Al Jalila Children’s Speciality Hospital Turns 3 with Dubai 30x30‎

Received 100,000 children in 3 years

  • The first and only children’s hospital treated 8.5% more children as compared to 2018

  • More than 2000 physicians attended Al Jalila Children’s educational symposiums 

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, the first and only children’s hospital in UAE, celebrated its 3rd anniversary on Friday 1st November, by organizing ‘Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District’ as part of the ongoing Dubai Fitness Challenge. Completing its third year of operations, Al Jalila Children’s announced that it received around 100,000 young patients since its opening on 1st of November, 2016, while its 24/7 Emergency Department witnessed 22,000 visits for the same period, and conducted 3700 surgeries out of which were around 300 complex heart surgeries.  

On Friday afternoon, around 1,200 people visited ‘Al Jalila Children’s Fitness District’. Organized with the support of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing Department (DTCM) and Dubai Police, in addition to Kidzapp as the entertainment partner, the event saw the participation of the famous sports celebrity Becky Lynch, the current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Raw Women's Champion.

The visitors of adults and children filled the lush gardens surrounding the hospital and were equally thrilled to see their popular sports star on stage to give them health tips and have a 30-minute workout with parents and children together. The event kicked off on a high note with the youngest DJ in the world, 7 year-old DJ Michelle, who took the stage to play some of the most popular songs for children. Various entertainment zones at the venue gave the children the opportunity to engage with fitness/fun activities all through the afternoon.

Dr. Abdulla Al Khayat, CEO of Al Jalila Children’s said: “we are very happy to be part of Dubai Fitness Challenge 2019. Our participation comes in line with our core vision of instilling the concept of health and fitness into the young generation’s minds and souls. We at Al Jalila Children’s, strongly believe that health awareness should start at an early age to ensure a sound body and mind.”

“We are very pleased with the turnout and would like to thank DTCM and Dubai Police for their support, in addition to Kidzapp. It is with the efforts of our partners that children have been very well entertained today.”


3 Years of achievements

In 2019, Al Jalila Children’s added 10 new speciality services, allowing more young patients to have access to premium paediatric healthcare. The state-of-the-art medical facility treated 8.5% more children as compared to 2018, while its mental health inpatient ward, the only ward of its kind in Middle East, received 22 cases since it opened in Jan of this year.   

A major highlight of its medical excellence, Al Jalila Children’s successfully conducted 4 kidney transplants for 4 children who were in desperate need of a new kidney, while a total of 3100 dialysis sessions were conducted in the past 3 years.

From his side, Dr. Mohamad Al Awadhi, COO of Al Jalila Children’s said: “Day after day, Al Jalila Children’s is proving to be a pivotal hub for paediatric medicine excellence in the region. Our strategy focusses on growing, and constantly developing, our three main pillars - Medical Excellence, Research, and Education.”

“With more than 10 new speciality clinics opened in 2019, including the oncology clinic, in addition to the Genomics Centre of excellence, we slowly keep bridging the gap of demand on some of the most crucial paediatric specialities for children in UAE and the region,” Dr. Al Awadhi concluded.      

Doctors and Education

On the educational side, Al Jalila Children’s projected very encouraging indicators. Through their innovative ‘PaedsX’ programme, around 50 educational events were organized, with over 2000 medical practitioners attending the symposiums. Furthermore, the medical landmark saw more than 1,500 students from 40 schools introduced to the hospital.


Dr. Al Khayat commented, “It was pleasantly surprising for us to see the overwhelming response from paediatricians in UAE attending our symposiums. It proves that there is a great need for continuous research and education in paediatric medicine, and this is a role we would want to lead.”


3 years Stats Summary

Number of Patients


Emergency visits




Complex Heart Surgeries


Kidney Transplants


Dialyses procedures






Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates

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