healthcareAs a rising world power, the United Arab Emirates aims to be well rounded in all aspects of society and politics. With a quick research on the Internet, you can find the rapid development of each emirate from a sandy wasteland into a part of the most affluent cities in the world.

In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, there are actually more expatriates than local residents. Overall, there are 7.8 million expats in the country as opposed to 1.4 million Emiratis or locals. Healthcare is an important part of living, which is why providers like offer a simple guide about healthcare in UAE for expats:


There’s no point going further back than 2008, when the government proposed to make healthcare compulsory. Coupled with UAE’s huge expatriate population, this made the country an attractive location of insurers. Nonetheless, the great recession of 2008 slowed the implementation down to a halt and the prospect of a bankrupt insurer isn’t an option for an already shaky economic state.

Fast forward seven years, health insurance is now provided to private employees and it remains a big policy across all emirate states.

Scope of Healthcare

The first-class facilities definitely helped, and the state of healthcare in the country is on par with those in Europe. Life expectancy almost touches 80, infant mortality is at an all-time low and the endemic of measles, malaria and polio have been eradicated.

The costs of basic treatments are relatively low, but overall, medical expenses in the UAE are a notch steeper than other countries. When it comes to medicine, a patient should have a legal prescription to obtain their supplies.

Putting aside the skyscrapers and sprawling luxury, the country is still in its development phase, but its officials are doing a great job of covering the needs of its residents.