About Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR)
Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR) is an independent regulatory arm of Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone - a health and wellness destination.
Launched in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the world’s largest healthcare free zone comprises two phases. Phase 1, dedicated to healthcare and medical education, occupies 4.1 million square feet in Oud Metha, and Phase 2, which is dedicated to wellness, occupies 22 million square feet in Al Jadaf, overlooking the historic Dubai Creek.
The free zone has two operational sectors – Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Investment (DHCI) and Dubai Healthcare City Authority - Education (DHCE). Together, leveraging the free zone’s global healthcare standards, and strengthening its medical tourism portfolio and its clinical-academic environment.
DHCR regulates both sectors – education and investment – and reports directly to the DHCA Board. It is responsible for the licensure of all healthcare professionals and healthcare operators and setting and maintaining international best practice in healthcare delivery and patient care within the free zone. DHCR’s outpatient quality standards are accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua).
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