Dubai Opens Doors to Doctors & Dentists from 10 New Countries

Dubai, which is home to thousands of expats from all over the world, has now opened its doors to more expat professionals in the field of healthcare such as doctors and dentists after the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) now recognizes these foreign professionals’ license to practice overseas.

The move will not only open new career opportunities for concerned expat professionals, but it will also create a more diverse environment in the field of healthcare in the emirate, where 85% of the total population is comprised of expats from various parts of the world.

Dubai Opens its Doors to Doctors and Dentists from Ten New Countries
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Doctors, Dentists from 10 New Countries Can Now Work in Dubai

Based on the new guidelines set by the Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory, ten new countries and regions, including Colombia, Cyprus, Estonia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Slovenia, West Africa and the West Indies, have been added to the DHCC’s licencing framework, as shared in a report by WAM.

With this update, the DHCC now recognises the qualifications of healthcare professionals from more than 100 countries.

Commenting on the new decision, Dr. Ramadan AlBlooshi, chief regulatory officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said: “To strengthen our licencing framework, we consider several factors in critical areas, such as certification by accredited institutions and boards, as well as benchmarking and international standards. We evaluate professional qualifications, clinical experience and publications.”

Al Blooshi added that the decision is in line with the DHCC’s commitment to diversifying and expanding the talent pool of healthcare professionals in the free zone.

In addition to expanding the licencing framework, DHCC has introduced guidelines for consultant titles, offering flexibility for physicians and dentists seeking this title. DHCC now recognises any globally recognised clinical journal; previously, it was only Medline, a US-based digital library of life sciences and biomedical information.

In doing so, the DHCC contributes to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who, in his Fifty-Year Charter, envisions and mandates “A Doctor for Every Citizen”.

This move will both provide new opportunities for doctors and similar healthcare professionals from all parts of the globe to bring in their talents, skills, and expertise to meet the residents of Dubai’s need for quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare for all.

Also, the decision underscores the UAE’s national agenda, which emphasizes the importance of an open mind and a healthy body to achieve success and a world-class healthcare system in line with the UAE Vision 2021.

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