The picturesque design for this military hospital was inspired by the canyons—wadis in Arabic—that meander informally through the lowlands of the regional landscape. The dry wadis’ dramatic rock formations, which are transformed and eroded over time by mountain floods, display the effects of one of nature’s most powerful and life-giving forces: water.
The ten-story, 1.2-million-square-foot military hospital located at Zayed Military City serves as the military’s premier hospital, with centres of excellence in cardiology, trauma and burn care. The facility includes all medical and surgical sub-specialties as well as a nursing and physician teaching facility with 260 patient beds and the capability to double capacity during national emergencies. The design incorporates the latest in international healthcare design and evidence-based design practices that improve patient outcomes, satisfaction and staff efficiency. Additionally, the hospital meets the Estidama 2-Pearl rating and takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability by recognizing energy efficiency, minimizing site disturbance, efficiently using material resources, providing a healthy indoor environment and reducing water and energy consumption.