Camilla’s ‘inspiring’ hospital visit
Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was “inspired” by the facilities at the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates.
The 69-year-old royal visited the Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital in Dubai yesterday (08.11.16) after arriving by helicopter, and she couldn’t believe just how great the services were.
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Camilla said: “It is a very good facility, it is brilliant.”
Sheikh Mohammed ordered the hospital to be built in December 2008 as a gift to the UAE to celebrate his daughter Sheikha Al Jalila’s first birthday, and work commenced the following year.
Camilla took a tour of the medical facility and met up with some of the kids who were receiving treatment, including Noora Fahad Fayez Mubarak, 13, who has kidney failure.
The duchess told her: “What a lovely smile you have.”
The hospital has 200 beds, a heart centre, paediatric trauma centre, transplant unit and outpatient clinics among other areas.
There is also an impressive 375-seater auditorium for teaching and the facility treats more than 11,000 patients per year.
Camilla and husband Prince Charles are currently in the Gulf on an official jaunt on behalf of the British government.
They were joined by Sheikh Mohammed’s wife Princess Haya, 42.