Dubai World Trade Centre has been converted into a field hospital

The UAE prepares to accommodate more COVID-19 patients
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Dubai World Trade Centre has been converted into a field hospital
Dubai World Trade Centre has been repurposed to support the city's hospitals

The Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), one of the Dubai’s oldest skyscrapers built in 1979 has catered to thousands of local and international events and exhibitions over the years. The historic landmark has now opened its doors to serve an estimate of 3,000 COVID-19 patients in light of the ongoing pandemic.

 The coronavirus has currently infected over 2 million people, of which 4,993 have been recorded in the UAE.

Earlier this month, the UAE government had announced the launch of numerous Fever Clinics and disclosed that two field hospitals were being built in precaution of a potential surge in coronavirus cases faced countrywide. “When it comes to the increase of hospital surge capacity, we are prepared for all scenarios. We have put an integrated plan in place for all hospitals,” shared Humaid Al Qatami, Director General of Dubai Health Authority.

Humaid Al Qatami stated that all the hospitals in Dubai dealing with coronavirus patients have the capacity of approximately 5,000 beds and authorities are ready to increase the quantity to 10,000 beds or more.

Moreover, 14 new COVID-19 testing centres were launched in UAE this week. Each facility consists of over 600 medical staff and are able to conduct 500 to 600 tests per day.

Photo: Dubai World Trade Centre for YouTube