Foster + Partners-designed heart centre in Cairo begins construction

Construction has begun on the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre Cairo, the newest outpost of the Aswan Heart Centre founded by Egyptian surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub, with the project being designed by Foster + Partners.

Named after Egyptian-British cardiac surgeon Dr. Magdi Yacoub, the specialised facility will provide free-of-charge cardiovascular care to patients across the Arab world.

Speaking about the project, founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, said: “New Aswan Heart Centre offers free-of-charge medical services to the Egyptian people, particularly the underprivileged.”

“Lush and verdant, this oasis of paths and parks promotes wellbeing. With its passive design strategy, it is an exemplar of sustainability, responding to the needs of patients and to its locale.”

Meanwhile, Sir Magdi Yacoub, said: “The new global heart centre [located] at the foot of the Pyramids exemplifies the ultimate facilities capable of achieving the objectives of the Magdi Yacoub Foundation, in terms of care, training and Research, at the highest level, directed at people , who need it the most.”

The site for the new hospital borders the Zewail City of Science and Technology. It forms a part of an integrated health and medical research zone.


The main access to the site is from the south through a pedestrian plaza with an intimate shaded route that leads to a welcoming canopy that marks the entrance. The ground floor of the heart centre comprises comprehensive diagnosis and treatment facilities, including an accident and emergency department, a large outpatient clinic, and rehabilitative departments.

Additionally, the facility also features several courtyards that bring natural light into the deep plan building, while also aiding orientation. Supporting the innovations of the centre, the surgical department and intensive care units are located close to each other. 

The healthcare facility also features eight intensive care units on the first floor, while the operating theatres within the centre are prefabricated.
The hospital also features support spaces for families to stay while the patients recuperate as well as classrooms and other educational spaces for medical students to engage within an active learning environment.


The unique design uses soft and warm colours throughout the interior, influenced by the psychology of colours and the Egyptian history.

In terms of external spaces, the centre features a green terrace on the second floor that provides a vital break-out space for the staff and visitors. It also features a large staff canteen, children’s nursery, and other collaborative meeting spaces for staff.

The Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre is expected to conduct 12,000 heart surgeries annually once complete, 70% of which will be targeted towards children.


Earlier this year, the Arab Hope Makers show announced that it would allocate the proceeds towards supporting the construction of the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre. 

Meanwhile, The Hussain Sajwani–DAMAC Foundation – which is a joint venture between DAMAC Properties and its chairman, Hussain Sajwani – had also pledged $820,000 (AED3m) to the Arab Hope Makers’ Humanitarian Cause of the Year initiative, which comprises the construction of the Magdi Yacoub Global Heart Centre in Egypt.

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