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International Nursing: Licensing Procedures in United Arab Emirates

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In today’s globalized healthcare landscape, nurses are increasingly seeking opportunities to practice abroad. However, navigating the licensing procedures in different countries can be complex. In this guide, we’ll explore the requirements and procedures for obtaining a nursing license in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).


United Arab Emirates


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) attracts nurses with its lucrative job opportunities, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities, and tax-free income. Nurses can experience career growth in a multicultural environment while enjoying a high standard of living and access to world-class amenities.

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1. Applying for Employment:

In the UAE, securing employment precedes obtaining nursing registration and work visa permits. Begin by providing us with your updated CV and completing the necessary application forms. We’ll arrange for a convenient online interview via platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom, or Skype. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive an official job offer letter, and we’ll assist you in completing the required paperwork.


2. Apply for Nursing Registration

To practice as a healthcare worker in UAE, you must apply for the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) registration. The DHA, like healthcare regulatory authorities in other countries, has its own application process for a license to practice. For other areas of the Gulf, you may need to register with the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) or the Ministry of Health (MOH).

While the process may vary slightly depending on the emirate, at Holistically we will provide you with the necessary information and support. Here’s an overview of the typical steps involved:

  • Credential Evaluation: We can assist you in having your qualifications evaluated by the relevant authority to ensure they meet the UAE’s nursing standards.
  • Application Submission: Once your credentials are verified, we can help you submit your application for nursing registration.
  • Licensing Exam: Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may need to pass a licensing exam administered by the regulatory body.
  • Registration Approval: Upon successful completion of the required steps, you’ll receive approval for nursing registration in the UAE.


3. Work Visa / Permits

Securing a work visa/permit is a crucial aspect of working in the UAE. Our dedicated team will give you support and if necessary, assistance for you to complete all necessary paperwork, including medical examinations and background checks, and facilitate the visa application process on your behalf.


4. Travel

Once you’ve obtained your nursing registration and work visa/permit, you’re ready to embark on your journey to the UAE. Our Recruitment Consultants, who possess firsthand experience working in the region, are available to provide support and resources to help ease your transition. We’re passionate about sharing insights into UAE culture, work environments, and daily life, ensuring you feel prepared and confident as you embark on your nursing career in this dynamic country.







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