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Princess Haya opens new cancer centre in Dubai

The Comprehensive Cancer Centre (CCC), Dubai’s newest cancer clinic, was opened yesterday by Her Royal Highness Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, accompanied by senior health officials. Princess Haya was acting on behalf of her husband, Sheikh Muhammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai, and Prime Minister and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates.

The CCC forms Dubai’s most advanced medical centre for the treatment of cancer and was built in collaboration with Mediclinic Middle East’s sister clinic in Switzerland. Now that it’s open and operational, it is able to offer patients full access to some of the most experienced practitioners in oncology, as well as a full suite full of the latest and most up to date facilities and equipment for treating cancer. This will allow citizens of the UAE to benefit from cancer-related healthcare without having to travel overseas, which makes it more accessible to broader swathes of the population.

During the opening, Princess Haya spoke with Dr Shaheenah Dawood, Consultant Oncologist, on recent developments in oncological care. Of great help to UAE’s efforts in treating cancer is the recent opening of the Jallia Foundation Research Centre.

As part of her tour of the facility, Her Royal Highness viewed the radiotherapy department of the clinic, which was showcasing its brand new TrueBeam linear accelerator, the first of its kind within the UAE. She also stopped to visit two patients currently receiving chemotherapy within the clinic, one paediatric and one adult. The child patient, called Phoebe, apparently made the Princess’s day by making her a Play Dough heart.

During her tour, Princess Haya also took the opportunity to meet with the Hospital Angels, a local charity that seeks to empower individuals and the local community by encouraging them to engage with neediest members of the UAE society.

“I was honoured today to inaugurate Mediclinic City Hospital’s new Comprehensive Cancer Centre on behalf of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” HRH later commented. ” HE Maya Tissafi, Swiss Ambassador to the UAE, must be very proud.”

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