The Healthcare Scenario of Emirate of Sharjah


Are you planning to build or restructure or venture in any healthcare venture in Sharjah? Looking for information about the major healthcare players in Government, Private diagnostic centers that are available in Sharjah? Are you looking to find out which part of the of the city’s is best to venture in or what all facilities are available and what all should be planned for new setup? In this article Hospaccx Healthcare Consultancy has mapped all on major players in terms of medical facilities and healthcare scenario in Sharjah.

The Emirate of Sharjah is one of the emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The emirate of Sharjah comprises the capital city of Sharjah, after which it is named, and other minor towns and exclaves such as Kalba, Dibba Al-Hisn and Khor Fakkan. Sharjah ‘The Capital’ is the third largest and third most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, forming part of the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. It is located along the southern coast of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. Sharjah shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates of the UAE within a federal framework. Sharjah is regarded as the cultural capital of the UAE and was the Islamic culture capital in 2014.

Demography Statistics


The city is a centre for culture and industry, and alone contributes 7.4% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates. Sharjah Airport International Free Zone, popularly known as SAIF Zone, is one of the prominent free-trade zones in UAE. More than 6000 companies operate from SAIF Zone. The cost of setting up business in Sharjah is less than in any other emirates of UAE, and the focus of industrialization has in recent years turned Sharjah into a commercial centre. Thanks to the facility of 100% foreign ownership, repatriation of capital and profits and exemption from income and corporate taxes, SAIF Zone has attracted investors from more than 90 countries.

Hamriyah Free Zone: Established in 1995, it offers competitive and unique opportunities to establish business in a tax-free environment, full company ownership, exemption from all commercial levies and repatriation of capital and profits. The Free Zone provides access to a 14-meter-deep water port and a 7-meter-deep inner harbor.


International airports in the city of Sharjah include the Sharjah International Airport and Port Khalid. Sharjah International Airport has connections to all major international locations including major metro cities of India.

Major Corporates in Sharjah

Growth Plan of Sharjah

New free zone initiatives: Launching Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation Park (SRTIP), Sharjah Media City Free Zone (Shams) and Sharjah Publishing City (SPC) in 2016, this year saw the opening of the new 40,000 square meter (430,560 sq. ft.) SPC and royal approval for the master plan for Sharjah Healthcare City.

Sharjah International Airport expansion: The biggest aviation news of the year was the government approval of a US$400 million (AED 1.46b) budget for the expansion of Sharjah International Airport in February. US engineering consultancy Parsons Overseas Limited was then appointed to manage the project, which will increase airport capacity from 8 to 18 million passengers a year.

Sharjah Healthcare City: The development is planned to be one of the largest healthcare centres in the Middle East covering an area of 2.43 million square metres (26 million square feet) adjacent to the Al Dhaid Road near Sharjah University City. Objectives for the healthcare city include both providing essential services for Sharjah and the northern emirates and providing globally competitive, advanced healthcare services.

Healthcare Scenario of Sharjah

Sharjah Health Authority (SHA) regulates Sharjah’s healthcare system. There are lot of options among public and private hospitals, clinics, and individual practitioners to choose from. Sharjah has been awarded as the Health City in the month of September 2015 as Sharjah reached 88% of the indicators in different domains like health development, community-based engagements, education and literacy, skill development, water, sanitation and air, emergency preparedness etc.

It is a requirement for expatriates to have a health card in order to live and work in the UAE. These cards are available to all residents of the UAE for a fee. The medical is usually done at the Public Health Clinic, however some of the private hospitals also offer this service. A health card will give access to the government hospitals listed below. If one does not have a health card, the government hospitals are open in case of emergency only and for up to 24 hours stay. If you have health insurance, you can also choose to use the private hospitals and clinics. Without insurance private medical care is costly.

Medical College in Sharjah

Public Hospitals

1.Al Qasimi Hospital – 362 Beds

Established in May 1991, Al Qassimi Hospital (AQH) is the largest governmental hospital in the emirate of Sharjah. It is also the largest hospital under the umbrella of the federal ministry of health. It has 362 beds, 235 of which are in-patient beds. It has a total of 1099 staff.

2.University Hospital – 325 Beds

It is a tertiary care multi-specialty hospital located in the campus of University of Sharjah. The hospital has 34 Emergency Beds, 22 ICU Beds, 8 Labor & Delivery rooms, 7 OTs, 20 NICU, 12 Hemodialysis Beds & a Cath Lab.

Major Private Hospitals

1.Medcare Hospital – 120 Beds

A multispecialty hospital offering a wide range of outpatient, day care, inpatient and 24/7 emergency care services to patients of all ages. The hospital is also equipped with advanced equipments & technology.

2.Al Zahra Hospital – 187 Beds

This hospital was established in 1981. This is the first private general hospital in UAE. Both inpatient and outpatient treatment is of an international standard and is backed by the latest radiology and laboratory facilities.

3.Zulekha Hospital – 150 Beds

Established in 1992, it is a full-fledged, multi-disciplinary hospital with Out-patient and In-patient facilities. What started off as a 30-bed set up with basic facilities for gynecology, obstetrics, surgery, medicine and pediatrics in 1992, today boasts of 150 in-patient beds, sprawled over an area of 240,000 square ft.

4.Saudi German Hospital – 50 Beds

This is the 9th operational hospital of SGH Group & is a part of the largest private hospitals group in the Middle East. The hospital is also equipped with 5 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Beds & 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

5.Sharjah Corniche Hospital

This hospital is located in the Northern Emirates. It is a part of the Amina Hospitals group managed by highly experienced, international healthcare professionals at Anglo Arabian Healthcare providing treatment & diagnostic services with advanced medical technology & infrastructure.

6.Royal Hospital – 160 Beds

It is a multi-specialty, state of the art healthcare facility & a private referral hospital offering effective medicare in all major specialties via a professional and caring environment. For the first time in the Gulf, this hospital set up houses self-contained Medical Spa.

Day Care Facilities

1.Thumbay Hospital Day Care

It is envisioned as a center housing all major specialties under one roof, where treatments and procedures are being offered to Thumbay’s patients as Day Cases – meaning no overnight stay in hospital is necessary and patients can rest and recuperate in their own homes.

2.Oriana Hospital (Day care surgery)

This is a daycare surgery hospital dedicated to diagnostic and treatment service for patients where major surgical facilities & departments are available under one roof.

Diagnostic Facilities in Sharjah


Sharjah, one of the emirates of UAE has many hospitals in the region & many of them are providing quality treatment to the population. The population of Sharjah is growing day by day resulting as increasing burden on existing infrastructure. The tourism industry in Sharjah is also growing. So, the present scenario is favoring new private hospitals to come up & provide quality services to the people of Sharjah.

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