10 January 2011
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler and UAE Minister of Finance, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
The award ceremony attended by College President John Black and other senior Council Members took place on the 15th December at the Zabeed Palace in Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan received the distinction for his longstanding commitment to surgical and medical service delivery in the UAE, and his ongoing commitment to advancing medical education in the region through international collaborations with the UK.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan has been President of the Dubai Health Authority (formerly the Department of health and medical services) since its inception in 1969. It now encompasses four main hospitals providing secondary and tertiary care, and a number of peripheral health clinics throughout the emirate providing comprehensive primary health care services to all the population.
Through the Al Maktoum Charity Foundation, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan has supported the development of the Dubai Medical College, enabling partnership with the Dubai Health Authority to deliver clinical undergraduate training.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan has also been a keen advocate of continuous medical education, and has facilitated collaborative work with several UK institutions including Medical Royal Colleges.
Beyond the Dubai Emirate, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan has established a centre for cardiac surgery in the Yemen and a fully equipped maternity ward in Afghanistan.