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NMC Health preparing Islamic bond issue

London-listed international healthcare group NMC Health is reportedly preparing to issue a Shariah-compliant bond worth up to $500m. Reuters says a document issued by one of the banks leading the deal confirms earlier rumours that the group plans to issue a sukuk or Islamic bond. It says HSBC and Standard Chartered have been hired to coordinate meetings […]

Why mental health market in UAE is one to watch

Historically, mental health issues have had something of a stigma in the Middle East - not talked about, with problems often going unaddressed. Bit this appears to be changing. Healthcare Nova speaks to an investor eyeing the psychiatric market in the United Arab Emirates, and to Lighthouse Arabia, a psychiatric specialist centre based in Dubai.

Aster DM makes Nigerian play

GCC and Indian healthcare group Aster DM has signed a partnership with a university hospital in Nigeria to set up centres of excellence (COE) and a telemedicine unit. The group says the facilities will help fill Nigeria's most significant gaps in provision, but a local advisor sees a referral stream in the short-term.

Interview: Fatih Mehmet Gul, COO, Fakeeh University Hospital Dubai

We talk to the COO of Dubai's first university hospital which is being launched by Saudi group Fakeeh Care. Fatih Mehmet Gul discusses what his company's first UAE foray will specialise in, where the national market is heading and how soon the whole population will have mandatory health coverage.

Winners and losers revealed in Dubai

A recent report shows which for-profit hospital groups in Dubai are doing well and which are doing badly. The Saudi groups fall into the "could do better" category with bed occupancy rates around 20%. And Dubai's massive Dubai Healthcare City project is more than a little peaky.