Working as a Medical Professional in the UAE

Work  as a doctor or medical professional in the UAE

Sarah Peddie

Here at Odyssey Recruitment, we help medical professionals around the world secure their dream job in their choice of location. We offer many different professions in a range of different countries overseas. 

In this series, we will take a look at what it is like to work as a medical professional in the countries our clients are based in to help you decide whether it suits you.

Article 2 - A guide to working as a Medical Professional in the UAE

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors within the Middle East which is why mass amounts of money are being invested into big projects to help the sector grow and develop. Despite the sector still growing, the standards are very high with many hospitals being JCI accredited and other hospitals striving for the JCI accreditation.

The UAE is one of the most sought after places for doctors around the world to relocate. Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al Ain are the three major and most well known areas within the UAE.


Much like in Saudi Arabia - the majority of opportunities in the Gulf are at consultant level working in hospitals or specialist clinics in Government and private facilities. 

The UAE now has over 40 public hospitals and the Ministry of Health is expanding health facilities and hospitals in all seven emirates which is why there is a high demand for GP jobs that need filling. Most of the health provision is government funded but the private sector is growing rapidly as well. 

The opportunities to work as a physician or a doctor in the UAE are considerable and it is a well respected place to practice as a medical professional. 

Salaries and Benefits

The salary on offer in the UAE very much depends on your speciality and how many years of experience you have. Pay can range from 25k AED a month up to 400k AED - again, this varies and depends on your speciality and experience. 

In the UAE your income is tax-free and this is what can make the country attractive to expats. Many healthcare positions include benefits such as paid annual leave for up to 40 days for full-time staff, health insurance and travel expenses. 

Medical Registration 

Obtaining medical registration in the UAE will vary depending on what emirate you are employed in and will affect the process.

Emirati requirements are explicit in that they are arranged into a tiered system and this determines eligibility according to the level of training you hold and where you trained. Applicants who hold CCT, CCST, American Board registration, CIS, Australian or New Zealand fellowships are given priority and are top tier. CESR applicants are tier 2 consultants once you have acquired a membership or fellowship and hold five years specialist registration.


The ideal candidate for medical positions would have CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) or the equivalent certificate in their specialist area. Equivalent certificates can be from countries including: US, Canada, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand. A minimum of three years substantive post experience may also be required.

Some clients in the UAE will prioritise Arabic speaking candidates over those who do not speak the language. However, others look for English speakers so this really depends on where you apply to work. Female doctors are preferred in some specialist roles like Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

If you are thinking about looking for a new job then register with Odyssey Recruitment today and we could help you on your way to your dream job.