United Arab Emirates

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Healthcare and medical care

The United Arab Emirates have a state-funded public healthcare system as well as a growing private healthcare sector. The standard of healthcare services varies considerably. When travelling to the Arab Emirates, you should take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Short-term treatment can be provided to foreigners, too, in public city hospitals free of charge. Private hospitals in tourist destinations are expensive. Private dental care is of a high standard but prices are Finnish levels, at least.

Some tourist hotels in Dubai have their own doctor. The fees of a hotel doctor are paid in cash or by credit card. You can seek reimbursement from your insurance company afterwards on submission of receipts. Always take your passport and travel insurance document, for example, a travel insurance card, with you when using healthcare services.


In Dubai, most pharmacies are open from Saturday to Thursday between 9 am and 1 pm and between 4 pm and 10 pm. On Fridays the pharmacies are open between 4 pm and 10 pm. Some pharmacies are open 24 hours a day.

In general, medicines are expensive in the Arab Emirates.

When you travel to Dubai, you may take an amount of medication sufficient for three months for personal use. You will also need a doctor´s certificate or a copy of the prescription. Narcotic drugs may be imported into the country only in exception circumstances. If you wish to be sure that importation of your medication is permitted, you can enquire about the matter by contacting the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health on +971 2 611 7240 or by email at drugcl.csc(at)moh.gov.ae.

Sources: Embassy of Finland, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health, Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington D.C.