GMH Builds New Hospital in Baghdad

M2 Communications  05/20/2015 11:07 AM ET

Source: Bloomberg Business

Construction is well underway on the new high-tech Iraqi-German Ibn Hayyan Hospital complex in Baghdad, which started in January 2013 and is scheduled to open later this year.

The state-of-the-art facility is part of the General Mediterranean Holding group, a Luxembourg-based multi-national organisation founded by Iraqi-born British entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Nadhmi Auchi. GMH’s activities range from construction and real estate, banking and finance, to hotel and leisure, broadcasting and communications, IT, pharmaceuticals and aviation.

The new hospital aims to accommodate the ever-growing demand for quality treatment that had been scarce in the country during the years following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003. Since then, private-sector investment has run into billions of dollars, with power, energy and infrastructure projects the main draws; and the Ibn Hayyan will offer top-level patient care with the advanced medical facilities that European and worldwide standards now demand. It promises to provide public healthcare services for all of Baghdad’s residents and will employ both Iraqi and German doctors.

The development is substantial, with the total area of the complex covering some 58,700m situated close to the banks of the expansive River Tigris in the centre of the Iraqi capital. The main hospital building will house several clinics and around 360 beds, and nearby there will be a serviced apartment block as well as a staff building. There are also plans in place to have a university college situated within the grounds, where the next generation of Iraqi doctors can obtain valuable practice and experience.

The project has been designed and supervised by Mebex Consultants, a Healthcare Planning, Architectural and Engineering Services Consultancy established in 1979 to support the increased potential of medical provision facilities in the Middle East. The consultancy has been involved in the implementation of several major healthcare projects in countries such as Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, and offers comprehensive electro-mechanical and structural engineering design support along with project management services.

The lead construction company is ATK Construction, a contracting and project development firm that undertakes superstructure and infrastructure projects on an international scale.

The new Baghdad hospital is named after Abu Musa Jabir Ibn Hayyan, one of the most renowned Muslim scholars of the golden age. His father, himself a great scientist, came from Syria; but Jabir (also known as Geber) was born and educated in Tus, Iran, and later moved to Kufa just south of Baghdad. He was a polymath – a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, pharmacist and physician. Best known for his contributions to chemistry, his achievements include the invention of separation techniques used to this day, including crystallization, distillation and the synthesis of various acids, and he is credited with the use of over twenty types of now-basic chemical laboratory equipment.