The Iilia foundation has raised $50.5 million from investors to build a medical center in the United Arab Emirates.
The project will create a hospital and research center that will help researchers develop treatments for various ailments.
The $100 million facility will serve the UAE’s largest population and the UAE has been struggling with the Zika virus outbreak.
The hospital will include 10-bed units for research and treatment, as well as outpatient services, a maternity care center, and a primary care unit.
The UAE government is also expected to invest $2 billion in a new $10 billion hospital.
Ilia Foundation’s plans include providing research and medical education in the UAE, with the aim of making the country a world leader in medical technology.
Ilia hopes to open its first medical center by 2021, the foundation said.
Alpha Foundation’s medical center, known as Iilia, is expected to be the first of its kind in the Middle East.
The Ilia Foundation will build the facility in the Emirate, according to the announcement.
The project is part of the larger global effort by the Ilia foundation to establish itself as an innovator in medical research.
Founder, Alain Garey, said in a statement the Iilia project will be “the first of a series of high-tech medical centers to be developed in the world’s largest Arab state, and the first in the region in the last 50 years.”
“The Iilia family is proud to build this first medical campus in a region that has been plagued by severe, endemic health conditions, and to build on the foundation of our research and development,” GareY said.
“The medical and research communities in the Gulf are rapidly growing and our goal is to be one of the leading centers of excellence in the Arab world, in partnership with our friends and allies in the West.”
Iilia Foundation will be the fifth hospital in the country and the second in the Emirates.
Iilia Hospital, a health care facility in Dubai, opened in 2003.
“Our vision is to provide medical care and treatment to the UAE population and to enhance the quality of life for our citizens,” Grewy said.
The Emirate has struggled with the spread of the Zika epidemic.
The country has seen more than 1,000 cases of the virus in the first six months of this year.
Alpha is one of three new medical centers announced on Monday by the foundation.
The other two are the Al-Mashrouq Medical Center in Saudi Arabia and the U.S.-based National Institutes of Health-supported Center for Global Development in Tanzania.
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