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Posted : 2014-08-17 18:26
Updated : 2014-08-17 19:27

SNU Hospital to manage medical center in UAE

Oh Byung-hee, left, president and CEO of Seoul National University (SNU) Hospital, and Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, deputy minister of presidential affairs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), shake hands after signing a contact in Abu Dhabi, Wednesday. / Courtesy of SNU Hospital

By Jung Min-ho


Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) has signed a contract to manage a medical center in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Oh Byung-hee, president and CEO of SNUH, and Ahmed Juma Al Zaabi, deputy minister of presidential affairs in the UAE, agreed that the hospital will manage the Sheikh Khalifa Specialist Hospital in Ras al-Khaimah for the next five years.

This means that SNUH will manage a budget of 1 trillion won ($987 million) for the sizable medical institution, which covers 65,000 square meters and has 248 beds.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare said in a statement Wednesday that it will continue to support Korean hospitals' overseas expansion.

The Korean hospital's first service contract with a general hospital abroad is surely a milestone especially after beating world-renowned institutions such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and Stanford University Medical Center during the bidding process.

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