About Us

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital

Al Jalila Children’s is the first dedicated children’s hospital in the United Arab Emirates. The state of the art medical facility was created under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to affirm his belief that all children should have an equal opportunity for success in life, and the treatment of children suffering from illness or disease should not be subject to geographical chance. The vision of His Highness is to have Al Jalila Children’s as one among the top ten paediatric hospitals in the world. Inaugurated on November 1, 2016, Al Jalila Children’s is an ultramodern hospital that aims to be the driving force behind the tertiary and quaternary care facility in the region. Our world-class teams of highly qualified medical and clinical experts are setting new standards for healthcare excellence on a local and regional level. The hospital is a place where SMART technology and design converge to enhance patient care and outcomes. It hosts the first robotic pharmacy in Dubai, and a fully automated laboratory. The hospital also aims to foster clinical innovations, astute learning and development programmes and cutting-edge research facilities. Al Jalila Children’s comprises 200 beds in a child and family friendly environment.

Al Jalila Children’s has included numerous child–friendly elements within the hospital to ensure that the environment is filled with positivity. Patients are able to enjoy glow-in-the-dark wallpaper and screens with cartoon characters on the ceilings to pacify children during scans and x-rays. The hospital design includes open spaces for children to participate in outdoor activities and several other child-friendly elements. Within each patient room, there is an interactive touch screen which enables children to remain in contact with family and friends, play online games, access social media and educational portals when required. The hospital is equipped with numerous facilities that allows children to continue their education, such as a dedicated study space in every in-patient room and private teachers to assist in continuing their education directly from hospital grounds.

A Place Where I can be A Child

Our patients are no ordinary patients, which is why our hospital is no ordinary hospital. It’s an inspiring, child friendly world with innovative facilities and highly qualified doctors who know everything there is to know about young bodies and minds. We have spared no efforts in ensuring that our services and our facilities are customized to eliminate any stress or anxiety that might affect the children from being in a traditional hospital environment. Our care and attention goes beyond the patients and reaches out also to their families, for we firmly believe that all children are entitled to live a happy and normal childhood regardless of their medical condition.

Children’s National Health System

Al Jalila Children’s entered into an agreement with Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to form a health information technology strategic partnership. As part of the agreement, Children’s National, one of the world’s leading children’s health organisations, will utilise their experience, practice and resources to serve in a strategic advisory role to guide Al Jalila Children’s in effectively using health information technology to deliver the highest quality of care for children across the GCC and the region.

Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU)

MBRU is Dubai Healthcare City's first medical university. It aims to be a global hub for innovative and integrated healthcare education and research at the service of humanity. MBRU's mission is to advance health in the UAE and the region, through an innovative and integrated academic health system, that is nationally responsive and globally connected, serving individuals and communities. MBRU offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through its two colleges, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine which has a number of specialty dental postgraduate Programmes. The second college is the College of Medicine for undergraduate medical students offering a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Programme.

HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein


Dr. Abdulla Ibrahim Al Khayat

Vice Chairman

Dr. Muhammed Salem Al Olama

Board Member

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar

Board Member

Afra Al Basti

Board Member

Fatima Al Jaber

Board Member

Dr. Abdulla Al Khayat

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Mohamed Al Awadhi

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Anees Siddiqui

Medical Director

Phyllis Davis

Nursing Director

Dr. Mahmoud Taleb Al Ali

Executive Lead – Pathology & Genomics

Farhad Seddiq

Director of Marketing and Customer Happiness

Shane Shyam

Director of Human Resources

Mario Ojeda

Director of Facilities Management

Raesa Afzal

Legal Counsel


      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
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