Having A Baby

The standard of maternity healthcare in Dubai, either private or government, is excellent. As long as you have insurance or the means to pay, there is no reason to return to your home country to give birth. It’s also easier to get by with one income in Dubai, meaning that many mothers get to stay at home with their new babies rather than having to return to work. And, you will have access to cheap childcare and babysitting services here. 

Maternity leave
Maternity leave is paltry: just 45 days paid leave, and no paternity leave. You can take another month unpaid, provided your employer agrees. If you need extra time for medical reasons, you can take up to 100 days, although this is only granted upon production of a medical certificate from your doctor.

Support network
In the absence of the family support network you may have had back home, there are, fortunately, strong networks of other parents who meet up regularly and offer plenty of help to each other; for example, see dubaimums.com and expatwoman.com

Bear in mind that once the baby's born, you'll have a fair bit of red tape to tackle, and many of the following processes need to be completed within a specific time frame. The next steps are to: 
  • Apply for a UAE birth certificate.
  • Register the birth with your home country.
  • Apply for a birth certificate from your home country. 
  • Apply for a passport for your newborn.
  • Apply for a residence visa for your newborn.

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