The UAE has a high standard of health care, both private and public as the medical profession regulated by the Department of Health which ensures the quality is maintained high.

All residents have health insurance and hold a medical card. For expatriate employees and their dependents this is provided by their employers. This insurance offers free or subsidized health care services.

The UAE has introduced a national control programme to control entry of HIV into the country and prevent transmission. All expatriates arriving to the emirates must pass a medical test for HIV, hepatitis and tuberculosis before residency can be approved.

Some prescription drugs and over the counter medicines are not allowed in the UAE. If an original prescription or doctor’s letter is submitted, a supply of 12 months is permitted for a resident and of 3 months for a visitor. To ensure a medication is permitted in the UAE, the customer service centre of the Drug Control Department may be contacted to enquire is the drug is in the controlled list.

Dubai Health Care City, the world’s first healthcare free zone aims to provide high quality healthcare services, medical education and research in one place. It is divided in two communities, the Medical Community, focusing on clinical services for treatment and prevention of disease and the Wellness Community, within which the entire range of wellness services are found, from hospitals and outpatient clinics through to luxury spa resorts.