Wednesday, March 10, 2010

International Healthcare

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, designed by U.S. firm by HDR architects, will be an anchor project for Sowwah Island, the new central business district of Abu Dhabi when it opens in 2012.

For my latest article in Architect magazine, I take a look at the typology of international healthcare and the burst of new buildings going up in the Middle East. Take a look...

In the 1970s, when the king of Saudi Arabia needed a heart operation, he did what Middle East royals had been doing for decades: He traveled to the United States. After his successful procedure at the Cleveland Clinic, more wealthy patients from the region followed, culminating in thousands receiving care at the hospital. But starting in 2012, these patients will no longer have to pull out a passport to get Western medical treatment. The Cleveland Clinic joins other major U.S. institutions, such as Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic, in bringing its brand of medicine to the Middle East. When it opens in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be a multi-specialty hospital on a par, its owners hope, with the world’s top medical institutions.