Health Information for UAE

  • Cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are reported. Avoid contact with camels and products contaminated with camel secretions.
  • Waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases sometimes occur. Get medical advice if you develop a fever or diarrhea.
  • Red algae or ‘red tide’ may sometimes affect beaches. This can cause skin and eye irritations, as well as breathing problems. Don’t swim in affected water.
  • The standard of public medical facilities in major cities is adequate. However, services might not be available in remote areas. You may have to pay up-front before treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.
  • If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
  • At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the latest country-specific health advice. For the latest UAE health information and advice, see the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Last Updated: 1st December 2019