19 Feb 2015 10:30
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will become the first company in Abu Dhabi with an onsite medical facility to support the visa application process for thousands of employees and their dependents in the UAE.
An agreement was
signed today with Ambulatory
Healthcare Services – SEHA to operate the facility and
provide visa medical services, such as x-rays, blood tests and physical
examinations, for approximately 45,000 Etihad Airways employees and 7,000
dependents by 2018. The facility, located at Etihad Plaza in Khalifa City, Abu
Dhabi, will open in August 2015.
Dr Nadia Bastaki, Vice President Medical Services at Etihad Airways,
said: “Etihad Airways and its subsidiaries are expected to have more than
30,000 employees based in the United Arab Emirates by 2018. As one of the
country’s largest employers, we pride ourselves on offering best-in-class services
to our fast-growing workforce of Emiratis and expatriates.
“This onsite visa medical centre will reinforce Etihad Airways as an
employer of choice, allowing new employees and those renewing visas in the UAE
to undertake their mandatory medical examination in a modern, comfortable and exclusive
environment at our head office complex, while minimising the time taken away
from work. It will form a vital component in our health and wellbeing offering,
and we are delighted to work with SEHA on this project.”
Dr Mariam Buti Al Mazreoui, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Ambulatory
Healthcare Services – SEHA, said: “We at Ambulatory Healthcare Services - SEHA
are committed to ensuring that our partners have easy and convenient access to
our services, especially when it comes to services that are high in demand,
such as the visa medical services. As part of this priority, AHS continues to
broaden its healthcare network in tune with the evolving requirements in order
to provide our clients with a seamless experience and maximum convenience.”
The facility is the latest addition to the airline’s extensive range of
health and wellbeing services for employees based in the UAE capital, and
follows the introduction last year of a staff ambulance service and travel
clinic for those travelling for work purposes. A dedicated ‘Care by Etihad Airways’ service, which provides welfare
support to the airline’s crew and pilots, will be extended to all staff and
their dependents later this year.
Abu Dhabi based employees also have access to world-class medical care at the
Etihad Airways Medical Centre, including full
laboratory services, physiotherapy, radiology, dental, nutrition counselling, ENT
services, primary care, and aviation health services.
The centre, which is regulated
by Health Authority - Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the UAE General Civil Aviation
Authority (GCAA), was awarded the ‘Clinic of the Year 2013’ by GCAA in
recognition of its status as one the leading aero-medical centres in the UAE.
It is also located at Etihad Plaza and staffed by nearly 30 medical experts,
including 10 fully-qualified doctors.