The 64,264 sq m medical centre is a 7-storey building and includes a two themed courtyard with lush green landscape gardens, water features and two landscaped terraces. The design brief calls for a landmark building with the ergonomics of a 21st century hospital – Hospital for the Future — consisting of both in-patient & out-patient services with state of the art technology and imaging equipments.

Functional content includes 125 beds for acute care, coronary care, intensive care and high dependency; day surgery and 6 new operating theatres, accident and emergency, a full range of outpatient facilities and diagnostic imaging; pediatric, obstetrics and neonatal services; rehabilitation facilities; a full range of support facilities including sterile services and catering facilities.

The AZH provides a healing environment for patients and their family by providing family-focused private suites. Other special features include two themed courtyards complete with lush green landscape gardens, water features and two landscaped roof terraces.

Public waiting areas and all physicians’ offices have natural light and views. An internal staff and service corridor links all treatment modules. All intersections are carefully designed to maximize orientation and increase operation productivity.

The AZH is currently one of the largest health-care projects in Dubai and will be a signature hospital prominent landmark in Dubai which will serve as a template for future healthcare developments.

Central to the design consideration is to address future expansion of both hospital and ambulatory services and allow maximum flexibility to respond to the rapidly changing directions in healthcare delivery in the 21st century.


Gross Floor Area

64,264 m2


Dubai, United Arab Emirates




Architecture, Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical Engineering


Gulf Medical Services

The architectural plan focuses on the experiential and psychological influences on the patient, with special emphasis on the ambulatory visit.

Public circulation is along glazed single loaded hospital street which offers views to a series of landscaped courtyards.

Modularization has been a key factor allowing flexibility, minimal disruption and cost saving during expansion.



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