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Medical test in Dubai UAE

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Medical tests in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

UAE and Dubai residence visa medical test and fitness certificate procedure, pre-employment medical test. Blood test and X-ray for HIV-Aids, Hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis (TB), leprosy, syphilis, pregnancy.

All expat residents in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and other UAE emirates are required to go for a series of health and medical checks as part of their UAE residence visa application process. They must do the tests in the UAE at a government medical facility, not a private one. Results from tests done in other countries are not accepted. If an HIV/AIDS medical screening test is positive then the residence visa application is denied and the person is deported. Other positive test results might result in a combination of treatment, quarantine, deportation, or a combination.

Residence Visa and work permit process is in this order:
Medical fitness test procedure for a job in Dubai

When you arrive in the UAE, if your company is on the ball they will explain to you what you need to do, and the PRO will arrange when and where you need to go for the medical test, and hold your hand if you're really lucky. If you're on your own, do this:

Medical Fitness Test centers in Dubai (MFC)

Note that if you live in Dubai but you are applying for a residence visa from a different emirate, then you need to either do the medical test in that emirate, or at the medical test center at Al Baraha Hospital (also called Kuwait Hospital) in Deira (not at the adjacent Dubai Hospital). The Dubai Medical Fitness Centers (MFC) are only for applications for residence visas issued by Dubai immigration (which depends on sponsoring company address, not yours).

For most residence visa applicants doing a standard test (not express or VIP), go to the medical center in Muhaisanah (open 24 hrs weekdays, 24 hrs weekends for visa renewal only), or possibly Karama from 21 Dec 2014 (not clear if still only express or normal service also included). Women can also go to the Rashidiyah center. If you want express service, go to Muhaisnah or Karama. For VIP or executive employees, go to the Al Safa Health Centre or Knowledge Village MFC. Note that from 21 Dec 2014 Karama center no longer open late (closes 1430 instead of 1900 according to information given by DHA).

Most other centers are either only for housemaids living in the catchment area, or for employees under sponsorship of DAFZA, DIFC, DXB Airport, Emirates Airline, JAFZA, Tecom, for the respective MFCs.

Facility Location Hours1 Telephone Email Notes
Airport Medical Clinic Dubai Airport 0730-1430 +971-4-2164959   Dubai Airport staff only. Closed Fri, Sat. No express service?
Al Bada'a Health Center Sheikh Zayed Rd 0730-1430 +971-4-5081046   Housemaids only, in local area. Closed Fri, Sat.
Al Khawaneej Health Centre   0730-1430 +971-4-5023002   Housemaids only, in local area. Closed Fri, Sat.
Al Lusaily Health Center Al Ain Road 0730-1430 +971-4-5022500   Housemaids only, in local area. Closed Fri, Sat.
Al Mankhool Health Center   0730-1430 +971-4-5021263   Housemaids only, in local area. Closed Fri, Sat.
Al Muhaisanah - see Muhaisana          
Al Quoz Medical Fitness Center7 Al Quoz Ind 3 0730-2100     Closed Fri, Sat. Corporate only (see notes).
Al Safa Health Center2 Jumeirah 2 0730-1430 +971-4-3955122   Executive employees, VIP service only. Fri, Sat closed.
Al Satwa Medical Center - see Satwa          
Al Twar Health Center (Al Towar) Al Tawar 0730-1430 +971-4-5022133   Housemaids only, in local area. Closed Fri, Sat.
Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority DXB Terminal 2 0730-1430 +971-4-2994436   DAFZA staff and clients, DSO Authority staff only. Closed Fri, Sat.
Dubai International Financial Center³ Emirates Towers 0800-1500 +971-4-4289211   DIFC employees only. Fri, Sat closed.
Dubai Knowledge Village Clinic4 TECOM - DIC 0730-1430 +971-4-4347332   TECOM employees and students, executive VIP (non-TECOM ok?).
Emirates Airline (EK)5   0800-1500     EK employees only. Closed Fri, Sat. No express service?
Jebel Ali Health Center   0800-1500 +971-4-8834240   JAFZA clients and staff only. Closed Fri, Sat.
Karama Medical Fitness Center Opp Post Office 0730-1430     [Check] Not housemaids. Express packages only. Open 09 Jun 2013.
Muhaisnah Medical Fitness Center Muhaisna 2 24 hrs1 +971-4-5023939   Al Ghusais (Qusais), Sonapur area. See notes1 about timing restrictions.
Occupational Health Center Satwa   +971-4-3420306   Not in list provided Jan 2014. Closed?
Rashidiya Medical Fitness Center6 Rashidiyah 0730-1430 +971-4-5022422   Females only. Closed Fri, Sat.
Satwa Medical Fitness Center8   0700-2100 +971-4-5023205   Not males unless express. Closed from 05 Jun 2013.
Tawajod Service9 Your location   +971-4-5023968   Cost AED 1010 plus Medical Fitness fees (Jan 2014 information).
  1. Opening times are for Sunday to Thursday unless otherwise stated (from Dec 2014, only Muhaisnah MFC open Fri, Sat). Some centers open Saturday with shorter opening hours. Timings changed from 21 Dec 2014:
  2. For VIP employees (or executive employees) only - higher fees and faster processing times. Definition of "Executive" not provided, but it sounds like anyone who is willing to pay the higher fees for medical testing. Tel number given as +971-4-5021400? Updated tel number is +971-4-3955122. Location is behind Safa Park Choithrams and Union Co-op on Al Athar St.
  3. For employees of DIFC only. Tel was +971-4-4289210? Updated to +971-4-4289211. Location in DIFC Block 2. DIFC package costs AED 350.
  4. For TECOM sponsored workers - Dubai Internet City (DIC), Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV, or KV), Dubai Media City (DMC). Tel number was +971-4-3911111, updated to +971-4-4347332. Packages available are standard, VIP, and student? Not express packages.
  5. Emirates Airline medical fitness center tel given as +971-4-7081637? Seems odd, not confirmed. Location in Emirates Airline HQ? Or in Terminal 1 at Dubai Airport?
  6. For women only. Rashidiya is the first dedicated female medical fitness center in Dubai (opening announced in press release 20 July 2011). Rashidiya center is near the Rashidiya post office. Opening times updated from 0700-1400 to 0800-1300 (Jan 2014) to 0730-1430 (Dec 2014).
  7. Al Quoz medical fitness center tel given as +971-4-45022401 but looks incorrect (too many digits). Information says only for corporate accounts but telephone enquiry said possible for individuals on their own - perhaps we misunderstood.
  8. Al Satwa center information says "temporarily closed for renovation", it was closed from 05 Jun 2013, and the Karama center opened 09 Jun 2013. Al Satwa center is still closed as of Jan 2014? But a report 09 Jul 2013 said the Al Satwa Center "has been closed permanently", source might be Al Ittihad newspaper (not confirmed by DHA).
  9. Tawajod service comes to you for the medical test, or blood collection. Don't panic, the service is not staffed by vampires. Tel +971-4-5023968 or mobile +971-55-5061531 to make an appointment. Test results in 2 days?

Medical testing services for residency visas will no longer be offered by the Dubai Municipality Clinic (DM Clinic) from 01 January 2011, and instead will be offered by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) (tel hotline 800-342). Issuance of occupational health cards for food handlers, salon workers, beauticians, barbers, nursery and kindergarten staff, health club and fitness center employees will also be taken over by the DHA (Khaleej Times 30 November 2010).

07 October 2010 update to new medical test law in UAE

UAE Cabinet Decision Number 28 of 2010 published in the official gazette regarding the new medical tests. Note that table below is our understanding only, and might not be correct, especially as there seem to be conflicting reports about some tests and outcomes. Check with immigration department for official information.

It is not clear if UAE visa applicants who have previously failed a medical test for positive Hepatitis results (B or C) can reapply for a residence visa under the new laws. If you know you have not been blacklisted then you can probably try again and be successful this time around. However, if you have been blacklisted then you will probably have to get yourself removed from the blacklist, which might or might not be impossible. One method according to some reports is to ask someone in the UAE to bring the result of the failed medical test and passport copy to a medical clinic in Dubai (or another emirate), and ask them to apply to immigration to have the ban removed. Or try contacting a medical clinic from overseas (telephone or email) to see if they will accept a fax or scanned copy of the documents, but a friend visiting the center is more likely to be successful. Alternatively, contact a UAE embassy in your country of residence to enquire about the procedure.

Condition Group New visa Renewal If Positive Result Fee
AIDS/HIV All expatriates Deportation 50²
Hepatitis B 6 categories¹ √? Treatment? Deportation? 50²
Hepatitis C Not tested        
Leprosy All expatriates ? Deportation 50²
Pregnancy 3 categories³ ? Employer decides 50
Syphilis 6 categories¹ ? Treatment 50²
Tuberculosis (TB) All expatriates   Treatment then deportation 50²
  1. New expatriate workers in the categories of babysitters, housemaids, nursery and kindergarten employees, employees at barber shops, health clubs and restaurants would also be tested for HIV AIDS and Hepatitis B, and deported if results are positive, or treated in the case of Hep B. Maybe also other food outlets, coffee shops, food suppliers. New rules reportedly said "These groups must undergo hepatitis tests when they apply for new visa or renewal of their visas ... those found infected will be deported."
  2. Fee estimate of AED 50 per test not confirmed. Press reports were total fee AED 250 for 5 diseases (unless it was AED 250 per test - we hope not).
  3. Employee categores: babysitters, drivers (female), housemaids (and presumably any other "servant" worker category - includes nannies).
19 August 2010 - new expatriate medical test laws in UAE

The law has been changed so that Hepatitis B (for most applicants) and Hepatitis C are no longer tested. Details of the tests are:

  1. Worker categories tested for Hep B at visa renewal time include barbers and hairdressers, beauty salon staff, food handling staff (presumably includes waiters and waitresses, cooks, chefs, and other kitchen staff, etc, possibly supermarket and similar employees), health club staff, kindergarten supervisors, maids, nannies, nursery supervisors, and apparently something called "foot catering workers" (probably a typo for "food" in the 19 August 2010 WAM news release).
UAE Medical Test changes 19 August 2010

19 August 2010: UAE Ministry of Health announcement of revision to medical test rules for expatriates. Some conflicting reports about whether or not some diseases are still deportable (Hepatitis B, TB, and leprosy have question marks). Also not entirely clear if the new law is effective immediately, or still to be implemented. Emirates Business 24-7 said The new rules will be effective after they are notified in the official gazzette, a date for which was not disclosed. This page currently being updated.

Information from WAM news report 19 August 2010:

Fees and charges update (WAM 19 August 2010):

Other information

Medical Fitness Test fees and charges
Disease statistics (reported in The National 20 August 2010)
No more deportation for Hepatitis and TB carriers

Khaleej Times (KT) reports 12 August 2010 that the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) website no longer includes Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B or C as deportable conditions for foreigners under the medical fitness rules, except for some worker categories.

Updated report in the Gulf News 19 August 2010 (GN quotes in italics):

[Obsolete, kept for archive reference] New medical tests in the UAE - 01 July 2008


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