Our Awards & Accreditations

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi remains compliant with the highest healthcare quality and patient safety standards as set by global accreditation and regulatory authorities.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Officially the Number One Hospital in UAE and GCC According to Prestigious Global Rankings.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, a Mubadala Health partner, has been ranked the best hospital in the UAE and GCC by the World’s Best Hospitals list. It is also the only hospital in the GCC to make the top 200 list.

The prestigious global rankings are collated by Newsweek, in collaboration with global market research and consumer data company Statista Inc. The 2023 listing includes entries from over 2,300 hospitals in 28 countries.

The World’s Best Hospitals rankings serve as the definitive guide to the very best medical institutions around the globe. The continued delivery of high-quality patient care during a global pandemic was this year recognized as one the determining factors for success

The ranking is testament to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s commitment to bringing world class care closer to home, to supporting the elevation of the UAE healthcare sector, and to always putting patients first.

Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH) Muashir Assessment, The Abu Dhabi Quality Index

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been ranked as ‘Outstanding’ by the DoH’s Muashir assessment, a quality index which evaluates standards of patient care from healthcare providers within the Emirate. Achieving the highest available rating of ‘5 Diamonds’, our hospital was recognized for its timely and effective care for patients, staff satisfaction and drive for innovation

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ACGME-I Institutional Accreditation

As of July 2018, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was awarded institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I).

As of July 2020, the hospital received program accreditation for the Transitional Year (Physician Internship) and Internal Medicine residency programs.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is currently in the process of seeking program accreditation of its other Graduate Medical Education (GME) Programs.

Magnet® Accreditation


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi earned Magnet® accreditation in 2019, and is the first hospital in the UAE, and the ‘youngest’ ever to receive the internationally recognized credential of excellence in healthcare.


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ABRET- Neurodiagnostic Credentialing and Accreditation awarded to EEG Laboratory

The EEG Laboratory at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been accredited by ABRET, the Neurological Credentialing and Accreditation body. ABRET’s goal is to ensure stringent EEG laboratory and study quality standards, as outlined by the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. This is the first time that this certificate of accreditation has been awarded in the UAE. The accreditation is testament to the EEG Laboratory’s dedication to quality and reinforces confidence for patients and referring physicians.

ACR Accreditation for Imaging Institute

ACR Accreditation for Imaging Institute

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Imaging Institute has received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in the following modalities: Ultrasound, MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine, and for PET-CT in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi - Al Ain.

Recognized globally as the gold standard in medical imaging, ACR accreditation offers assurance to patients that the highest levels of image quality and safety are being provided, through adherence to stringent requirements for equipment, medical personnel, and quality assurance.

IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Program COE Designation

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program has been designated as a Centre of Excellence (COE) by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Awarded to institutions that have created programs led by infectious diseases professionals that advance science in antimicrobial resistance, and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based best-practice guidelines, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is the only institution outside of the US to receive this prestigious designation.

Joint Commission International (JCI) Gold Seal of Approval

The JCI Gold Seal of Approval is a globally-recognized accreditation that reflects an organization’s commitment to best practices in quality and patient safety. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi received the JCI Gold Seal of Approval after only 19 months of operations.

Hospitality Assured Accreditation

Hospitality Assured Accreditation is a standard for service and business excellence in the hospitality industry. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s accredited departments include Food Services, Patient Support Services, Protective Services, Facilities Operations & Maintenance, General Services and its in-house fitness facility, Layaqa.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography

IAC accreditation programs have one common mission: “Improving health care through accreditation®”, and are widely respected by the medical community. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Heart & Vascular Institute is the second international facility outside of the United States to be  IAC accredited in Echocardiography in the three areas of Adult Stress, Adult Transesophageal and Adult Transthoracic.

ACGME-I Institutional Accreditation

As of July 2018, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was awarded institutional accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and is currently in the process of seeking program accreditation.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Accreditation for PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program has received full accreditation from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). The organization represents pharmacists serving patients in acute and ambulatory settings and is at the forefront of improving standards of medication and patient safety within healthcare.

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Recognition from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

Setting the standard in pharmacist education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) works with organizations to ensure excellence within the profession. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was awarded accreditation from the ACPE in 2015, allowing the institution to accredit continuing education courses and activities in alignment with best practice standards set out by the internationally recognized agency

HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM) Stage 7

HIMSS Stage 7 is an international benchmark for the use of advanced IT in order to improve patient care. There are eight HIMSS stages (0 – 7), with the final Stage 7 representing the most advanced patient record environment. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is the first UAE healthcare facility, and the second in the GCC, to achieve HIMSS Stage 7.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation program is a worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance, improving patient safety by ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements. CAP has accredited Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Anatomic Pathology Laboratory

Department of Health Designations

  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is a Designated Teaching Hospital by Department of Health
  • Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is an Official Stroke Center for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) JAWDA 2015 People’s Choice Award

The JAWDA People’s Choice Award is based on a patient experience survey of more than 40,000 patients, which was commissioned independently by HAAD. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi was awarded the People’s Choice Award in the large hospital category.

Middle East HR Excellence Awards

The Middle East HR Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of individuals, departments, teams or organizations to the regional HR industry. Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi won the Nationalization Initiative of the Year award for efforts in attracting and retaining Emirati talent, as well as the Innovation in Recruitment Award.

UHC Global Mobility Certificate

The UHC Global Mobility Certification program identifies facilities around the world that can deliver optimal healthcare to UnitedHealthcare Global’s members. In receiving this award, CCAD has been recognized as offering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to globally mobile populations.

Arab Board Accreditation

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has been awarded institutional and program Arab Board accreditation in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Ophthalmology and ENT.


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