Both private and public healthcare services are available in the UAE, with English speaking staff and internationally trained medical staff in most facilities; the main difference being personal service and dorm style rooms rather than private hotel-style rooms (and food!).

Dubai Healthcare City
Established in 2002, Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) provides high-standards of healthcare to residents across the city. Dedicated to excellence and patient-priority, DHCC has two hospitals covering an extensive range of specialties. In the heart of the emirate, DHCC has more than 120 medical centres offering round-the-clock expert care in state-of-the-art medical facilities. Across this impressive range of clinics, DHCC has 4,000 registered healthcare professionals who respond to every medical request whether it's paediatrics you need or your nearest pharmacy. To find a GP practitioner or locate a clinic, visit for more information.

Healthcare for employees
Employers can choose to provide access to healthcare for its employees: either the employer pays for a private medical insurance policy, or it pays the cost of obtaining a health card for each employee, which can be used to receive healthcare at any government hospital. Under a new law introduced in January 2014, Dubai companies with 1,000 or more employees must cover their staff with private health insurance before the end of October 2014; smaller companies with 100-999 employees will have until the end of July 2015, and companies below 100 employee have until end of June 2016 to cover their employees.

Health insurance
Health insurance packages, which must come from a government approved provider, cover all essential health services including emergency care, access to GPs, referral to specialists, tests and investigations, surgical procedures and maternity care. The new legislation also states that employee’s spouses and children must also have health cover – but this may be at the employee’s own expense. It is also mandatory for sponsors to provide domestic workers – nannies and maids – with health insurance.

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