(MENAFN - Daily News Egypt) Egypt plans to establish a medical tourism city at a cost of EGP 20bn in Badr City, east Cairo.
The project will be built on 109 feddan and will take five years to be completed, Chairperson of Badr City Development Authority, Ammar Mandour, said on Friday, noting that it will be the largest in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Mandour added that 90% of the project's investments are Egyptian, and the preliminary inspection of the project site has been carried out.
'The medical city will provide the latest medical methods in the world and modern medical equipment,' he added. 'It will include 13 medical institutes with a capacity of 2,000 beds, a helipad for flying ambulances, a teaching hospital, and natural healing gardens.'
The general secretary of Badr University, Mohamed Soliman, said that 10% of the beds will be earmarked for Egyptians who are unable to afford medical treatment.
Soliman added that the first phase of the project will be completed after 30 months from the date of starting construction. The project will be completed and fully operational within five years of execution.
Furthermore, he pointed out that the project's board will rely on the largest foreign companies' expertise in administration during the first five years of the project, until the training of Egyptian doctors, staff, and workers is finalised.