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The DHA licensing and Dubai assistance process varies on each individual Doctors’ situation, training and background. However, typically we can say for tier 1 qualified Doctors the licensing process takes on average 3 months, for tier 2 or 3 qualified Doctors the process can take up to 6 months or even more due to the variances of training systems and documentation requirements of different countries, translation issues and assessment booking.

Once the doctors have received their DHA License registration we then focus on what jobs are available in the market.

In Dubai we have Doctors and nurses working here from all over the world with a multitude of skills from different training systems. It is essential that the DHA has a strong system and guidelines for recognizing the overall caliber and strengths of a particular countries’ training system in order to maintain the highest possible standards of practice in the Dubai healthcare system and to protect the safety of the public as much as possible.

It is not possible to promise or guarantee securing work for any healthcare professional that we work with, however we do only encourage Doctors and Nurses to work with us and invest in our services if we really feel that there is a significant chance that they will be successful in securing a work opportunity in Dubai – (based on our experience of being focused on this industry over the years).

We have strong market sensitivity of the Dubai Healthcare demands, we know which factors the hospitals are looking out for when reviewing cv’s. There are certain specialties of Doctors and nurses that are always needed and difficult to find, so as a company these are the professionals we aim to focus on attracting and encouraging to work with us.

Dubai is more practical for long term relocation, the hospitals are ideally looking for Doctors who are looking to settle here and make Dubai their home. It takes a long time to adapt to the culture and systems as well as build a patient base and referral network so it is much more preferable if the Doctors and Nurses are looking to commit long term.

The employment contracts in Dubai are either categorized as limited or unlimited:


Limited term contract (fixed-term):


In general, limited term contracts mention the start and end dates of the employment period. Unless the contract is renewed, it is automatically cancelled when it expires.

These contracts are adopted where an employer needs to engage employees for specific projects or specific duration.

According to recent reforms in the UAE’s labour market, limited term contracts are for a maximum duration of 2 years, unlike 4 years as before. The contract must also include a notice for termination.


Unlimited term contracts:


An unlimited term contract is open-ended, more flexible and commonly used in the UAE. It can be terminated with mutual consent or by giving a notice of 1 to 3 months. The parties involved must honour their obligations throughout the notice period.

Therefore, an employment relationship is deemed to have ended without due process when either the employer or employee terminates the employment relationship without complying with legally mandated procedures.

This will depend on the individual department and staff dynamics of the hospital that you sign an employment contract with, typically most Doctors we work with only work 1 or 2 on calls per month.

There are no set salary scales in Dubai, all the salaries are negotiated on an individual basis depending on the Doctor / Nurses’ skillset, experience and qualifications.

We will advise you and give you our honest opinion on the market range for your profile and support you with the salary and package negotiations with the hospitals.

Doctors and Nurses need to be cautious when choosing a recruitment / licensing agency to work with because there are many fraudulent companies around that are performing scams in the Middle East pretending they are from the HR dept of a reputable hospital and then later asking for money for the VISA process etc.

The DHA is valid only for Dubai however you can always transfer the Dataflow report to DOH/ HAAD/ MOH. It will be straightforward for you if your qualifications are tier 1 as you will be exempted from any examination in UAE.

Full time long term commitments are more practical in this market.

Mostly in Dubai, the accommodation and schools allowances are not included- a few hospitals still do however most don’t. I believe the reason for this is that Dubai is such a popular destination to live in as many expats are so comfortable to work here and live here long term so the hospitals do not have to offer these incentives as in other regions / countries.

In Dubai there is no set salary scale, all salaries and packages are negotiated on an individual basis. However typically speaking we can give you an idea – The starting salary for non surgical consultant grade Doctors will be around 70,000 AED Monthly (Tax free) and for surgical consultants the starting salary will be approx. 80,000 AED. The earning potential will increase as you become established in the market. The contract will be limited or unlimited and will include flights, malpractice insurance and health insurance. You will also get an additional 1 month salary as per the UAE labor law which you will collect as a lump sum once you leave the contract.

Working hours will be 45 – 48 hours a week over 5 or 6 days.

We charge a full amount up front, and this includes all the application fees, Dataflow verification fees as well as our full consultation service, we will monitor your application continuously and keep you updated.

Our service is not just about assisting with the license, we fully support all of our candidates throughout the entire relocation process. We are also contracted with most reputable hospital groups in Dubai so we will let you know as we come across any suitable vacancies that you can apply for with our clients, OR if we do not come across a vacancy for you we will consult you on how and which hospitals to apply to directly.

Dubai has evolved into a leading medical tourism hub, providing accessible healthcare services to the UAE and surrounding countries. Due to this unique set up of so many hospitals in a relatively small city, this makes the Dubai healthcare recruitment market extremely complex, dynamic and competitive.

It is so important that the hospital’s vacancies are filled as soon as possible in order for the hospital to avoid loosing their patient flow to their competitors.

We are very experienced with recruiting Doctors to Dubai and we have strong sensitivity and understanding of the market’s demands.

Our recruitment company has a dedicated in-house DHA Licensing service and we encourage selected specialties of Doctors to obtain their DHA registration first before applying to hospitals.

The DHA Licensing application and recruitment process can be very complex and it can take up to almost a year for the formalities to take place. This is just not practical most of the time when it comes to securing work in Dubai!

The majority of applicants will ideally need to obtain their registration first in order to increase their chances of securing work here in Dubai and ensure a smooth relocation process.

We only encourage selected, highly skilled Doctors to invest our services if we feel that they will have strong potential in this market.

There are many high caliber Doctors who have chosen to work with us to be introduced to the Dubai healthcare market as they preferred to have a more proactive approach, predictable outcome and to explore their options. They also found it very useful to have our advice on the employment contract, salary negations and general relocation support to assist them through the unknown.

I have heard two years and from another source I have heard that no experience post CCT is required as I am from a Tier 1 country.
Non – surgical CCT specialties can apply without experience post CCT.

Yes, Doctors are still able to get employment in Dubai, however it depends on the requirements of the specific hospital / department dynamics.

DHA registration is valid for one year however it is easy and straightforward to renew, you can also use the Dataflow report for any Gulf country, also the Dataflow report is the longest part of the licensing process and verifications will never expire.

There is a need for family medicine Doctors of course but the competition is higher as there are generally many family medicine doctors / GP’s globally, so it can be more difficult to secure work in UAE compared to a highly demanded and difficult to find specialist such as a female Gynaecology, Fetal medicine, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Female plastic surgeons etc.

Dubai’s weather is warm all year round with two distinct summer and winter seasons. The lowest average temperatures are around 20⁰C in January, while the summer months (between June and August) have averages of around 30⁰C. Dubai gets an average of 8 to 10 hours of sunshine a day year-round, so you can generally expect blue skies and warm to hot weather.

Taxi in Dubai is very cheap and it’s also about the same price as Dubai Uber. Also, there is a public transportation system in Dubai consisting of buses, water buses, monorail system, tram, and the Dubai metro. The Dubai metro is considered to be one of the most modern and cost-effective public transportation systems in the world.

English is the most widely spoken language in Dubai, especially for business, trade and tourism. Around 75% of the population in Dubai are expatriates, most of whom speak English and/or their native language.

The average rent in the UAE ranges between 30,000 to 50,000 AED (8,100 to 13,600 USD) per year for a studio apartment. One-and two-bedroom apartments range between 70,000 and 100,000 AED (19,000–27,220 USD).

Dubai has about 65 malls in a city of just over 3 million people, with 10 more on the way. Dubai Mall is an exceptionally vast retail, leisure and entertainment space right in the heart of downtown Dubai. It’s the world’s largest and most visited shopping mall, with a total internal floor area of 5.9 million square feet.

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