As the UAE's reputation as a global business centre continues to grow and more British nationals are moving there, good health insurance plans are essential.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is comprised of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Qaiwain. It has emerged over recent years as a global business destination and a cultural hub of the Middle East, and consequently many British nationals have relocated to the area for work, becoming expats.
The UAE is slowly but surely moving to make private health insurance for expats complusary. For this reason, it is crucial that anyone who plans to move to the UAE thoroughly researches their options beforehand, in order to ensure immediate access to the sophisticated healthcare they may at some point depend upon.
Public healthcare facilities and resources in the UAE are recognised as highly advanced, especially in Dubai, however the UAE is moving towards a more private healthcare system for locals and expats alike. The exception to this is emergency healthcare and treatments, which will be given to anyone who needs them.
As a very rough guide, the Telegraph states the following medical costs as UAE averages – this is what you could expect to pay without any form of insurance:
Medicines are also more expensive in the UAE than the UK, so even regular perscriptions could add up.
If you are not going to secure medical insurance (which we strongly advise against), we recommend you apply for a health card from the UAE Ministry of Health – this will allow you to recieve emergency care only at public facilities, and only if you have the card on your persons.