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MAY 10/2013

Living and working in healthcare jobs in the United Arab Emirates


Living in the United Arab Emirates

‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’ is Arabic for ‘Welcome to the Heart’, and is a greeting that visitors to the United Arab Emirates soon discover is true to its word. The UAE is a friendly and fascinating place, with a rich history and a bright future.

Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have become important trading posts, with Dubai enjoying a construction and real estate boom to cater for the burgeoning tourist trade. Developments have included the Palm Islands, just off the coast where the world’s two largest man-made islands have been created, supporting luxury hotels, exclusive residential villas, apartments, marinas, water theme parks, restaurants, and shopping malls.

Within the UAE, and particularly Abu Dhabi and Dubai, there is a lively social scene to cater for the large ex-pat communities offering a wide variety of restaurants, clubs, cafes and bars to suit all tastes. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in all sports and several sporting festivals and events are held throughout the year. The health clubs tend to be the focal point for networking by ex-pats where various activities are organised. Dubai is known as the Shopping Capital of the Middle East and with the vast shopping malls and local souks you will find all your needs met. Multiplex cinemas show the latest releases and interesting museums and art galleries mean there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are amongst the most liberal states in the Middle East and provide a family-oriented society where security is high and crime rates low. The UAE also offers an excellent selection of international schools.

The official language is Arabic but English is widely spoken and is often the formal business language and whilst Islam is the main religion, others are practised. Friday is the official holiday and then either the Thursday or Saturday is the additional weekend day, although Thursday is now becoming the norm. The climate is exceptionally hot and humid in summer (May – September) with temperatures hitting up to 40°C.

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Working as a healthcare professional in the UAE

One of the most attractive aspects of working in the Middle East is the tax free salary. In addition to the base salary, add such benefits as free accommodation, travel allowance, medical cover and bonus schemes on completion of contracts. For many who have worked in the Gulf States, they have had the experience of a lifetime, made lifelong friends, travelled the world and returned home financially secure.

With the professional language being English, a multi-national workforce and the working methods often mirroring those of European countries, you should find settling into your work easier than you might expect.

Immigration Information

The United Arab Emirates authorities have taken many steps to make the immigration process as straightforward as possible. Apart from the fact that citizens of 39 countries (ie GCC nationals plus nationals of listed countries) do not require visas prior to arrival at a UAE airport, there are efficient systems in place to facilitate visitors not falling into one of the above categories. If you are coming to work in the UAE you will require a visa that can only be obtained on your behalf by your employer or sponsor.

All candidates will be issued with a visitors Visa in order to start work in the UAE. Upon completion of a probationary 3 month period, the candidate will then be given a residency permit. The residency visa is valid for 3 years once it is issued.

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Professional Registration

Doctor jobs in the United Arab Emirates

To work as a Consultant and Senior Consultant in the Middle East, you will need to meet the following minimum requirements

  • American specialty Board Certificate, or
  • UK Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST), or
  • Inclusion in the GMC Specialist Register or western qualifications

Plus a minimum of five years’ (post board/certificate) experience at consultant level is required.

Nurse jobs in the United Arab Emirates

To be placed in the UAE as a nurse, you need to be a qualified nurse who has been registered and working for a minimum of two years.
As a registered nurse it is essential that you maintain your existing registration in your country of origin. You will be required to show this original documentation.

You will also be required to have

  • Bachelor Degree in Nursing or equivalent
  • Two years’ post graduate experience

Allied health professional jobs in the United Arab Emirates

To be placed in the UAE, you will need to meet the following minimum requirements for the specialties we are currently recruiting for

  • BSc degree in a speciality from an accredited college with no less than three years’ syllabus. No less than two years’ experience in an acute care setting, or
  • Graduate from an accredited program no less than two  years syllabus and registered with the American Registry of the appropriate speciality, The Canadian Association, UK HPC or equivalent.
  • No less than four years’ experience in an acute care setting.

You can find jobs in the UAE and other parts of the Middle East by clicking here

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