Executive Team

Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif

Dr. Amer Ahmad Sharif

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Education Sector

Dr Sharif leads the education sector within the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) free zone. The sector oversees the development of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU), part of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center (MBR-AMC).

As CEO, he has broadened the reach of the University, established in 2014 to advance individual and community healthcare status in the UAE. He has guided the University since inception, strengthening collaborations with international academic institutions – the Queen’s University Belfast, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, also in the UK.

Dr Sharif has been instrumental in raising the profile of the University through its academic programs at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed College of Dental Medicine for dental postgraduates and the College of Medicine which will welcome its first cohort of undergraduates in 2016.

He is responsible for oversight of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center, Dubai Healthcare City’s dedicated academic complex, home to learning resources - Al Maktoum Medical Library and the Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center, and its infrastructure, comprising auditorium and education suites and lecture halls. The resources are accessible to students and faculty of the MBRU as well as to healthcare professionals.

He advises on medical education events and conferences at MBR-AMC, and was integral to the launch in 2014 of the UAE Clinical Simulation Conference to introduce simulation training in medical education in the region in collaboration with the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM).

Prior to joining DHCC in March 2013, he was the Director of Healthcare Operations - Hospital Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority. He dedicated a substantial portion of his 10-year tenure to medical education and research projects in workforce development, handling leadership roles including Health Systems Advisor, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Continuing Education Department.

An academic, Dr Amer has authored and published several papers with a focus on the challenges of the UAE’s health system and health policy.

He is a regular speaker at industry events and a guest lecturer.

Dr Amer has a Medical Degree from the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), UAE University, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI). He enjoys football, travelling and languages.


Additions to existing list of publications;

The "Arab World" is Not a Useful Concept When Addressing Challenges to Public Health, Public Health

Education, and Research in the Middle East.

Blair I, Grivna M, Sharif AA.

Front Public Health. 2014 Apr 9;2:30. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00030. eCollection 2014.

Financing health care in the United Arab Emirates.

Taha NF, Sharif AA, Blair I.

World Hosp Health Serv. 2013;49(2):33-9.

PMID: 24228347

Dr Ramadan Al Blooshi

Dr Ramadan Al Blooshi

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR)

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR), an independent regulatory arm of Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City free zone, a health and wellness destination.

DHCR is responsible for the licensure of all healthcare professionals and healthcare operators and setting and maintaining international best practice in healthcare delivery and patient care within the world’s largest free zone, occupying more than 26 million square feet in the heart of Dubai.

Prior to joining in October 2014, Dr Ramadan was the Director of the Health Regulation Department at Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Committed to raising the standards of healthcare delivery, he played an instrumental role in establishing clinical governance in the emirate. He was also tasked with leading medical tourism strategy and setting up policies in healthcare practice in both government and private sectors.

His journey into governance was preceded by clinical roles - three years as internist with the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) and two years as a gastroenterologist at Rashid Hospital.

In his career, he has demonstrated expertise in areas including registration and regulation of facilities and professionals; inspection of healthcare facilities; customer care; polices and standards; complaints management; health informatics; and medical tourism.

Dr Ramadan holds a Masters’ degree in business administration (MBA) from the Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, and in Science (gastroenterology) from the Queen Mary University, London, UK. In addition, he holds an Executive Diploma in Public Administration from the National University of Singapore.

He is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He is also a participant of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development (MBRPLD), an innovative leadership programme designed to develop future national leaders capable of promoting the sustainable development of Dubai.

Outside work, Dr Ramadan enjoys traveling and water sports.

Dr Amer Al Zarooni

Dr Amer Al Zarooni

Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Medical (DHCM)

Dr Amer Al Zarooni is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dubai Healthcare City Medical (DHCM), the healthcare vertical of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, the governing body of the Dubai Healthcare City free zone.

Dr Al Zarooni leads DHCM’s healthcare portfolio, strengthening the free zone’s position as an internationally-recognized health and wellness destination.

In his role, he is responsible for DHCM’s strategy and management of the vertical’s network of specialized healthcare network. He oversees DHCM’s operating framework, ensuring programs and services are delivered at the highest standards.

Prior to his appointment in February 2017, Dr Al Zarooni was the Chief Medical Officer at Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations (ADNOC Onshore) – Medical Division. In his career of over 13 years, Dr Al Zarooni has held senior positons in the UAE’s health sector with leading institutions such as Hatta Hospital, Rashid Hospital and Airport Medical Centres under Dubai Health Authority.

Dr Al Zarooni holds Bachelors’ Degrees in Medicine and in Surgery, and a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Management from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration program at the SBS Swiss Business School. He enjoys football, fishing and reading.