Psomas recently completed the masterplan of a $1 billion medical city in Oman, on the Arabian Sea, called International Medical City (IMC). This milestone triggered several news items published on various middle east business news resources, including this one on TradeArabia.com.
Psomas Vice President Ross Barker explains that “Psomas provided strategic planning and infrastructure design to refine the International Medical City concept plans into a comprehensive technical master plan that integrated the building program with infrastructure, site drainage and environmental constraints. Psomas is pleased to play a role in the development of this strategic project and looks forward to a long term relationship with IMC.”
As explained in this article, the IMC is a:
…multi-phased development aimed at filling a healthcare gap in the region by offering expert services that patients from the GCC usually have to travel as far as Europe and the US to [receive]…The design plans have been submitted to Oman governmental authorities for final approval. [The developer] is in discussions with international and local contractors for the first phase of construction.
The development will include: The region’s first multispecialty transplant centre; a 250-bed tertiary care multispecialty hospital; a high-tech diagnostic centre; a healthcare resort; a wellness centre; a luxury hotel; medical and nursing colleges; and a purpose-built research and development centre complex.
The project is being developed by the Apex Medical Group (AMG), a part of the Saudi-based Al Joaib Holding. Dr Abdullah Al Joaib, Apex Medical Group President, said: “Building on the rising trend of medical and health tourism, the International Medical City will be developed in a serene setting on the coast, just east of Salalah, where patients and their families may stay in an environment that is supportive and culturally aware of their individual lifestyles.
“Site layout and land uses have been carefully placed to provide synergy and promote interaction between related activities. IMC Masterplan design was performed with a careful look into sustainability of the project and with adherence to environmental regulations,” he said.