Hospital health drive in Abu Dhabi
8 September 2012 Last updated at 15:51 BST
Healthcare spending in the Middle East is remarkably low, with an average of less that 5% of GDP spent on medical provision.
In a bid to address the issue the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has begun investing heavily in new hospitals, but is this the best way to ensure the the wellbeing of its population?
Katy Watson reports.