Sheikh Khalifa Medical City's Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit Gains International Recognition


Press Release

Abu Dhabi's Flagship SEHA Facility Recognized as World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation Collaborating Centre for Training and Research

06 October 2015

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - The Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) has been recognized as a World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) Collaborating Centre for Training and Research, demonstrating the unit's unwavering dedication to leading psychiatric care.


The WAPR recognizes global leaders in the field of psychiatry to form a strong information exchange centre, enabling the sharing of quality research and best practices from around the world.

"The recent recognition from WAPR is an important achievement for our facility as it testifies our patient-centred quality care and expertise in the field. This prestigious achievement will provide our highly-qualified physicians, nurses and members of the psychiatric rehabilitation care with quality information resources from around the world, ensuring the team is constantly up-to-date on the best practices, and the latest scientific research. This will help make certain the best decisions are made with our patients." said Dr. Maha Al Ameri, Director of the Behaviour Science Pavilion at SKMC.

Established in 1986, WAPR is a multidisciplinary scientific association, and an advocacy group aiming to reduce the negative stigma associated with mental disorders, through the empowerment of mental health patients. The association serves as a key platform for global stakeholders to discuss updated and important issues within the mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation industry, and allows for an exchange of experiences to aid in the formulation of policies and research.

WAPR is a non-governmental organization, with consultative status in the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and the International Labour Office. The organization maintains close relations with the European Commission, the African Rehabilitation Institute, and many other international agencies.

"In achieving the medical centre's vision of providing our community with a healthier, and more productive life, SKMC's psychiatric rehabilitation department is consistently making efforts to educate the public, as well as our dedicated and passionate medical staff, on important developments in the field of psychiatry to continuously improve our psychiatric patient care. Our leading multidisciplinary approach has helped the department gain international recognition for psychiatric excellence, and we look forward to working closely with WAPR to ensure our patients are treated with the best care possible." Said Dr. Medhat Elsabbahy, Consultant Psychiatrist, Head of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Department of SKMC, and Deputy Vice President for the WAPR Eastern Mediterranean region.

Being the largest psychiatric centre in the UAE, the Behaviour Science Pavilion at SKMC serves as the nation's leading resource for clinical work, education and research, with special emphasis on multidisciplinary practices, and the integration of mental health services with other medical fields.

SKMC, which is managed by Cleveland Clinic, is a SEHA Health System facility.


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About SKMC managed by Cleveland Clinic
Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) is located in Abu Dhabi City, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and operates under the management of Cleveland Clinic, consistently named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. SKMC is owned by SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, which oversees operations of all public hospitals in the emirate. SKMC is the flagship institution for the public health system in Abu Dhabi and has several 'Centres of Excellence and aspires to practice contemporary medicine comparable to the best hospitals and medical centres in the world. SKMC provides comprehensive healthcare services in all of the disciplines relevant to the needs and priorities of the community to attain the highest levels of patient satisfaction.

SKMC, the largest hospital and medical city in the UAE, consists of 586-bed tertiary hospital, 14 outpatient specialty clinics and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, all of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). SKMC is also accredited as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Centre with Primary Angioplasty Intervention; and is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for its Main Laboratory and the Abu Dhabi Blood Bank. In addition, SKMC manages a 125-bed Behavioral Sciences Pavilion and an Urgent Care Centre. For further information, please contact us at  or visit

About the SEHA HealthSystem and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA)
SEHA is health in Arabic.  The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC- whose marketing identity is SEHA - is an independent, public joint stock company created to develop the curative activities of the public healthcare system in Abu Dhabi. The company owns and operates all the public hospitals and clinics of the emirate of Abu Dhabi which together make up the SEHA HealthSystem. SEHA is committed to providing high quality, cost effective healthcare in a socially responsible way on par with international standards measured through accessibility, affordability, choice and satisfaction.  SEHA has partnered with internationally recognised hospital managers to achieve these goals.  These include Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, VAMED, Vienna Medical University and Bumrungrad International. SEHA owns and operates 12 hospitals with 2,644 beds, 62 ambulatory care, family care and urgent care centres and 2 blood banks. SEHA is one of the largest integrated healthcare providers in the Middle East, with 16,500 doctors, nurses, ancillary care and administrative personnel in its employ. Visit our website at