Our Government and leaders are committed to the health of all who live here. While most employers tend to cover the health costs of their employees, as of February 2014 it became compulsory by law.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) runs the Dubai, Rashid, Al Baraha (aka Kuwaiti), Maktoum and Al Wasl hospitals. Dubai Hospital is renowned as one of the best medical centres in the Middle East, while Al Wasl is a specialised maternity and paediatric hospital. DHA also operates a number of outpatient clinics.
Health insurance is now mandatory for all nationals, residents and visitors in the emirate. Employers are still responsible for their employees, and must pay a Health Benefits Contribution that covers the cost of your healthcare and contributes to our public healthcare system. Employers may also provide additional health insurance. Levels of coverage vary depending on the policy. It’s important to note that dental care and screening tests are not usually standard.
Most pharmacies are open from around 9am to 11pm, Saturday to Thursday (although some close for lunch between 1pm and 4pm). Most are also open on Fridays, from 4pm to 10pm. There are a number of pharmacies that are open 24 hours.
Dubai’s various private hospitals and clinics have high standards. American Hospital, Welcare Hospital (now called Mediclinic Welcare Hospital), Medcare and Al Zahra Private Hospital are popular. The Iranian Hospital, while not funded by the UAE government, also provides subsidised healthcare. In addition, there are several clinics across Dubai, such as NMC, that provide a range of medical services and specialty healthcare.