Monthly Archives : March 2017

Medical Jobs in Dubai: Separating Fact From Myth

Every month, my team here at Doctors in Dubai speak to hundreds of Doctors (and other healthcare professionals) who are looking for a medical job in the UAE. For many, this will be the first job in the UAE that they’ve ever had, so they have lots of questions about relocating.

There are certain “myths” about working as a Doctor in the UAE that we hear all the time; so I thought it would be worth taking a few minutes to do some “myth busting” and help you to separate the fact from the fiction!

I won’t be able to drink alcohol

False. You will be permitted to buy and consume alcohol in licensed venues across Dubai. If you want to consume alcohol at home, you will need a liquor license (available from liquor stores) and you will also need the license to transport the alcohol home.

The roads in Dubai are very busy

True. Rush hours are especially busy as most people own or rent cars. Petrol is cheap in Dubai and because many “expats” move on after staying here for a bit it is often possible to get “almost new” cars relatively cheaply. If you don’t wish to drive you can pick up taxis from almost anywhere and there is also a fully automated metro rail system and bus services.

It’s very hot

True. If you start working as a Doctor in Dubai then the majority of the time you are here you’ll be greeted with blue skies and high temperatures. However Dubai is very well equipped with air condition in every corner including bus stands! During the winter there are very occasional sandstorms, though these are infrequent. Rainfall is also infrequent although lately, more than any of the years I have been here! Most of the time you’ll be able to enjoy the glorious sunshine and top up your tan!

My income will be tax-free

True. This is one of the biggest perks of working in Dubai – everything you earn is yours. Whether you’re employed or running your own clinic, you will pay zero tax on your income!

I hope that this information will be of use to you if you are thinking about taking your first healthcare job in the UAE. I will post some more “myth busting” questions again next month! In the meantime, if you want to take the first steps towards working in the UAE you can email us on

Kaneez Nabijee
Doctors in Dubai

Doctors: Want to Run Your Own Medical Facility in Dubai?

It is the dream of many Doctors in Dubai to set up their own clinic. Many Doctors love the idea of being their own boss, and reaping the financial rewards of running their own medical facility.

In order to help Doctors wanting to run their own medical clinic, I have been working with the team at Doctors in Dubai to develop a way we can help Doctors to get started in running their own Medical Facility. I think that we have now got the perfect solution with our Medical Facility Package.

The package will care of everything that a Doctor would need in order to set up their own Medical Clinic in terms of the Initial and Final Approvals with the Dubai Health Authority. This includes:

  • Advising on all documentation required
  • Pre application checks
  • Submission to Dubai Health Authority
  • Point of contact with DHA for further information

We will also be able to advise Doctors on application costs, as well as giving advice on, finding a location and hiring staff once the facility has been set up. Depending on the type of Medical Facility you are setting up, the Dubai Health Authority charge different amounts. We will be able to give Doctors a full breakdown of Dubai Health Authority charges after you send us a proposal on your agreed location and company license details.

Our service fees for this exciting new service for Doctors start from AED15000. We recommend you also factor in at least AED10000-AED20,000 into your budget for additional costs like municipality fees, sponsor fees and name registration and reservation fees.

You will also need to think about location, staff, renting a facility, and real estate costs, and we have dedicated consultants who can advise you when thinking about these aspects.

So, if you’re a Doctor or Business Person who wants to set up your own medical clinic in Dubai, please email for more details on our Packages or call us on +971 4 311 6501.

Kaneez Nabijee
Doctors in Dubai

Huge Discounts on Allied Health Professional UAE Licensing

If you want to find an Allied Health Job in the UAE, then Doctors in Dubai have just made things a lot easier. Starting immediately we are offering some huge discounts on our Allied Health Professional UAE Licensing Packages.

These discounts will apply for a limited time only and are available to all Allied Health UAE Professional Licensing packages, which includes Nurses, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Radiographers and Technicians.

Doctors in Dubai’s CEO Kaneez Nabijee spoke about the discount: “We made the decision to offer a limited time discount of around 30% on all of our UAE Allied Health Professional Licensing packages, as these professions are in such high demand throughout the UAE at the moment.”

The discounts will apply on professional license transfers, single licensing packages and combined license packages. This includes Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Licensing, Heath Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) Licensing and Ministry of Health (MOH) Licensing.

The discounted prices are:

  • Single License Package = $699 (was $999) SAVE 30%
  • Combined License Package = $1098 (was $1600) SAVE 32%
  • License Transfer = $499 (was $699) SAVE 29%

Kaneez also discussed the opportunities available for Allied Health staff across the UAE: “These positions are in extraordinarily high demand, so now is the ideal time to apply for your professional license if you are thinking of relocating. It is always advisable to get your professional license in place before you start looking for work, as employers are significantly more likely to hire you if you already have your licensing in place.

“Whether you are a Nurse from the Philippines or a Radiographer from India; a Physiotherapist from the British Isles or a Psychologist from the USA, there is an incredible amount of opportunity for you here in the UAE.”

For more information about our Allied Health Professional Licensing please click here or email

The Logistics of Relocating

If you are a Doctor or healthcare professional, looking for your next medical job in the UAE, then the idea of relocating can seem daunting. Logistically, there are lots of things you need to do if you are considering moving to the UAE.

You will find below some handy “hints and tips” for what you need to do (and in what order).


Become Eligible to Work

A lot of people will assume that if they already have a job as a Doctor or healthcare professional, finding a new medical job in the UAE will simply be a matter of applying for and getting a role. It is not quite as simple as that, as before you can work in the UAE you will need a professional license. Yes, some employers will consider interviewing doctors who have NOT obtained the eligibility, however, this is rare as it’s a long process which employers are not willing to wait for. Not even for a great doctor! The license you need will depend on the area you are planning on relocating to. A quick reference guide is below:

  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA License) – if you wish to work in Dubai
  • Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD License) – if you wish to pursue your career in Abu Dhabi or Al ain
  • Ministry of Health (MOH License) – if you want to find a role in Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Umm al Quwain or Ras Al Khaimah


Find a job

Once you have obtained your license, the next step is to find a new position. If you are based in another country such as the UK or US, it can be awkward to try and find out which hospitals or clinics are recruiting. You can then end up in a difficult position of trying to speculatively send your CV to employers, which rarely yields the desired results. When you get to this stage, it can be beneficial to partner with an experienced recruitment agency to get them to work proactively on your behalf. For example, Doctors in Dubai already have key contacts in hundreds of hospitals and clinics across the UAE – we know who is recruiting and the type of healthcare jobs they are recruiting for.


Focus on family

Do you have children? If so, making sure they are properly looked after is essential. The school system in the UAE is great but there may be a waiting list for the school that you want. A good recruitment partner will be able to help you with research into local schools.


Get documents attested

For the Ministry of Health applications, this is a requirement. This can often be very time consuming, so start sooner rather than later. You can do this in your own country but remember that qualification certificates, marriage certificates and birth certificates for all members of your family may be needed.


Find somewhere to live

The best advice here is to move into temporary accommodation while you search for your dream home. This will also give you a chance to get to know the neighbourhoods local to where you are working.


Remember, if you are unsure about any aspect of the above your best bet is to work with an experienced recruitment partner who can take away this stress from you.

Myself and members of my team are British ex-pats so we understand how exciting (but scary!) the idea of relocating to a new country can be. But we also know from personal experience that it can be one of the best decisions of your life!

Kaneez Nabijee
Doctors in Dubai