IBI designs unveiled for Dubai medical research centre

IBI Nightingale has unveiled the concept design for the Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre in Dubai.


June 5, 2014

DUBAI – IBI Nightingale, in partnership with GHD and the Al Jalila Foundation, has unveiled the concept design for the Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre in Dubai.

The new research facility will promote Dubai as centre of excellence in the field of medical education and research, and will be the first standalone medical research centre in the UAE. The centre will focus on five regional health challenges: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and mental health.

The 10-storey building will be co-located with a major new academic health science centre in Dubai Healthcare City. The building will have three floors of research laboratories, as well as clinic spaces, administration, and spaces for other partner organisations.

IBI Nightingale has been assisting Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, CEO of Al Jalila Foundation, and his team establish the vision for the project, and will shortly be progressing with a fast-track programme of design development as part of a multi-disciplinary team headed by GHD.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to develop a high quality landmark project, designed to embody the vision and values of Al Jalila Foundation,” said Tony Burley, Project Director at IBI Nightingale. “The curved form and elegant external treatment of the new Medical Research Centre is intended to give a focus to the heart of the Dubai Healthcare City Masterplan and complement the massing that will complete the campus.”

Dr Abdulkareem Sultan Al Olama, Al Jalila Foundation CEO, commented: “We are very pleased with the designs, which present Al Jalila Foundation Research Centre as the world-class institution it will be. As the UAE’s first independent multi-disciplinary medical research centre, we hope that it will inspire local youths to study biomedical science, and provide a solid foundation for cutting-edge medical findings that will address the region’s most pressing health challenges. We thank GHD and IBI Nightingale for helping us transform this vision into a reality.”

Katie Endicott, Media Relations
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