DUBAI: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) said it has earmarked Dh735 million ($200 million) for the first phase of King Hussein Medical City project in Jordan. This is in line with the framework of the 2013 UAE government grant contribution of Dh4.6 billion ($1.25 billion) to the Gulf Development Fund, a five-year grant program from the GCC member countries to finance development projects in line with the government of Jordan’s strategic goals.
The grant will fund the first phase of the expansionary works – specifically to construct a state-of-the-art 940-bed hospital capable of accommodating 1,200 patients daily, said Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, the director general of ADFD after signing the deal in the presence of Imad N Fakhoury, the Jordanian Minister of Planning & International Cooperation, Bilal Al Bdour, UAE Ambassador to Jordan and Major General Muin Al Habashneh, the director general of the Royal Medical Services (RMS) in Jordan.
“Over the past four decades, ADFD has maintained strategic and close friendly ties with Jordan. This new contribution reflects the UAE leadership’s wise directives and keenness to continuously build on bilateral ties with brotherly states,” stated Al Suwaidi. This was in line with ADFD’s goals to drive socio-economic growth, invest in infrastructure and create new job opportunities, he added.