At a Glance - United Arab Emirates

UAE feature about medical jobs and lifestyle

Fraser Clarke

It can be difficult to know where to start when planning a move overseas, especially if you aren’t sure where your future could lie. 

That’s why our latest Odyssey Exclusive series ‘At a Glance’ will help provide you with a quick overview of each location we work with, to help you decide if a move to the country could be worth pursuing.

Article eight - The United Arab Emirates

Where is it?

The UAE is located around 5,500 miles from London in the heart of the Gulf region. It borders Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Gulf itself. This central location makes it the ideal place from which to explore the rest of the Middle East, Asia and even North Africa.

Getting to the country couldn’t be much easier. Emirates Airlines offer direct flights almost daily from Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle to Dubai - with a flight time of around seven hours.

It’s easy to get around too, with a developed road network and cheap taxis and public transport readily available.

How is Healthcare Structured?

As with most locations there is a public and private healthcare system within the country. The private system provides the main job opportunities for Western trained doctors, surgeons and physicians - with new vacancies opening up every month.

The best known hospital in the country is probably the American Hospital Dubai, a modern 187 bed facility, that has recently been extensively renovated to take its capacity up to 240 beds.

In 2000 the American Hospital Dubai became the first in the Middle East to be awarded JCI accreditation, and since then it has maintained this seven times.

Nowadays there are more than 100 other facilities in the country with JCI Gold approval, proving just how high the standard of care on offer is.

The UAE’s most well known area for healthcare is the world renowned Dubai Healthcare City (DHC), a healthcare ‘free economic zone’ located near Dubai International Airport. The healthcare city is home to over 110 clinics and hospitals specialising in everything from dermatology, to neurology and dentistry. 

Construction on the second phase of the development is well underway, with an impressive growth in patient numbers and medical tourists driving the Emirates’ healthcare facilities forward.
No matter what your specialty is it’s highly likely that Dubai Healthcare City will be home to an opportunity.

Medical tourism is huge business throughout the Gulf, and the UAE is the region’s leader. The state of the art facilities, and fierce competition for business has lead to unrivaled levels of spending - and this works its way down to the medics, who can benefit from generous (tax free) salary packages.

What will I need?

We’ve got quite a few openings available in the UAE at the moment, all have their own criteria - however most employers will look for:

  • A Medical degree from a WHO approved school
  • Western board certification (UK, USA, France, Germany etc)
  • At least 3 years experience post specialist registration
  • Fluency in English

What are the positives?

  • Very modern facilities
  • A large, diverse and friendly expat community
  • A high quality standard of living
  • Plenty to do, from the Burj Khalifa to Ferrari World
  • Year round sunshine

What are the negatives?

  • Dubai especially can feel manufactured
  • The heat can be oppressive
  • Still not as liberal as countries in the West

Current Roles

We’ve got plenty on offer in the UAE on our website, here are three of the most popular roles.

Locum Consultant Gastroenterologist

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist

Emergency Medicine Physicians