Healthcare in Abu Dhabi

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Most expats are more than satisfied with the standard of healthcare in Abu Dhabi, though many Western foreigners still opt to return to their home countries for complicated surgeries or specialist procedures.

Healthcare in Abu DhabiBoth public and private healthcare facilities are available in Abu Dhabi, and the level of care and comfort are highly regarded across the board.

That said, many expats still hold onto the perspective that public facilities largely function as emergency service centres, and private facilities and clinics are more appropriate for everything else. Regardless of this viewpoint, however, an expat's specific health insurance coverage dictates in which hospitals they can receive treatment.

Doctors in Abu Dhabi are generally thought to be accessible, and service is prompt. For the most part, all workers speak English, though some are more proficient than others. Many health workers have received their education in the West, and it’s not unusual for expats to seek out professionals with accreditation from their home country.

High prices accompany healthcare in Abu Dhabi, but all expats are legally bound to have health insurance, which usually covers most of the costs. Where there are exceptions to this rule, expats will only have to finance a small co-pay.

Health insurance in Abu Dhabi


Health insurance is a mandatory prerequisite to obtaining a residence visa in Abu Dhabi, and is generally organised and financed by the employer.

Health insurance in Abu DhabiDepending on the company, expats will be granted local, international or both types of health insurance. It’s then the individual's responsibility to extend this coverage to their family, though expats in senior positions may be entitled to company coverage for their dependents as well.

The extent of a policy’s coverage often varies according to the job level of the assignee; however, for the most part, basic medical and dental are covered. Vision may or may not be included.

Once registered for a health insurance policy, expats will receive a health insurance card. Merely present this at the appointed hospital or clinic to receive care.


Pharmacies in Abu Dhabi

There are many pharmacies across Abu Dhabi, and most are open 24 hours a day.
Laws pertaining to drugs in the UAE are very strict, and certain medications, such as sleeping pills and anti-depressants, are prohibited from being sold over the counter. If expats need such medications, they will need a prescription.
Medicines in Abu Dhabi are generally expensive, and it’s best to keep the receipt if planning to claim from medical aid.

Health hazards in Abu Dhabi

The extreme summer heat in Abu Dhabi, particularly from June to September, is something that many expats may struggle to adjust to. Temperatures can average around 100°F (40°C) during this season, peaking in August. Many expats plan long family holidays during this period to escape the uncomfortably hot conditions.
As a result of the soaring temperatures, heatstroke, sunburn and dehydration are common ailments for expats living in Abu Dhabi, and sensible precautions are advised for those partaking in any outdoor activities.
Sand and dust storms are also common, and can aggravate any pre-existing respiratory problems.


Vaccinations for Abu Dhabi

No vaccinations are required for entry and residence in Abu Dhabi; however, a certificate is required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from an affected area. Tap water in the city centre is safe to drink, but elsewhere only bottled water should be consumed.

Expats must pass a health exam to be granted their residency visa, and those that test positive for HIV/AIDS and pulmonary tuberculosis will be denied entrance. Additionally, food handlers, housemaids, nannies and barbers must test for hepatitis B and syphilis.


Emergency services in Abu Dhabi

In the case of emergency, evacuation is not necessary from Abu Dhabi; local facilities are well-equipped and professionals are well-trained to handle most situations. Expats can dial 999 for any emergencies.

Healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi

Gulf Diagnostic Clinic
Khaleej Al Arabi Street
Tel: +971 2 665 8090
Al Noor Hospital
Airport Road, next to the Airport Road Park
Tel: +971 2 444 6655

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (Main Government Hospital)
Bateen Street, Al Manhal
Tel: +971 2 819 0000

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