Its three main multistory open areas—the Souk, Waha and Wadi—are named for and seek to emulate traditional Arab social and geological forms: a marketplace, oasis and valley.
“This facility is a marvel to behold,” said judge Nicholas Tejada, CEO of the Hospitals of Providence's Transmountain Campus, El Paso, Texas. “The use of 'Waha' represents tremendous integration with the surrounding environment.”
The hospital, which opened in May 2015, accommodates 364 inpatient beds, expandable to 490 with 13 floors of inpatient units and 26 operating rooms. It houses more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.
“It is a project of a lifetime,” said Mohammed Ayoub, vice president at HDR in New York and the health center's design director. Ayoub worked with the Mubadala Development Corp., which is the UAE government's funding agency, and the urban planning council of the city of Abu Dhabi. Also, there were “more than 300 Cleveland Clinic physicians and clinical personnel who were involved in the design of each of the clinical and specialized care areas, and hundreds of architects, interior designers and planners from around the world contributed to the building's design,” Ayoub said.