The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) celebrated today the success of the Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre (DGFC) in bringing hope and joy to thousands of families who dream of conceiving a baby. During the celebrations, DHA announced that DGFC has become the first fertility centre in the region to successfully achieve a ‘Diamond-level’ accreditation from Accreditation Canada International (ACI) for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and Leadership standards during the reaccreditation survey. This is the highest level of accreditation award from Accreditation Canada. This was achieved by the centre after it has successfully scored 99.5 per cent. Since its inception in 1991, until June this year, the centre announced that around 4,790 births took place as a result of the fertility treatments provided by the centre. During the “Year of Tolerance” around 100 babies were born. His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declared the year 2019 as the “Year of Tolerance” highlighting the UAE as a global capital for acceptance through its legislative and policy goals. The DHA celebrated this success by adding the names and nationalities of all babies born this year to a Ghaf tree, as the logo of the “Year of Tolerance” is inspired by the Ghaf tree, which is UAE's national tree. The event was attended by His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA, DHA officials and Dubai Gynecology and Fertility Centre staff led by Hana Tahrawah, the Director of the centre. Commenting on the success of the centre and on the centre’s success in achieving the Diamond accreditation, Al Qutami said: “DGFC has made a notable mark locally and internationally in the field of gynaecology and fertility by providing specialised and super specialised services. This accreditation is a testimony to the success of the centre and reflects the international levels of care provided at the centre.” He added that the centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and has highly experienced staff. He said that the centre has become a preferred destination for couples seeking fertility treatments in the UAE and abroad. Commenting on the Ghaf Tree initiative, Al Qutami said that it is in line with the authority’s many planned initiatives and activities that are line with the Year of Tolerance. The event was concluded with an award ceremony where the medical and administrative staff who contributed to the centre’s achievements were honoured. The Dubai Gynaecology and Fertility Centre was inaugurated in 1991. It receives around 2,300 to 2,600 couples annually. In 2018, the centre achieved a pregnancy success rate of 64 per cent, which is higher than the international standard rate. Since its inception, it has received around 22,600 families, out of which 56 per cent are UAE nationals and 44 per cent are expats and medical tourists.