Dr Raja Al Gurg

A message from Her Excellency

Dr Raja Al Gurg

Before we play out our ambition on the world stage of academia, we are rehearsing a humble, yet definite role for the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dubai Healthcare City’s first medical university.

Before we tick off our goal to achieve global university rankings, and even before we hang plaques and trophies, our focus is on only one performance - academic reputation.


The Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences was born with its own history. One could argue, how can a new university claim to have any historical significance? To answer this, I must transition into the back story. Let’s start with the location.

The University of Medicine and Health Sciences is in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. Both physically and conceptually, the Academic Medical Center represents an integrated environment with its medical education entities and infrastructure – auditorium, education suites and lecture halls.

The Academic Medical Center was officially inaugurated in 2013. By this year, its medical education entities - Al Maktoum Medical Library and Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, were already operational. As was the degree-granting college for postgraduate dental specialization, which also includes a clinical arm.

Located close to MBRU, two other projects are taking shape – a biomedical research institute, Al Jalila Foundation Research Center and the Mohammed Bin Rashid University Hospital.

With all other elements of an integrated environment in place, we were ready to announce our medical university with two colleges – the existing Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for postgraduates, the College of Medicine for undergraduates, as well as our affiliations with a research entity and a teaching hospital.

In 2014, the University was established and blessed with the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. In January 2015, we signed an academic partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities.

In January 2016, just three years since the inauguration of the Academic Medical Center, we achieved initial accreditation from the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program at the College of Medicine - a program that will accept its first student intake in September of 2016.

Back to the present. We already have a thriving clinical community in Dubai Healthcare City – a great backdrop for future graduates and postgraduates. We will continue to establish collaborations with strategic healthcare and academic institutions.

We will strive for the highest teaching standards and appoint top international, regional and local faculty. We will create an ideal learning environment.

In due course, we will achieve diversity on campus, a high density of research students, and stake a claim to significant research in this region and on a world stage. And we have started this journey by building academic reputation.

H.E. Dr Raja Al Gurg
Vice-Chairperson  of MBRU Board of Trustees & Vice-Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority Board of Directors 

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Building 14, Dubai Healthcare City
P.O Box 505055, Dubai UAE

Phone: 800 MBRU (6278)
Email: info@mbru.ac.ae

©Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences 2017

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