The Kidney Centre at Al Jalila Children’s is one of the most sophisticated paediatric facilities in UAE for the treatment of children with kidney disease. The Kidney Centre offers competent diagnostic procedures and treatment for the entire range of acute and chronic renal function disorders in children, with resources that can help children and their families adjust to the social and emotional impact of renal diseases to their lives as wells as lessen the burden of treatment on them.

One of our special focuses is the treatment of children with chronic kidney failure – Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an emerging non-communicable disease worldwide, also in Arab countries with a high prevalence of CKD risk factors, eg diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Paediatric nephrology services are ranging from diagnostic tests, treatment with medication to kidney replacement treatment consisting of dialysis and, ultimately, kidney transplant. The Centre will admit patients for a dialysis programme and in the initial stages the transplantation programme will be conducted in collaboration with an international affiliate, whilst the preparatory, post-operative, and follow-up care will be provided at Al Jalila Children’s.

The acute treatment unit will perform in-hospital dialyses, including extracorporeal dialysis procedures and peritoneal dialysis procedures. Our team offers all of the latest methods of dialysis, including haemodialysis for new-borns with metabolic diseases, plasmapheresis, hemofiltration, immune adsorption. At Al Jalila Children’s patients with chronic kidney disease have the benefit of our collaborative approach and comprehensive interdisciplinary cooperation between our various specialist teams, including paediatricians, specialised nurses, psychologists, dieticians and social workers, supporting patients and their families in close coordination with physicians from the urology, paediatric radiology, paediatric surgery, developmental neurology, paediatric gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurosciences, and paediatric mental health departments.

Our services and facilities


  • General Nephrology
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Renal Replacement
  • Nephrology and Urology
  • Nephrology and Rheumatology
  • Antenatal consultation.


  • Kidney Centre Ward
  • Haemodialysis Unit (acute and chronic care)
  • Peritoneal Dialysis Unit
  • CCRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy)
  • RRT (Renal Replacement Therapy) – acute and chronic
  • Plasma exchange for ICU patients.

Day Care

  • Day Care Unit
  • IV Infusions
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Dialysis stations
  • Isolation rooms
  • Training room (for patients and families).

Dr. Eva Simkova

Paediatric Nephrologist

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre of Excellence

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s is the first of its kind in the region. Our highly specialised multidisciplinary centre is dedicated to providing comprehensive assessment and management of a wide variety of mental health issues in children and adolescents, in addition to providing support to their families. The Mental Health Centre of Excellence spearheads and supports advanced inter-departmental research, training, and teaching for future mental health professionals from different backgrounds.

Through its highly skilled and experienced professionals, it offers specialised evidence based assessment, diagnoses, management, and treatment of a spectrum of mental disorders for children and adolescents between the ages of 0-18 years. The Centre also aims to set the benchmark for research and education in the region with the objective of pushing the boundaries of mental health treatments and intervention procedures, leading the way to better public awareness and knowledge of how to deal with mental illness in children and teenagers.

The Centre provides a variety of services that include:


The mental health inpatient service is a 10-bedded unit that provides multi-disciplinary, intensive mental health assessment and treatment for children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties and are unable to be managed in at home. This will include children and young people who pose a risk to themselves or others, school refusal, crisis intervention and continual assessment. The facility aims to provide an evidence-based service that is child, young person and family centered.
Difficulties may include but are not limited to:

  • Psychosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression and Bi-Polar Affective Disorder
  • Developmental Disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
  • Disorder (ADHD), Tic Disorders
  • Anxiety and Emotional Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidality
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Attachment and Emotional Regulation Disorders

Services Provided:

  • Comprehensive bio-psychosocial assessment
  • 24 hour nursing observation and assessment
  • 24 hour patient care
  • Crisis management
  • Appropriate physical investigations
  • Psycho-education
  • Psychopharmacological interventions
  • Psychometric assessments

Psychological therapies including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Interventions
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Learning support
  • Referral to other services within the hospital or other centers in UAE, as appropriate.
  • Liaison with schools and other relevant external organizations

Child Life Centre

A service that provides patient and family centred support during the hospital visit, from pre admission, during procedures, after surgery, inpatient and follow up outpatient services. The Child Life Centre has a dedicated team of interdisciplinary professionals, certified Child Life Specialists, Play Therapists, Art Therapists, and Recreational Therapists. The Centre facilitates medical play for individuals and groups, to enable patients to become familiar with the hospital environment and provide the opportunity for role reversal to reduce fear and anxiety related to hospitalization and the procedures.

Services Provided:

Mental Health Consultation and Liaison Service

A liaison service that provides consultation and ongoing support to other departments and patients within the hospital. The Mental Health team offer support to patients and their families that are experiencing mental health difficulties, for example anxiety, whilst they are admitted into hospital for medical reasons. Similarly, the team also support to patients with a primary or secondary diagnosis of a mental health condition who are admitted into the hospital for medical reasons.

Services Provided:

  • Inter-department mental health consultation
  • Psychological support to patients and their families
  • One to one mental health nursing support where necessary

Day Programme

The Day Programme provides intensive assessment and therapeutic interventions for children and adolescents aged 7 to 17 years who experience significant emotional, mental and/or behavioural difficulties that cannot be adequately treated by outpatient services alone and as a possible diversion to an inpatient admission. This would be considered the least restrictive care. The goal of this service is to minimize the potential of inpatient admission for such patients. In addition, the programme will also serve as an intervention for inpatients to provide intensive support and ease transition back into the community.

Services Provided:

  • Mental health assessment and intervention
  • Effective, individual care planning and interventions
  • Group Therapy
  • Therapeutic Groups
  • Recreational Groups
  • Parent / Family Support

Outpatient Mental Health Department

The mental health outpatient service offers assessment and management of a wide range of developmental, emotional and behavioural disorders of childhood and adolescence, including but not limited to:

  • Psychosis
  • Mood Disorders such as Depression and/or Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Self-Harm and Suicidality
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD)
  • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders (Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Tic Disorders
  • Stuttering and Selective Mutism
  • Stress responses to abnormal situations at school or home such as bullying or abuse
  • Psychosocial and familial stressors including but not limited to familial separation, reunification,
    divorce and transitions
  • Identity, self and developmental transitions
  • Parent-child attachment and support

Services Provided: 

  • Assessment and diagnosis including Psychiatric, Psychological, Behavioural, Speech and Language
  • Ongoing assessment and review of patients
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psycho-Metric Testing
  • Medication Management
  • Talking Therapies

What makes us different?

  • As a dedicated Centre within a paediatric hospital, the Mental Health Centre of Excellence caters to the mental health needs of children with chronic physical health conditions while being treated at Al Jalila Children’s.
  • The Centre acts as a leader in setting guidelines for issues facing the community when dealing with children and adolescents with mental health needs.
  • The Centre differentiates itself through its unique child-friendly approach – from the tools and equipment to the overall environment – in addition to its ability to cater to adolescent mental health through the integration and collaboration with the patients’ families, departments of the hospital and various educational and medical agencies within the UAE.
  • The Centre is also a credible and transparent point of reference for families that are looking for a decisive and solid answer for their child’s illness.
  • The team promotes and implements interdisciplinary and inter-professional activities and services that were not previously available in the region.
  • We also provide a first of its kind intensive multi-disciplinary day-programme mental health services.

Dr. Ammar Albanna

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Hanan Derby

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Meshal Sultan

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Tarig Diab

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr. Zeinab Alloub

Neurodevelopment Paediatrician


The Neurosciences Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.

Neurology Clinic

Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic

Neurorehabilitation Clinic

Neurophysiology Service

The Neurophysiology Service consists of various electrical tests of the brain, nerves and muscle like EEG (Electroencephalogram), Nerve Conduction (NCV), Electromyography (EMG) and evoked potentials. These tests help in the diagnosis of various neurological conditions like epilepsy, neuropathy and myopathy.

The service also provides inpatient Video-EEG (where the patient is admitted to the hospital to undergo continuous video and EEG recording) and ambulatory EEG (where the patient’s EEG is recorded at home using a portable wearable device).

What we treat

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Headaches
  • Mitochondrial Disease
  • Moyamoya Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Neonatal Disorders
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurological Disorders in Children with Cardiac Disease
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Spasticity
  • Stroke
  • Sturge-Weber Syndrome
  • Syncope & Autonomic Disorders
  • Tourette Syndrome and Other Movement Disorders
  • Tuberous Sclerosis

What makes us different?

  • Al Jalila Children’s is the only hospital in the UAE to incorporate dedicated inpatient paediatric neurology and neuro-rehabilitation services in one facility.
  • The hospital also offers the first inpatient paediatric EEG service in Dubai.
  • The Neurosciences Centre of Excellence enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class hospital where every patient will be assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution.


Dr. Haitham El Bashir

Paediatric Neurorehabilitation

Dr. Abdalla Ali Abdalla

Paediatric Neurologist

Dr. Zeinab Alloub

Neurodevelopment Paediatrician

Critical Care

Al Jalila Children’s is the leading centre for critically ill children and adolescents in the Middle East region and provides a wide range of services in state-of-the-art facilities and clinical expertise for specialised medical and nursing care. Our 45 bed Critical Care Centre comprises 3 critical care areas:

NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)
PICU (Paediatric Intensive Care Unit)
CICU (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit)

The Critical Care Centre promotes the health and safety of children who are critically ill or injured or who suffer acute or chronic pain, requiring continuous, comprehensive, and detailed intensive care because of the critical nature of the their disease or illness.

Care of the critically-ill patient is provided by the specialist paediatric physicians and critical care staff, highly skilled in caring for children under serious or life-threatening circumstances.

Our team offers a broad range of treatment, ranging from nutrition therapies in our paediatric intensive care units to caring for children with chronic respiratory conditions. We have the capacity to treat more than 2,000 patients annually.

The overall goal of the Centre is to:

  • Enhance patient safety
  • Promote a family centred approach
  • Provide continues follow up of discharged infant at risk
  • Promote team work and professional development

The NICU is a 22-bed level IV unit that provides care to Neonates and infants < 60 days old that are referred from all hospitals in the United Arab Emirates and Gulf countries.

Medical and surgical conditions that are admitted to the NICU include

  • Airways and laryngotracheal reconstruction surgery
  • Neurology
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Nephrology and Genitourinary Surgeries
  • General surgery
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Perinatal asphyxia
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Haematological disorders
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Electrolytes disturbances
  • Congenital malformations and syndromes

Patients admitted to NICU may be transferred to the PICU at 6 months post-conceptual age.

Commonly performed procedures, services and functions include:
Intubation, extubation, chest tube insertion, thoracentesis, bronchoscopy, paracentesis, insertion of UAC, UVC, PICC line, surgical central line, intravenous access, exchange transfusion, ventricular tapping, external ventricular drainage, lumbar puncture, peritoneal tapping, peritoneal drainage, peritoneal dialysis, rectal dilatation, Suprapubic urine aspiration. Total parenteral nutrition, surfactant therapy. PO gavage feeding, promotion of breast feeding/lactation assistance. Respiratory support including nasal CPAP, high flow nasal cannula, non-invasive ventilation (NIV NAVA and conventional), invasive ventilation (conventional, neutrally adjusted and high frequency). Nitric oxide therapy, sub-ambient oxygen therapy. Cardiopulmonary monitoring, ET CO2, amplitude integrated EEG, infrared spectroscopy. Physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Our facilities are equipped to perform certain surgical procedures in the NICU surgery room, including:

  • Thoracic surgery: PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus)
  • Abdominal surgery: laparotomy for NEC (necrotizing enterocolitis), intestinal perforation, malrotation, intestinal obstruction, abdominal wall defect repair, stoma creation.
  • Genitor-urinary surgery: urinary diversion (nephrostomy, pyelostomy, ureterostomy, vesicostomy), hydrometrocolpos.
  • Ophthalmology: ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity) laser
  • CVL (central venous line or central venous catheter) insertion

Other surgical interventions may be performed in NICU when the patient is unstable to be transferred to the OT these include, but are not limited to TEF, CDH, CCAM, CLE, Neurenteric cysts, and Tracheostomy.

Our PICU is designed and equipped with the latest medical technology and utilises numerous high level diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to facilitate critical and intensive care management for our children and adolescent patient populations.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is an intensive care unit for patients beyond the neonatal age (29 days old full term or corrected age beyond 40 weeks of the ex-preterm babies provided their weight is more than 3 kg) through adolescence.


The Heart Centre of Excellence at Al Jalila Children’s is the only facility in Dubai that provides a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options in cardiology and cardiac surgery for children. Our world-class infrastructure and highly skilled staff make the Centre one of the best in the Middle East. A dynamic team of highly accomplished paediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anaesthetists and intensivists can provide the latest and the best possible treatment for all kinds of heart diseases in children across all age groups.

Specialised Departments

Department of Paediatric Cardiology

Department of Paediatric Cardiac Surgery 

Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthesia 

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

There are ten dedicated CICU beds with individual rooms and 1:1 nurse to patient ratio. We have an expert team of paediatric cardiac intensivists that take care of children of all age groups before and after surgery. They are available round-the-clock and are supported by a dedicated team of physiotherapists and respiratory therapists in the CICU who are trained in rehabilitation of children after the treatment of their heart condition. The CICU is strategically located and is directly accessible from Cardiac Operation Suites. The unit has facilities for advanced ventilatory modes including Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA), High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation (HFOV) along with nitric oxide delivery systems. We have one of the most advanced facilities for providing both short and long-term mechanical circulatory support (Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation) for children with failing heart not responsive to conventional treatment.

Clinics and Services

Fetal Clinic

We run regular outpatient clinics for expectant mothers where our expert cardiologists perform Fetal Echocardiography to assess the structure and function of the baby while it is still in the womb.

Rhythm Clinic

Our paediatric cardiology outpatient clinic has tools to evaluate various rhythm disturbances of the heart that are frequent in children. One of them is the Holter test that provides continuous recording of the cardiac electrical activity (ECG) over a period of time even when the child is at home and engaged in routine activities. It helps in identifying fast or slow heart beats that can be pathological and should be treated.


Most of the diagnoses, treatment plans and follow-up of heart diseases in children can be made by echocardiography which is an ultrasound scanning of the heart. The Heart Centre has some of the most modern equipment and skilled cardiologists to conduct echocardiograms even during fetal life (in utero), in addition to preterm babies, infants, children, and adolescents.

Cardiac Catheterization Suite

Al Jalila Children’s has ultra-modern catheterization suites with capacity to perform hundreds of procedures annually. A major proportion of these are “therapeutic” interventions where the cardiac conditions are treated without the child having to undergo surgery.

Cardiac Operation Suites

We have two fully equipped, state-of-the-art operation rooms with facilities and tools for performing all types of cardiac repairs in paediatric patients of all ages (neonate to young adult) and with cardiac problems of any degree or complexity.

Ward Facilities

Our heart specialty ward has 16 beds, including four high dependency care rooms for children that may need isolation (such as for an infection) or special nursing care. They are all tastefully designed and furnished with the objective of making the child comfortable and reassured. All beds have equipment to monitor heart rhythm, oxygen levels and breathing and are all enabled with SMART technology, including electronic medical records facility.

What makes us different? 

  • Al Jalila Children’s Heart Centre of Excellence is the only established paediatric cardiac facility in Dubai and the Northern Emirates.
  • Al Jalila Children’s has handpicked an exclusive team of experts with vast experience from some of the best hospitals in the world to be part of the Heart Centre of Excellence.
  • Our team of experts has had years of experience treating many thousands of patients from newborns to adults with congenital heart disease during their prolific careers.
  • Our paediatric cardiac anesthesiologists employ the most advanced methods of anaesthesia and fast track protocols thereby drastically minimising the duration of stay in the hospital.
  • Our paediatric cardiologists are also routinely invited to global conferences during which they conduct live demonstrations of cardiac interventional procedures for the treatment of congenital heart disease.
  • The Heart Centre of Excellence enjoys the uniqueness of being part of a full-fledged world-class hospital where every patient is assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution.

Dr. Masakazu Nakao

Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Dr. Jameel Khan Thareen

Paediatric Cardiac Surgeon

Dr. Jwan Shekhy


Dr. Mahmoud Al Soufi

Paediatric Cardiologist

      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

800 AJCH (8002524)

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