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Work starts on UAE proton therapy centre

By Sophie Watson6 December, 2017
Jack Irvine shakes the hand of Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi

Jack Irvine meets His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

The creation of the first high-energy proton beam therapy cancer treatment centre to be built in the United Arab Emirates has taken a significant step forward, as work officially began on site last week.

Media House International executive chairman Jack Irvine attended the ground-breaking ceremony in Abu Dhabi and met His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates, who is developing the centre in collaboration with Proton Partners International, Kuwait’s Al-Sayer Group and the UAE-based Al-Fardan Group.

The centre will be known as the Abu Dhabi Proton Centre (ADPC) and will be part of the existing Gulf International Cancer Centre (GICC) in Abu Dhabi.

It will be situated on a site provided by SBK Holding LLC, the Holding Company of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The ADBC will be the first high-energy proton beam therapy centre in the Middle East, offering treatment from 2019.

Proton beam therapy is a highly targeted type of radiotherapy which can treat hard-to-reach cancers, such as spinal tumours, with a lower risk of damaging the surrounding tissue and causing side-effects.

gulf international cancer centre

The existing Gulf International Cancer Centre in Abu Dhabi