Our History

The National Rehabilitation Center ‘NRC’ was established upon the insightful directives of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan in 2002 to serve and provide a glimpse of hope for all drug addicts.

NRC endeavors to develop its services to better cater for the community needs following the latest scientific methods of drug addiction treatment. It also increased its capacity to accommodate the increasing referrals following Khalifa Medical City launch. Moreover, it opened two new units for adult and female addicts.

To better serve the needs of the UAE society, the center seeks to continually develop its services in line with the latest scientific approaches in the treatment and rehabilitation of addicted patients. Its specialty areas include setting up research and training centers, conducting seminars, conferences, workshops and training programs, awarding certifications in accordance with the relevant legislations, patient monitoring and follow-up, and establishing necessary programs to meet the evolving needs of patients.

NRC’s vision and strategy are well-aligned with Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 and its objectives of providing community-based services to families to educate them about the dangers of addiction to both individuals and society. It significantly contributes to curbing addiction through the effective rehabilitation of patients and their families.

The center's strategy focuses on a set of key priorities that aim to promote awareness around addiction, develop and offer specialized treatment services and programs based on scientific methods, provide rehabilitation and community integration services, and help improve the quality of addiction treatment regionally and internationally. In addition, it aims to play an active role in training and capacity building to cater to the growing demand for specialized addiction care.

NRC’s treatment philosophy is centered around a set of key values that support the country’s efforts to reduce all types of addiction through embracing a culture of excellence, community service, and customer happiness and respect. It places the confidentiality and privacy of its patients at the heart of everything it does to help the patients overcome addiction.

The relocation of NRC’s headquarters to its new premises in Shakhbout City in Abu Dhabi in May 2017 came as a major boost to the center to achieve it strategic priorities due to the many advantages it boasts. It consists of seven buildings over an area of 108,000 square meters. Its 169 beds inpatient facilities for both men and women offer various treatment programs that cater to the different treatment stages. It also has separate outpatient facilities for both men and women, an assessment facility for men, a facility for medical services, a mixed-use building, and a central block building. Other services include specialized clinics, and dedicated facilities to ensure the best treatment results for patients.

Since its inception, NRC has forged successful partnerships with prestigious medically and scientifically renowned local and international organization including the UAE University, McLean University Hospital in the USA, Kings University in Britain, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Center has also given due attention to awareness and drug prevention through launching various events and initiatives aimed at elevating societal awareness about the dangers of drugs. It has also signed cooperation agreements with the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and several leading school networks across the country due to the crucial role of education in shaping future generations.

NRC has recently set up a specialized institute to educate and train professionals in addiction and clinical practices. It is also actively involved in conducting addiction-related research and studies and presents its findings in various specialized local and international conferences. Furthermore, the center carries out surveys to build a reliable database on drug addiction in the country and provide valuable recommendations to help eliminate its medical, psychological, social and economic burden on the society.