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Dubai’s Moorfields Hospital inspired international healthcare expansion

Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai partners with Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital, Dubai, was opened in 2007 and led to the Moorfields international operating model which has been developed over the past 10 years in the UAE.

The hospital was opened by the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which was established in 1804.

 The trust is one of the oldest and biggest ophthalmic treatment, teaching, and research centres in the world.

Following the opening of the Dubai hospital, the centre has treated more than 150,000 patients and has become one of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) leading eye care clinics.

Moorfields expanded with the UAE to Abu Dhabi, in partnership with United Eastern Medical Services (UEMS), but more recently opened another Dubai centre targeted at children.


The paediatrics centre was developed in collaboration Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital and will serve international patients within the region, as well as domestic patients.

The site also aims to target collaberative initiatives other than treating people; exploring clinical research, training, and education.

“Moorfields has managed to extend its regional patient and brand reach through a flexible international network delivery model in the UAE,” said Mariano Gonzalez, Managing Director at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai.

“One of the challenges is to scale services and ensure a consistent and joined-up network, whilst delivering the same high standard of care to patients, despite regional variances in licensing and regulatory requirements.”

“As our expansion continues, the challenge remains to recruit high quality consultants - although the UAE remains an attractive destination. Moorfields' experience in the UAE over the last 10 years may provide a blueprint for other healthcare providers to follow - there is no doubt that we have enjoyed all the benefits that the UAE provides.”