Zayed Military Hospital Campus

Zayed Military City, United Arab Emirates

The picturesque design for this military hospital was inspired by the canyons—“wadis” in Arabic—that meander informally through the lowlands of the regional landscape. The dry wadis’ dramatic rock formations, which are transformed and eroded over time by mountain floods, display the effects of one of nature’s most powerful and life-giving forces—water.

The 10-story, 1.2 million-SF military hospital, located at Zayed Military City, serves as the military’s premier hospital, with centers of centers of excellence in cardiology, trauma, and burn care. The facility includes all medical and surgical sub-specialties, as well as a nursing and physician teaching facility, with 260 patient beds and the capability to double capacity during national emergencies. The design incorporates the latest in international healthcare design and evidence-based design practices in order to improve patient outcomes, satisfaction, and staff efficiency. Additionally, the hospital meets the Estidama 2 Pearl Rating and takes a comprehensive approach to sustainability, recognizing energy efficiency, minimizing site disturbance, efficient use of material resources, providing a healthy indoor environment, and reducing water and energy consumption.


United Arab Emirates Armed Forces

At a glance

1,255,692 SF (116,700 SM)

Hospital and clinic

6,000 SF central utility plant

40-bed psychiatric hospital

Women’s services building


Sustainability: meets Estidama 2 Pearl Rating

Security facilities


Positioned on the high point of the site symbolizes a destination for nurturing and healing

Design replicates the curvature of canyon walls

Roadways and paths wind and converge like water during rainstorms


Master planning


Site selection studies

Feasibility study

Architectural design

Engineering: structural, mechanical, electrical

Interior design