GCC healthcare projects exceed Dh223 billion in value

By Rajive Singh

Number of hospital projects reached 445: BNC

DUBAI 29 January 2018: The total value of 707 healthcare projects exceeded Dh223.50 billion (US$60.9 billion) in January 2018, according to the latest GCC Construction Intelligence report issued by BNC Network, one of the largest construction intelligence platform in Middle East and North Africa (Mena).

Of these, 445 projects worth $51.9 billion (Dh190.47 billion) are hospital projects while the rest 262 projects worth $9 billion (Dh33 billion) are medical clinics or research centres.

Out of the 707 projects in the GCC, 264 worth $24.7 billion are under construction, 227 projects worth $12.7 billion are in the design and pipeline while there are 75 healthcare projects with a combined estimated value of $1.76 billion (Dh6.46 billion) in tender.

The healthcare industry constitutes 4 per cent of all active projects in the GCC’s urban construction sector and in dollar terms, these projects account for 5 per cent of the total estimated value, according to BNC.

GCC Healthcare Overview Infograph II

In the fourth quarter of 2017, eight healthcare contracts with a combined estimated value of $813.9 million (Dh2.98 billion) were awarded in the GCC. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the number of healthcare contract awards in the GCC increased by 33 per cent as compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Mandatory health insurance scheme, that is gradually bringing the entire population of the GCC under medical insurance cover is driving investment in hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and other healthcare facilities,” Avin Gidwani, Chief Executive Officer of BNC Network, says. “With higher oil price, the GCC will see increased investment in infrastructure, housing and these activities will create new employment that will increase demand for more healthcare projects.

“Historically, the GCC healthcare sector was driven by the public sector hospitals that offered subsidised medical care and almost free medicines. However, there has been a fundamental shift in the healthcare system, where the employers are now being made responsible for the employees’ medical care and welfare. This necessitated the introduction of the mandatory health insurance schemes and created a demand for increased number of hospitals, clinics and pharmacies.”

GCC Healthcare Overview Infograph

In December, the number of healthcare projects in the GCC decreased by 1 per cent as compared to November 2017 and the total estimated value of these projects decreased by 2 per cent. Notable projects like New Khasab Hospital located in Oman worth $197.5 million was awarded during December, 2017.

Six healthcare projects with a combined estimated value of US$600.6 million were completed during December 2017.

BNC tracks 25,324 live construction projects with a value exceeding $7.7 trillion (Dh28.3 trillion). It publishes more than 250 project updates and shares construction intelligence with more than 73,000 executives and professionals every day.