Why Medicine is Developed in the UAE

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Medicine in the United Arab Emirates is considered one of the most developed in the world. Today, innovative treatment methods are available not only to residents of the country: medical tourism in the UAE is gaining momentum. Foreigners are attracted not only by advanced medical developments but also by the opportunity to combine treatment in the Emirates with leisure.

Why Medicine is Developed in the UAE:

The main reason for rapid development is constant investments and support for healthcare startups by the government. Over the past decade, the UAE government has actively invested more than $2 billion in improving the sector and developing technologies. The investments were aimed at developing innovative services based on artificial intelligence (AI). This has contributed to the accelerated growth and development of other economic sectors: programming, finance, IT technologies.

The UAE actively invites and attracts qualified doctors and staff from different countries, which increases the level of expertise and experience in the medical field. The construction and development of world-class medical centers and hospitals, including "medical cities" specializing in providing high-quality healthcare services, have had an impact.

Medical Services in the United Arab Emirates:

According to official sources, the public sector in the UAE operates 45 hospitals, employing over 8,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses. The private sector is represented by 98 hospitals, involving 14,000 doctors and 33,500 nurses. For a population of 9 million people, these are high indicators.

In the UAE, the following types of medical services are most developed and in demand:

  • Cosmetic surgery and cosmetology. The UAE is among the top countries where people prefer to undergo plastic surgery, liposuction, and rejuvenation injections;
  • Ophthalmology. The country's medical centers offer high-tech vision correction surgeries;
  • Dentistry: dental implants, orthodontics, and aesthetic dentistry;
  • Cardiology. Emirates hospitals are equipped with advanced equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases;
  • Diagnostic and screening for early detection of diseases;
  • Reproductive medicine. The UAE provides services in the field of artificial insemination. In vitro fertilization (IVF) – a method of treating infertility where fertilization occurs outside the body, and then the embryo is transferred to the uterus for further development – is especially well-developed;
  • Neurosurgery. Treatment of diseases and injuries of the central nervous system.

The healthcare system in the UAE is similar to the Russian one – all institutions are under the control of the Ministry of Health. Local health authorities operate in each emirate.

For example, local residents of Abu Dhabi receive free medical care under the Thiqa program. This opportunity is not provided for foreign citizens. Only emergency medical care will be free, while all subsequent treatment is chargeable.

A foreigner can take out insurance to access all services. The cost of a policy with a coverage amount of $100,000, or 367,000 dirhams, will be ~ 1,000 rubles.

Cost of Treatment in the United Arab Emirates:

The cost varies depending on the type of service, the level of the institution, the chosen doctor, and the city. For example, treatment in Dubai can be more expensive by 50–100 dirhams than in other UAE cities, but the salary level is higher here.

Approximate price list for the most popular services:

Doctor's consultation.

General practitioner: from 300 to 600 AED (80–160 USD).

Specialist: from 500 to 1500 AED (135–410 USD).

Tests and examinations.

General blood test: from 100 to 300 AED (27–80 USD).

Ultrasound: from 400 to 1000 AED (110–270 USD).

CT or MRI: from 1500 to 5,000 AED (410–1360 USD).


Filling: from 500 to 1500 AED (135–410 USD).

Tooth extraction: from 700 to 2000 AED (190–545 USD).

Operations and surgical interventions.

Simple operation (appendicitis, etc.): from 10,000 to 30,000 AED (2720–8170 USD).

Complex operation (e.g., organ transplant): from 50,000 AED and above (over 13,600 USD).


Natural birth: from 7000 to 15,000 AED (1900–4080 USD).

Cesarean section: from 15,000 to 25,000 AED (4080–6800 USD).

Healthcare is a rapidly growing sector in the UAE. Along with this, medical tourism in the United Arab Emirates is also actively developing. If you want to try your hand at business and make a stable income abroad, contact The Level Consulting specialists for support. The medical business is particularly demanding in terms of legislation, so we will help with licensing and documentation. Contact us, we will answer all your questions.

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