Working as a Doctor in Dubai – The State Requirements

The demand for medical professionals in Dubai and the rest of UAE is quite high. As a doctor, you can find a job relatively easily in the emirate. The work conditions are usually quite good and you can earn around 75,000 EAD per month in the form of salary. However, you cannot practice your profession unless you meet certain requirements set by the local authorities. Find out whether you can meet them and how.

You need a government license in order to be able to practice your profession in Dubai. If you want to work in this emirate only and not anywhere else in UAE, you will need to obtain your document from the Dubai Department of Health and Medical Services (DOHMS). There are specific requirements for both general practitioners and specialists.

You must complete 50 hours of continued medical education per year (CME) in order to obtain and to keep your license. This means that once you are already on the job, you will still have to go through this training. The local authorities have taken care of this and doctors employed in both government and private healthcare institutions are entitled to 15 days of annual paid leave as well as an allowance of 800 Dhs to attend CME courses. Normally, participation in such programs is organized by employers, but if you have to arrange it on your own, you have to keep in mind that you have to attend a course in an educational institution approved for the purpose by Abu Dhabi’s General Authority for Health Services (GAHS).

Apart from having continued medical education courses each year, you will have to sit an examination in order to obtain a license for practicing your profession in Dubai. Before you are allowed to sit the exam, you must prove that you meet the minimum requirements for doctors in the emirate. All doctors must have an MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree. Specialists must also have a master’s degree or an equivalent certification. A minimum of one year of internship in a teaching hospital or a minimum of two years of internship in a non-teaching one is required from license applicants. General practitioners need to prove that they have at least 2 years of clinical experience while specialists are required to have been working for at least 3 years after completing their internship.

The situation with dentists is similar to the one of general practitioners. They need a Bachelor Dentist degree, a one-year internship in a teaching hospital or a two-year internship in a non-teaching one as well as two years of clinical practice after the completion of their internship. These requirements must be met, so that dentists are allowed to sit the examination required for obtaining a license to practice in Dubai.

You have to discuss all these requirements with your potential employer first. They should help you with arranging the documentation, the required training and the sitting of the exam. All documents you need to provide have to be attested by the UAE embassy in your country of residence. In addition, you have to have their Arabic translation attested by the Dubai authorities.


96 thoughts on “Working as a Doctor in Dubai – The State Requirements”

  1. dear sir
    i want to work in dubai,i am young docter intensivist in gurgaon,post mbbs 12yrs experiance

    dr rajneek

  2. hello i want to do my intership in uae.i am in last year of mbbs i like to know requirements to apply for intership

  3. i have completed my mbbs..want a job in dubai….tell me a procedure of getting a job in dubai and wat is the salary??????

  4. Hello. I am doing my last year in medicine and I would like to know the requirements to apply for internship in any Dubai hospital if possible.i am studing in luzhou medical college in china.Please comment or reply to me as admin as soon as possible.

  5. i want to knw abot job opertunities for FCPS doctor in dubai.
    how to apply? where to apply? nd wts the whole procedure? wt vl b the salary…?

  6. Hei,
    Iam a 51 years old danish doctor, graduated my MD december 1999, worked a few years in differen surgery wards and now working as a GP (but not not specialist yet). Iwould very much like all the informations about how to find a job in Dubai and how to apply. Would appreciate your help.

  7. I studied medicine and graduated from Ukraine.I would like to know about the requirements to work as doctor in Dubai.Is there any exams ? and what are the cost?I am currently in Malaysia.

  8. Dear sir/madame
    i am a MBBS graduate from faculty of medicine Sri Lanka with 2nd class upper devision honour pass for finals.l have just completed my internship in two leadinag tertiary care teaching hospitals in Colombo.lam interested to work in uncle also in it sector there.can you mention what is the exam i should face and requirements i should fulfil and the procedure i should go through.thank you.

  9. Hi, I have done MDS in Oral n Maxillofacial surgery with 12 years of experience and wish to move to Dubai. How much salary should I expect and what will be the general working hours in the hospitals ? Kindly help me to get this information? Thanx…….

  10. hi, im an american citizen.. i would like to know if there’s any way i can get a job in the uae with just an mbbs degree, no internship eperience or anything. or if i can get an internship in uae.. and if you could guide me towards the right way. i love this country and i would like to continue my profession here instead of the united states, if the people of this country would allow me… this information you’ve already provided is very helpful

  11. Hello, I had graduated from Kharkov State Medical University in Ukraine 3 years ago and made my specialisation in surgical oncology during 2 years. What are my possibilities to work in Dubai? What should I do now? Please give me some information. Thanks.

  12. Hi, I just completed my degree in medicine and surgery at the university of Zimbabwe. I would like to know the requirements to apply for internship in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

  13. good day. I have graduated from european country with MD degree. i would like to apply for an internship in Dubai. can you please tell me how to do it. i am a Malaysian citizen and want to work in dubai.

  14. hi m dr madeeha,i hv completed mbbs n 1 year house job training in teaching hospital i wana job in dubai will anybody let me know abt procedure how to get license in dubai+prep…
    thnxx alot

  15. Hi!
    The posts shared are really informative.Thanks to all who contributed.

    Even after going through a lot of websites & pages i don’t know how to register & go ahead with the MOH/DHA exam for dentist in Dubai.Kindly help me on this.


  16. I need to after my internship if before writing the licensing exam i can do job or not and if yes what job ?

  17. If I went to university in England, would I be able to do all my training here and then go to work in Dubai afterwards?

  18. Hello..i’ve done my md.physian from kurgyzsthan …and i would like know reqirements to apply for working in anydubai hospital

  19. Hello, I am a student of dentistry in the University of Pavol Josef Safarik in Kosice, Slovak Republic, and close to graduation. I would like to get the necessary information on what is needed to work as a dentist in any hospital in the UAE.

    Thank you in advance for your time.

  20. Hello, my wife is a neonatology , she is from cuba , what s the first step to do to work here in dubai once she arrives?
    you need the license before looking for a job or the employer will do this for you?
    thanks for this info
    hope to hear from you soon

  21. hello i am doing my m.d in anesthesia from a recognised college in india
    i’d like to know if i require experience in this feild or not to join a hospital in the uae
    also if i require experience what is the minimum..?
    can i join somewhere in less than the required experience..i mean will that be illegal or is there any way out as i need to support my family at the earliest..?
    thank you

  22. Hello…i really want to know how many hours a general practitioner should work per month in dubai (average)…thank u for your attention

  23. hi..i want to move to dubai for doing job as a doctor.
    i want to know what are the process for this position as i have only completed my mbbs.

  24. Hi iam a pediatrician (md pediatric) wants to apply in dubai for residency .plz help me out

  25. Hi
    Iam zahara salmani and graduated in physician from Iran.I have experianced nearly two years in a number of Iranian hospitals.Please comment or reply to me as admin as soon as possible.

  26. I want to know that if I want to become mbbs what will be my salary in dubai which exam should I have to give

  27. I have MBBS (1998-1999), Working in teaching hospital for 9 years, recieved Arab Board in gy and obst in 2009, Maste degree in IVF from Nottingham University in 2011, and phd from nottingham university in 2015.

    I would like to ask i need also to do exams in dubi and also i would like to ask regarding the chance to work in dubi as a clinician in gy and ob as well as alecturer in the same field.


  28. hello,i want to know which exams to be written in dubai to work as MBBS DOCTOR and what are the criteria and requirement to be fullfiled as an indian doctor,please reply and do the needfull to me

  29. hello i want to know more about the exams in dubai and how to apply for the same and how much a MBBS doctor will get salary after clearing the exams ..i am doing mbbs ..when i graduate i apply for job in dubai plz tell me about everything ???

  30. hello i want to know more about the exams in dubai and how to apply for the same and how much a MBBS doctor will get salary after clearing the exams

  31. I would like to do my internship programme in Dubai.i have finished my FCPS form Pakistan King Edward medical university.What are the requirements for that. please do reply

  32. Hello I want to know more about exam for mbbs doctor and what salary and benefits they get after passing exam.thanks

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  34. Hello…my wife is finishing her internship in Sri Lanka, and I’ve read she will need 2 yers of Clinical Experience before she can sit for the exam. Is it possible for her to get clinical experience in Dubai? If yes, can you please advise the process, cost etc.?

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  37. Hi I’m Sara …..I finished my MBBS from Australia….
    I want to know if there r any chances of me getting a job in uae..

  38. Hi i finished my bds ug and currently doing my pg in orthodontics in India.
    After finishing my pg (within 2 more months)
    I would like to come to UAE and work over there.
    How is the procedure and whould i require further 2 year experiance in India even after my pg?

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