NURSING IN THE UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) appeals to those candidates with a sense of adventure. You can opt to only stay for a year or two, or settle in the country for longer. There are great opportunities for career advancement and education in UAE with a number of good training centres and language schools including SG Recruitment’s own language school based in Dubai.
About the UAE
The UAE was formally established on 2 December 1971. It is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; consisting of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Each emirate is ruled by hereditary emirs, who together form the Federal Supreme Council and is the highest legislative and executive body in the country. One of the emirs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE occupies an area of 83,600 sq km along the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. To the west is Qatar, Oman is located to the north and east with Saudi Arabia to the south and west. Abu Dhabi (the capital) and Dubai are the two main centres of commercial and cultural activities and present the largest opportunities for healthcare workers.
Islam is the official religion of the UAE, and Arabic is the official language. The United Arab Emirates is a diverse and multicultural society largely as a result of the mix of locals and foreign workers who want to experience both the career opportunities and the lifestyle UAE offers.
Why would I want to work in healthcare in the United Arab Emirates?
Tax-free income, very safe, good local transport, easy to find home comforts.
Free, furnished, air-conditioned accommodations (or a housing allowance is provided by some employers)
Generous vacation time
A range of employment contracts are available, dependent on the employer
Easy access to exciting travel destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia
Free flights to/ from the Philippines at the start and end of contracts
Opportunity to immerse yourself in an ancient culture
Opportunity to work with people from around the world
What type of license do I need to work as a nurse/midwife or Allied Healthcare Professional in United Arab Emirates?
You must register with one of the following three major health care providers:
Ministry of Health (MOH) – moh.gov.ae
Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) – haad.ae
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) –
The process is complex but SG Recruitment will support you throughout the process.
Is English spoken in the hospitals?
Yes, English is the working language in the UAE. Translators, and ward clerks who act as translators, are always available to assist in communicating with patients who do not speak English. Healthcare staff quickly picks up basic Arabic phrases related to their job and some hospitals offer staff the opportunity to learn spoken Arabic, should they wish.
Who will my co-workers be?
Your co-workers will be from around the world, e.g. Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanese, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia, and more.
Where will I live?
You will live in hospital-provided accommodation or you can use a housing allowance to rent/lease locally.
What is the social life like?
The social life is what you make it. Recreational activities include shopping festivals, boat cruises, the beach, the movies, fitness, live music, food & beverage, desert safaris, sand-boarding, horse/camel racing, golf, , etc. There are a number of active filipino groups in UAE.
Can women drive in the UAE?
Yes. Women have the same rights as men when it comes to driving in the UAE. Visitors can drive on an international driving permit. Residents must apply for a UAE driving licence. If you have a driving license from the Philippines, make sure it is valid to make it as straight-forward as possible to obtain a UAE driving license.
What is available to buy in the UAE?
Pretty much everything!
Clothing – all clothing from affordable to high-end designer labels are easy to find in the UAE. There are a large number of shopping malls with a great variety of products.
Bathing suits & sportswear – sold in many shops throughout the UAE.
Electronics – electronic stores abound, selling the latest in computers, audio, and video equipment.
Jewellery – jewellery shopping in the gold souqs is very popular for expatriates (and locals) and rarely does an expat leave without a sizable gold collection.
Alcohol – although the UAE is a Muslim country, purchasing and drinking alcohol in a licensed club, bar, or restaurant is legal for non-Muslims who are over 21. To buy alcohol for home consumption one must have a personal liquor license, which can only be obtained once the person has residency status, which can take 4-8 weeks. (Obviously, while drinking is permitted as described, being drunk and/or disorderly in public is not permitted!)
English-Language Books – there are many bookstores with English reading material.
What is the food like?
The UAE has a wide variety of restaurants with cusines from all over the world. Arabic, Italian, French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Filipino, Mexican, Turkish, Indian, Pakistani, Brazilian, Peruvian, American, English, Lebanese etc, etc… Supermarkets sell most food you are accustomed to buying at home. Fruit and vegetable souqs (markets) provide excellent fresh produce, although fresh produce is also readily available at supermarkets.
What television channels can I get in the UAE?
You can purchase a package of cable TV services that include all the news, entertainment, music and movie channels. There are also packages with Filipino channels. Online services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime also work well in the UAE.
How am I paid?
You will be paid your monthly salary by direct deposit into a local bank account that you will set up once you have your employment visa. You are paid in UAE Dirhams (Dh), also referred to as Arab Emirates Dirhams (AED).
Do people keep their money in their UAE bank accounts?
People often transfer their money offshore since no interest is paid on bank accounts in the UAE. Most people only keep basic spending money in their UAE account.
What does “tax-free income” mean?
No income tax is deducted in the UAE, so your income is “tax-free”. The only tax is a 5% VAT tax on goods and services which was introduced in January 2018.
Can I use my credit card in the UAE?
Yes, major credit cards (e.g. VISA, MasterCard, American Express) are used throughout the UAE.
Can I use my ATM card in the UAE?
Yes, ATM machines accept cards from all over the world via systems like Cirrus and Plus. You can also get an ATM card for your local bank account.
Is the internet available?
You can apply for internet access from home once obtaining residency status. You will also be able to find internet cafes, and the hospital should have computers that you can use. All internet traffic in the UAE is processed through centralized servers that filter content that is contrary to Islamic values, so some sites will not be available, such as those with sexually explicit content, some entertainment sites, etc.
Information about the City of Abu Dhabi - www.abudhabi.com
News, information, facts about UAE - www.uaeinteract.com
Information about the City of Dubai - www.dubai.com
Gulf News (English language news) - gulfnews.com
Khaleej Times (English language news - www.khaleejtimes.com
Dubai info - www.godubai.com
Information for documents required for visas - www.traveldocs.com/ae