, 24/7 – particularly for non-emergency cases that may not necessitate in-person consultations –ensuring that patients can rest and recover, rather than organizing trips to hospitals or clinics,” says Dr. Al Obaidli. She is responsible for leading the full team of nurses and physicians on-site and works closely with the Centre’s medical team to provide high quality medical consultations and compassionate patient care over the phone.
"Through our joint venture with Mubadala, we have together been able to provide telemedicine services to the Emirati population of Abu Dhabi, widening access to 24/7, best in class, non-emergency healthcare to those who may have found it harder to reach such services in the past, such as parents with young children, those working long hours or those living in rural areas such as the Western Region."
Marwa Al Hosani
My job is not only about relieving pain, it's also about rehabilitating people so they can return to their jobs, play their favorite sports and go about their daily activities pain-free.
As the first Emirati physiotherapist at Healthpoint’s dedicated, women’s-only physiotherapy center, Marwa Al Hosani takes great pride in helping her patients.
"It's so fulfilling to be told, 'Thank you, I feel a lot better now’”, says Al Hosani.
Though she started college with the intention to major in medicine, Al Hosani realized the great potential of physiotherapy as a relatively new field in the UAE, and she graduated from Sharjah University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy in 2013.
Al Hosani has worked within Mubadala's healthcare network since 2012, first at Abu Dhabi Knee & Sports Medicine Centre and later at Healthpoint. She credits the expert mentorship of the hospital’s Medical Director, Dr. Nader Darwich, and its Head of Physiotherapy - Orthopedics, Azzam Kamal, for helping accelerate her professional development.
“Being surrounded by world-class experts in my field has allowed me to advance my career and achieve my dream of being the first female Emirati physiotherapist to specialize in sports injury here in Abu Dhabi," explains Al Hosani.
“It’s very rewarding to practice at home in the UAE, and to have the opportunity to shape a culturally-sensitive approach to care based on my own experiences as an Emirati woman.”
“As our Regional Healthcare Partner in the GCC, Healthpoint is delivering the highest standards of clinical and technologically advanced medical care and is developing a center of excellence in sports medicine to address the need for world-class orthopedic, spine and sports medicine care in the UAE. The opportunity for our sports medicine professionals to share knowledge and collaborate is invaluable for both our organizations.”Omar Berrada – Manchester City Football Club Marketing Commercial Director
PT, DPT, Manager, Inpatient Therapies & Rehabilitation
Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi
Physical therapists are the experts in helping patients overcome their functional mobility challenges, which is essential to a good quality of life.
“Rehabilitation services—especially physical therapy—are a key part of many patients’ treatment and recovery plans, and healthcare practitioners around the world recognize that,” says Dr. Ahmed Bashkeel, Manager of Inpatient Therapies and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.
Overseeing all inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy services at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Bashkeel guides a team of highly skilled therapists specializing in neurological, cardiovascular, and medical spine rehabilitation. He is recognized for his dedication to promoting international best practice standards in the field of Physical Therapy in the UAE.
Believing that education is a fundamental catalyst of change and growth, he has also taken part in several community outreach and academic programs, with the ultimate goal of changing the perception of physical therapy and rehabilitation and nurturing aspiring homegrown talent in the field.
Dr. Bashkeel holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Southern California, the top-ranked physical therapy school in the United States, and is the first Emirati to do so. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Emirates Physiotherapy Society.
“We are proud and honored that Mubadala chose us to replicate US-based Cleveland Clinic’s patient-centric, physician-led model of care in Abu Dhabi through the establishment of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Enabled by Mubadala’s commitment and vision, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is now delivering complex and critical care for patients across more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.”
“LabCorp is dedicated to advancing healthcare and improving lives, so we were delighted to partner with a company that shares that commitment. Mubadala wisely recognized the value of a complete range of clinical laboratory and medical diagnostic services to support the development of healthcare services in the UAE and approached us to establish its internationally accredited National Reference Laboratory. Our ongoing collaboration ensures that physicians and patients in the UAE and broader region have access to the benefit of world-class laboratory diagnostics.”