Public hospitals and clinics provide free or very low-cost medical services to UAE residents. Expats wanting to use public hospitals need to apply for a health card from the Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS). Generally speaking, however, private healthcare is king in the UAE, meaning you’re in a prime position to choose your healthcare depending on your needs and budget. And generally, the more you pay, the better coverage you’ll be afforded.
One of the newest hospitals is Al Zahra, located on Sheikh Zayed Road near Tecom. A premium care hospital, it is packed with the latest equipment – including the only water birthing pools in the city – and a team of highly trained Drs and midwifes. At the other end of Dubai is City Hospital located in Healthcare City near Wafi Mall. The newly built space includes a wide range of services including ENT, diabetes and metabolism, microbiology, IVF, neurology and more. It’s also worth noting the location of your preferred hospital – long journeys or drives that have to counter rush-hour traffic should be avoided.
The UAE is home to state of the art IVF centre the Bourn Hall Clinic, who were responsible for the first ever IVF baby in 1978. The flagship clinic in Dubai is equipped with the latest technology and staffed by expert physicians who guide you through every step of the journey.
Dubai is also a popular destination for affordable plastic surgery, with everything from liposuction, breast enhancement, hair transplants and scar treatment available at a host of medical centres. Many of the smaller private healthcare outlets are based around Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road, with mile after mile of medical outlets specialising in everything from homeopathy to post-natal baby care.