Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone, today announced a partnership with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body of Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), to enable healthcare providers operating in DHCC to swiftly open branches in DSO, the integrated free zone technology park.
The agreement is in line with Dubai Government's efforts to enhance collaboration among various free zones in the emirate.
The partnership was signed by Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), and Eng. Salem Khalifa, Senior Vice-President - Company and Establishment Services at DSOA, in the presence of officials from both parties.
Under the agreement, DHCR, the independent regulator of the DHCC free zone, will be responsible for licensing DHCC-based healthcare providers who wish to expand in DSO and for licensing practitioners that meet DHCA's and DSOA's standards.
Commenting on the collaboration, Dr AlBlooshi, said, "Dubai Healthcare City Authority works closely with free zone authorities to expand the quality of healthcare offered in the Dubai Healthcare City free zone to other areas of the emirate. Our strategic partnership with Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority will provide the DSO community with the same high standard of treatment that our free zone is renowned for."
In addition, DHCR, whose outpatient quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua), will provide the necessary regulatory oversight through standards, inspections and awareness sessions to ensure continuous quality improvement and promote patient safety.
DHCR is also mandated to resolve any medical complaints cases raised against the DHCC-licensed healthcare providers that have established branches in DSO. Meanwhile, DSOA will remain the body responsible for issuing commercial licenses for any company or branch wishing to set up in DSO including DHCC-licensed healthcare facilities.
Eng. Khalifa said, "Dubai Silicon Oasis has gained its leading position as an integrated free zone technology park that allows people to live and work in a city within a city that offers a comprehensive range of facilities for local and international companies. This includes a wide variety of modern offices, manufacturing units, residential and commercial buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, healthcare centres, shopping centres, and restaurants – all interconnected through a state-of-the-art technology infrastructure."
He added: "Our partnership with Dubai Healthcare City Authority supports our efforts to shape Dubai Silicon Oasis into an ideal destination to live and work. This is in line with the DSOA 2021 Strategy that is built on four main pillars: a smart city, an advanced technology hub, happiest people, and a desirable society."