Future Projects Strategic Plan

The National Rehabilitation Centre’s revised Five-Year Strategic Plan 2016-2020 aligned with Abu Dhabi’s Strategic Plan which mirrors the orientations of the leadership in terms of (To continue to create a confident, secure society and to build a sustainable, open and globally competitive economy). Emirate of Abu Dhabi Plan contains phase-based objectives and programmes which stretch over five years and put into practice through strategic plan’s project of governments entities.

The National Rehabilitation Centre falls under the umbrella of social development sector and contributes towards achieving the objective related to (a social development which guarantees a decent life for members of society) through the program of (providing comprehensive care for addicts) which aims at:

  • Enhancement of prevention and awareness aspects for individuals and society against addiction
  • Provide advice, guidance and counselling services to addicts
  • Provide follow up services for addicts and their families to ensure they are socially settled
  • Develop programmes for reintegration of addicts in society which provide learning and employment opportunities


The following diagram shows the alignment of the NRC’s Strategic Plan with the Vision and Plan of Abu Dhabi Emirate:-


The NRC’s Strategic plan involves six priorities (as detailed in the diagram below) which contribute in meeting the centre’s objectives within the Emirate as well as contributing in improving the main services provided through a set of projects.


This priority focusses on attempting to reduce the burden of addiction disease in the country through developing and putting into practice prevention and awareness raising programmes which aim at educating society and reducing alcohol and drug addiction trends; in addition to addiction disease surveillance via an analysis of the current situation of addiction in the country and develop a mechanism which supply of the centre with data on collaboration and liaising with partners (HAAD, SEHA,  Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Ministry of Health and others).

At present, the centre works hard to contribute in reducing the burden of addiction disease on patients through a set of mechanisms such as scientific research and various studies in addition to activating a system to propose impact-bearing policies and legislations capable of reducing and treating addiction phenomenon.

To realize this priority, the centre shall strive to liaise with local and international partners with the view of succeeding in these initiatives. Furthermore, the centre will have to adopt strategies to ensure development in the field of research, education and promotional activities to give the best possible image of the centre and the United Arab Emirate.

The priority focuses on providing specialized treatment services compatible with different segments of society (men, women, adolescents…), nationals and non-nationals in addition to the services provided by the nursing team and the need to adoption and application of the best practices applicable in the field due to particularities of addiction patients and the medical, mental and psychological obstacles they face.  It is thus very important to develop the centre’s nursing team’s skills and capabilities besides the provision of excellent and internationally accredited medical support services in the areas of laboratories, pharmacology and medical records.

The main challenges facing the centre are to ascertain a sufficient number and required capabilities of medical staff in order to provide science-based medical services and this requires an endorsement of partnerships with international organizations and treatment centres specialized in addiction as a prelude to the inauguration of the new 169 bed facility of the centre which is located in Shakhboot City. It is anticipated that demand of the centre’s services will increase coupled with the rapid change in addiction patterns and comorbidity which necessitate the availability of distinguished and state of the art medical treatment services. To meet this priority, the centre will have to ensure the provision of a team which hold the appropriate skills to provide the treatment and rehabilitation services and programs and to develop treatment and rehabilitation programs that are based on best practices.

The objective of this priority is to reintegrate recovered patients back into society and this can be attained through putting into practice aftercare programs, provide them with the needed support to go back to work and manage their lives in a manner that helps them to reintegrate in social life. In addition to supporting recovered patients to get suitable job opportunities or get trained to be ready for the job market.  Currently, the centre provides training in some areas such as computing and language learning. It also collaborates with a number of public entities which specialize in giving consultancy on how to run small businesses.

During the forthcoming plan’s phase, the centre aims at reopening the ‘Half-Way-House’ after developing its services. It is seen as a middle step which follows the treatment and rehabilitation program before the recovered patient leaves to regain his place back in society.

The main obstacles which shall face the centre is cooperating with government entities and non-governmental organizations in an attempt to join efforts to reduce the social stigma of addiction and its patients, secure job and training opportunities for the center’s graduates. Amongst the challenges is lack of awareness and education to accept and support patients’ recovery. To achieve this priority, the centre has to liaise with ministries, governmental and non-governmental entities in order to provide the necessary support to recovered patients as part of social responsibility of those institutions.

This priority contributes in achieving a comprehensive care program for addicts as indicated in Abu Dhabi’s Plan as it focusses on enlarging the scope of services provided by the centre to cover a broader geographic area as providing services in the Eastern and Western Regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, take into consideration the patients’ circumstances and provide them with treatment services that satisfy their requirements. This priority also includes plans to operate the centre’s 169-bed capacity permanent facility in Shakhboot City which will represent a quantum leap in terms of number of beds and human capabilities it employs in addition to the endeavor to provide treatment services for a charge and inclusion of treatment and rehabilitation of addiction patients within health insurance of the country as well as to provide treatment and rehabilitation services for inmates in the Emirate.

The main challenges which will face this priority to open annexes or clinics in different regions/towns in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi such as in Al Ain and the Western Region are the provision of the necessary human resources to operate such enlargement. Add to this the setting of new treatment services-related partnerships with existing entities in the country to provide treatment and rehabilitation services in the widest scope.

Through this priority, the National Rehabilitation Centre aims to bolster the centre’s status as the main reference in the field of addiction science in the country through strengthening the cooperation and partnerships with international addiction organizations and centres such as World Health Organizations, International Society for Addiction Medicine and others as well as putting into practice joint projects which contribute in developing treatment and rehabilitation services and realize the centre’s vision to become a leading centre of excellence in the field of addiction sciences.

It is also important to cooperate with similar centres in the Gulf and the Arab World to exchange with them the centre’s experience and know-how with the view of developing the treatment and rehabilitation services they provide.

This priority targets developing a large volume of programs, practices and approaches designed to assist in the development of the centre and achieve its vision to become a leading center of excellence through reliance on institutional quality and excellence standards on local level. This can be attained through participation and adoption of Abu Dhabi Excellence Government Performance Award’s standards and requirement, JCIA’s accreditation requirements in addition to environment, health and safety requirement and develop plans to ensure continuity of work in the centre during crises and emergency situations.

The centre also strives through this priority to attain the most efficient use of current IT systems and put into practice e-governance services requirement during the next few years. Besides, it strives to support, employ and develop human resources especially the nationals and join them to training programs in the field of addiction sciences in collaboration with local and international education institutions.