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International Medical City in Salalah to Boost GCC Medical Tourism

July 17, 2013

MUSCAT, Oman, July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

        - Salalah based International Medical City (IMC) marks milestone with
          completion of infrastructure planning phase
        - Developed by Apex Medical Group (AMG), a subsidiary of Al Joaib Group, in
          cooperation with Oman Government Ministries
        - Leading international investors join hands with AMG as construction of the
          project shortly to commence

Inbound medical tourism to the Gulf region is set to enjoy a huge surge in popularity
with the planned International Medical City (IMC) development in Salalah, Sultanate of
Oman. The Apex Medical Group (AMG) has concluded the final stages of planning for the
project with the recent completion of the infrastructure planning, and the developer is
keen to point out the myriad benefits associated with medical tourism investment within
the region, which will result in a multispecialty tertiary care hospital and three medical
centres of excellence for organ transplant, rehabilitation and diagnostics, operating
right at the door step of all GCC residents.

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Highlighting the demand for such a project in the region, Dr. Abdulla Al Joaib -
President of Apex Medical Group – said, “The trend towards medical tourism continues to
gain in popularity with the number of people travelling abroad for medical treatments -
especially from the Middle East – growing rapidly. The International Medical City in
Salalah aspires to provide cost effective and reliable medical services right here in the
region.

The International Medical City project business model comprises integrated units and
functions which support and complement each other. The first phase of the project -
planned to be finished in 2016 – will witness the completion of the Healthcare Complex
which consists of a 250-bed multi-specialty tertiary care hospital which includes Organ
Transplant Centre of Excellence, Diagnostic Centre of Excellence, and Rehabilitation
Centre of Excellence. Noting the increasing demand for organ transplant facilities in the
region, Dr. Abdulla Al Joaib noted, “According to official figures provided by the Saudi
Centre for Organ Transplantation, a total of 553 kidney and 115 liver transplants were
performed within Saudi Arabia in 2011, and this figure continues to grow year on year. The
need to have a centre of excellence in the region, providing multi-specialty tertiary care
and an advanced organ transplant centre is clearly demonstrated. ”

The second phase of the project will witness the extension of the multispecialty
tertiary care hospital to 430 beds, and will encompass Healthcare Resort which will offer
Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The resort will include a wellness centre, a
4-star hotel connected to the hospital, a conference hall, staff accommodation, serviced
apartment for patients’ families, in addition to other amenities. The Educational Complex
will be completed in the third phase, and it will encompass a medical college, a nursing
college, a conference centre, and a research and development centre. The multi-specialty
hospital will also be extended to 530 beds at this stage.

Highlighting the ongoing efforts by Apex Medical Group to spearhead the project, Dr.
Al Joiab said “The Master Plan of IMC has now been finalised, and investors and
contractors have shown great interest to participate in this tremendous development. Most
importantly, all the necessary licenses to begin the project have been almost completed in
coordination with the Oman Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health, whose support and
commitment shown to the IMC Salalah project has been invaluable. We have also been
receiving partnership proposals from local and international businesses, research centres
and educational institutions.”

The International Medical City will take shape east of Salalah, and the project will
become a first-class healthcare hub for both the local community and the international
health tourism market. The 866,000 square meter complex will provide much more than
traditional hospital facilities. It will house the first specialized organ transplant and
rehabilitation medical centres of excellence in the GCC region. The project will bring
tremendous benefits to patients who will be able to enjoy high quality healthcare
facilities without having to travel to far-away destinations. The International Medical
City will bring international expertise to assure world-class medical services and will
provide training and research opportunities to GCC graduates in the medical field. The
project will also contribute to the sustainable urban environment as it offers high
quality environment for residents, with the opportunity to attract and promote investment,
generate jobs and strengthen the economy.

The International Medical City in Salalah is developed by Apex Medical Group, a
subsidiary of the Dammam headquartered Al-Joaib Holdings, a highly reputable name in the
Middle East with extensive experience and an in-depth understanding of large scale
developments. Al-Joaib Holdings has diversified portfolio of businesses, extending from
the Middle East to the United States, and is the parent organization for many other group
companies with business interests in engineering, Contracting, Real Estate Development and
Hospitality.

        Contact:
        Abdullah Al-Rashdi
        Senior Account Executive
         ZEENAH PR
        T: (+968)24-693-236 - Ext. 255
        M: (+968)955-333-99
        F: (+968)24-693-606
        E: abdullah.alrashdi@zeenahpr.com
        P.O. Box 880, Muscat 130, Sultanate of Oman
        (A ZEENAH GROUP company)


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SOURCE Apex Medical Group


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