United Arab Emirates (UAE)


The United Arab Emirates (or UAE, as it is also known) is a federation of seven emirates or principalities. It is a country located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf. The population is approximately 9.2 million. Abu Dhabi is the capital and Arabic is the official language.

How to access emergency services: Call for 998 or 999 ambulance service.

Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham (AED)

Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to UAE, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.

Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.

It’s also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.

Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers

What to expect in an UAE hospital: Dubai contains well equipped public and private hospitals and its government immunization programs are highly successful. Public hospitals, where the medical facilities are very good, will deal with emergencies free of charge, however it would be wise to take out medical insurance to cover all eventualities, especially if you need to attend a private hospital or clinic where treatment can be quite expensive. In all instances, medical procedures, including the use of sterilized needles and the provision of blood transfusions are very reliable.

Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.

JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in UAE: To read about specific facilities that are JCI- accredited,visit the Hospital Search section.

UAE-specific helpful health resources:

Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.

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