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United Arab Emirates Health

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has one of the finest health care systems in the Middle East. According to a survey conducted by 'Holiday Which', a leading UK consumer magazine, the UAE was one of only two countries with no reported cases of holiday illnesses. This is a fine testimony to success of government immunization programs, the provision of adequate clean water and international standards of cleanliness in hotels and restaurants. In addition, there are world-class hospitals and clinics in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and other major cities of the UAE. UAE public hospitals deal with emergencies free of charge and generally have good medical facilities. But private hospitals can be very expensive in the UAE, so a medical insurance is must.

General protection:
  • Vaccinations: No special immunizations are required for visitors to the UAE, however a certificate is required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from an affected area.
  • Immunization against polio and Hepatitis A is sometimes advised.
  • Avoid mosquito, sandfly and tick bites as it may cause diseases like Cutaneous Leishmaniasis and tick-borne typhus.
  • Food and Water: Tap water is desalinated and safe for drinking, but drinking bottled mineral water is good for visitors.
  • Milk is generally unpasteurised and should be boiled. Eat well-cooked meat and fish, while salads should be washed well before serving.
  • Sunburn: The sun can be fierce throughout the year so take precautions against heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Use sunglasses, hats and creams.
Medical Facilities:
  • Health care centers, either run by the government or some private organizations, do not differentiate between patients, while providing them with the best of the available medical facilities in Dubai.
  • Hospitals in Dubai run mostly by the Health Ministry, offer excellent medical services that speak of the government's concern about the general health of the countrymen.
  • Various departments of the Hospitals in Dubai like Dentistry, Dermatology, ENT, Audiology, Gastroenterology, Anesthesiology, Cardiology, cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery and Nuclear Medicine offer excellent and efficient services as far as the diagnosis and medical treatments are concerned.
  • Sufficient beds available with the Hospitals in Dubai help in admitting huge number of patients, no matter if there is a big rush.
What to wear

You will be most comfortable if you wear light coloured clothing made of natural fibres, since they allow your skin to breath. The breathability of your clothes is an important consideration, since the hot weather begins in April and continues to November. Even in the "cold" months, a lightweight jacket or a heavy sweater will probably sufficient for outerwear. An umbrella can be useful both to protect from the heavy occasional winter rain and to shield you from the sun in summer.

A hat and good sunglasses are necessary. Both can be purchased locally, but bring them with you if possible so that you will have them from the first day.

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