Monthly Archives : February 2017

The UAE’s Dubai Health Authority Collaborating with the UK’s National Health Service

Recently the Dubai Health Authority met with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and Innovation in the UK to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

The move has been welcomed by Doctors in Dubai and our CEO, Kaneez Nabijee, commented on the importance of collaboration. She said:

“There are already strong links between the Dubai Health Authority and the UK’s NHS, so I am delighted to see that His Excellency Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director General of the DHA met with representatives from the UK.

“There is a rich history of the UK and the UAE working together when it comes to medical treatment, preventative measures and scientific research. UK Doctors are in high demand in the UAE as we know how thorough their training is, and conversely from their point of view working in within the Dubai Health Authority can be an excellent way to gain valuable experience in a different setting from the UK, all whilst earning a sizeable income.”

You can read a more detailed report about the meeting here.

Kaneez Nabijee
Doctors in Dubai


Blog: The Importance of a Great CV in Medical Recruitment

Here’s a secret that not all medical recruitment agencies in the UAE will tell you…it doesn’t matter how good or experienced you are – if you don’t have a decent CV then it’s unlikely you’ll be called to interview.

Even the most experienced Doctor can fall victim to the old adage “great product, terrible marketing.”

Perhaps part of the problem is the mindset of the above – healthcare staff applying for jobs in the UAE through medical recruitment agencies may not think that they need to “sell” their skills and experience; but this is a crucial element of any job application.


First Impressions Matter

If you are serious about coming to work in the UAE, then you will need to impress potential employers. Your CV and cover letter will be the first impression that you make – does yours really sell your skills and experience as much as it should?

A quality CV could be the difference between being shortlisted for a new position and being rejected before interview.


Securing Interviews

Doctors in Dubai has been one of the leading medical recruitment agencies in the UAE for years, and I can tell you from experience that once a Doctor or Healthcare professional is in front of an interview panel they tend to excel. This is because you are speaking about a subject that you are an expert in and the interviewers will see that expertise shine through. That’s why it is such a shame that some medical recruitment agencies in the UAE let candidates apply for work here with a poor CV. A great CV will ensure you’re noticed – a poor CV will likely mean your application ends up in the bin.


Formatting is huge

It’s all well and good getting all the pertinent information into your CV, but employers should be able to see that information easily. Make sure the relevant skills and experience relating to the role you are applying for a featured prominently.


For many Doctors, working a full time job whilst looking for a new role is time consuming enough. This is especially true if you are relocating to work in another country. While all decent medical recruitment agencies in the UAE will be able to offer tips and advice; the process is still going to be very time consuming. If you think you time would be more valuably spent on other matters, why not utilise our dedicated CV Enhancement Service to ensure that you “put your best foot forward.”

Our service takes the content of your existing CV and crafts it in such a way that all vital information is communicated to potential employers clearly and concisely. We correct any grammatical or spelling issues, and remove any information that will be irrelevant to your application. At the end of the process our expert team will present you with an enhanced CV that not only saves you time, stress and hassle but also maximises your chances of being shortlisted.

Remember, however you approach getting your CV ready to send to potential employers it is a key (and often forgotten) part of the employment process. So make sure you don’t “fall at the first hurdle” by creating an outstanding CV that will make your application unforgettable.


Mario Anthony
Head of Recruitment
Doctors in Dubai

Blog: The Dubai Health Authority Licensing Process

For many Doctors (and other healthcare professionals) thinking about relocating to the UAE, the licensing process can be extremely daunting. Doctors wishing to secure their Dubai Health Authority License (for example) are often faced with a tremendous amount of paperwork in order to get everything in order so that they can apply for their Dubai License. Not only is the whole process incredibly time consuming, especially considering that it takes time away from Doctors doing their jobs, but the application can be a bit of a “minefield” if you’ve never done it before.


This is not intended to put you off applying for DHA License, as the pros of working in Dubai definitely makes the (admittedly arduous) application process worthwhile. The financial benefits of working here are incredibly compelling, and the climate is also a very popular factor for many of the Doctors I have spoken to!


So if you are considering relocating to the UAE and need to apply for and of your Licenses, here are my top tips:


Be very aware that you need to commit your time to this.

Before you’ve even found a job in Dubai, you need to have your license eligibility in place. Many healthcare employers will dismiss applicants without their eligibility out of hand due to the time factor. As mentioned above, the process of applying will be a drain on your time. On average, it can take some doctors up to six months to get their license when applying for it alone.


Consider the benefits of getting help.

Obviously, I have a vested interest in saying this as it’s my job to help Doctors to get their UAE License application in place on a daily basis. The most common argument against doing this is – why pay someone to do something I could do myself? This logic can be applied to all walks of life, not just UAE licensing. Why hire a painter to decorate your house? Why go out for a meal when you can cook for yourself? Why take your car for a valeting when you could clean and polish it yourself?

The reason is this: you are getting help from a professional to do something that they are an expert in.

We’ve got the UAE license application process down to a fine art – reducing the average six months application time to six to eight weeks! That means you could be finding a job faster and importantly be employed and earning more quickly. The feedback we constantly get is that our service ends up not only being cost-effective but also a massive stress reliever for our candidates – we take the weight completely off of their shoulders.


Be aware that there’s an exam in many cases

A formality for most, some Doctors aren’t aware that they will need to take an exam prior to receiving their UAE License unless they fall under the exemption criteria. We can help you prepare for this, even if you’ve decided to go for licensing solo, we do have some packages focused solely on exams style questions.


All in all I can tell you from experience that working in the UAE is extremely rewarding (both financially and from a career development perspective). I think that all healthcare professionals should go into the UAE licensing process with their eyes open – it can take a while and can be stressful but don’t be discouraged! Once you have the eligibility in place it opens up a whole world of possibilities to you!


If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to drop me an email or alternatively give a member of our team a call on +971 4 311 6501.


Kaneez Nabijee
Doctors in Dubai