UAE or United Arab Emirates is southeastern Arabian Peninsula country on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia, while sharing sea borders with Iran and Qatar. Population of UAE is 10 million out of which only 1.5 million are Emirate citizen rest are foreigners. Arabic is official language while English is widely spoken and understood. The country is federation of 7 states. Abu Dhabi serves as capital. UAE is rich developed Muslim country with diverse economy.
Health care system is organized by Ministry of Health of United Arab Emirates. Currently there are 105 registered health care facilities in UAE. In Dubai, Dubai Health Authority and in Abu Dhabi, Health Authority of Abu Dhabi are governing health authorities which are responsible for implementing health policies and strategies in these states. While for other 5 states ( Ajman, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain) Ministry of Health is health regulatory authority. UAE is one of the popular destination for medical tourism.
Life expectancy is generally high in UAE.
Health Profile of UAE can be seen here
Undergraduate medical education
Undergraduate medical education in UAE starts after 12 year of schooling. Selection into medical programs is competitive and an entry exam is required to pass.
College of Medicine of Gulf Medical University offers 5 year MBBS program with an additional one year compulsory internship. Upon completion of internship students will be awarded with degree of MBBS.
College of medicine and Health Sciences of United Arab Emirates University offers four year MD program after 2 years of premedical studies in CMH .
Upon graduation doctors can either choose to study further postgraduate courses, apply for residency training program or work as general practitioners in public or private sector.
Emirates Medical Students Society is also actively managing some events for medical students in UAE.
Residency training in Emirates are mainly offered by DHA known as Dubai Residency Training Program(DRTP) and by HAAD known as TANSEEQ. Entry into residency training is very competitive and UAE nationals are preferred. However foreign medical graduates can enter into residency training if they fulfill criteria and pass entry examination and interview. Detailed information about residency training are given below:
Getting license to work as medical practitioner in UAE depends on state you want to work in.
For Abu Dhabi Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducts licensing examination for foreign medical graduates and delivers license. For Dubai it is Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and for other five states there is Ministry of Health (MOH) licensing exam.
License is issued only upon successful completion of examination and documentation. Foreign medical graduates can apply for licensing examination on the relevant sites and after passing it they will be issued license to practice medicine in UAE.
However there are certain exemption criteria for doctors if they fit in they will not be required to sit for written examination. However interview might be conducted (where required) before issuance of license.
As of new policy, Registration/license is unified in UAE and now after getting license from one authority doctors can convert into license for other authority within UAE provided they have 6 months of clinical experience. For more details visit DHA license section , HAAD website Licensing section and MOH website Licensing section
See below eligibility and examination section for more details
1. For Residency programs
Dubai Residency Training Program (DRTP) is conducted by Dubai Health Authority.
Eligibility criteria for entry into this program:
- Basic medical qualification from WHO listed university and one year internship completion
- Passing the Pre-Entry Evaluation written Examination
- Passing interview
For selection criteria and specialties offered check DRTP guide
Like DHA, HAAD also has separate residency training program which is known as TANSEEQ
2. For Licensing Exams
There is general Health care Professional Qualification requirements for all three DHA, MOH, HAAD exams,. Healthcare Professionals Qualification Requirements By MOH,HAAD,DHA
1. Examination for Licensing/registration as GP/Specialists
MOH licence Examination for practicing in other 5 states of the country.
2. Residency Entry Examination
3. Exemption criteria
Exemption from licensing examination for foreign medical graduates for:
For GP it is 20000-35000 AED/month.
1. Residency Entry Procedure
For Dubai (DRTP)
For Abu Dhabi (TANSEEQ)
2. Licensing Procedure
For DHA license.
First go to this login page and make an account fill online application and upload all required documents. Pay initial documents assessment fee. Then you will have to pay fee for Primary Source verification (PSV) which will verify your documents and it takes some time. Keep emailing them to know the status of your application. Meanwhile you can select DHA license assessment/examination date from prometric website and pay their fee. Once approved go and pass this MCQ based computer exam. You will be issued with eligibility letter. Go to Dubai on one month visitor visa and find job and get labor card and insurance there. One done pay the license fee and get DHA license.
For HAAD License
Please follow these steps:
- Click here to submit the application online along with required documents through Data Flow (a verification company)
- You will receive an email with the payment methods for the Data Flow with your application number.
- After completion of verification process you will receive an email with new username and password to complete your application through the HAAD website.
- Once approved, register for the exam. (More information on the exam criteria).
- Pay fees once the licensing request is approved.
- You will receive license via courier
Unlike DHA license exam. HAAD license exam is conducted by Pearson VUE
For MOH license
For more information refer to Healthcare Professionals Qualification Requirements By MOH,HAAD,DHA license and licensing process
List of documents generally required for MOH, HAAD and DHA license application are:
For general practitioners:
- Basic medical qualification degree/diploma and transcript
- One year Internship certificate
- License/registration certificate from home country or country of last employment
- Good standing certificate from health authority of home country or country of last employment
- 2 year work experience certificate
For specialists (additional qualification diploma/degree/certificate)
For full detail about documents, eligibility criteria, and other licensing procedure following documents m must be read
Postgraduate Medical Education
Gulf Medical University offers several master degree courses into administrative and medical research areas. Also College of Medicine and Health Sciences of University of Arab Emirates offer graduate courses for health professionals.
Emirates Medical Association regularly conducts Continuous Medical Education (CME) programs for doctors and other health professionals.
For continuing medical Education and professional development HAAD conducts regular courses, lectures, seminars and conferences to enhance knowledge of health professionals. CME activities by HAAD can be found here
Apart from DHA license services for medical professionals DHA also offers some continuous medical education opportunities which can be registered for here