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Useful facts on the Healthcare Service in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates are known for high standards in the healthcare system. It is free for the citizens of the Emirates. Ministry of Health & Prevention, led by Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis, takes all necessary measures to improve medical institutions and services throughout the country. It annually arranges a medical exhibition called the Arab Health Exhibition & Congress aimed at sharing information about advanced technologies and unite the leading professionals in the area. No wonder, that the UAE has recently become a centre of health tourism in the Middle East. About 12 million people visit Dubai for the purpose of medical tourism.

The biggest hospitals of the UAE are Al Mafraq Hospital and Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, Dubai HealthCare City and Dubai Mall Medical Centre, Al Qassimi Hospital in Sharjah. There are 40 public hospitals in the UAE.

Those who want to visit or move to the UAE must take into account problems visitors usually face in the UAE (typically related to heat). There is a contrast between the temperatures outside the buildings that can reach up to 40 °С and indoors which is air-conditioned. This leads to sunburns and catching colds.

The system of healthcare is divided into private and public sectors. Public hospitals provide services to the citizens of the UAE for free. Private hospitals require an insurance policy. As for foreign citizens, the law about insurance policies for them is currently under consideration. A foreign citizen can get free help in one of the UAE hospitals in case of emergency. If you have a Health Card, you can get medical help in one of the UAE public hospitals. It is obtained as soon as you get a resident visa and has to be renewed annually.

All hospitals in the United Arab Emirates are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Professionals working in them are highly qualified. Besides, it is a perfect balance of value for money. The best developed medical directions encompass сardio-surgery and cardiology, dentistry, orthopedics, oncology, endocrinology, and traumatology.


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