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If you’re not covered by private health insurance, you must apply for a health card, which entitles you to low cost medical treatment at government hospitals and clinics. These are issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD). Even with private health insurance, it is perhaps sensible to have a health card, as not all policies will cover you for certain treatments; in these cases it may be cheaper to go to a government hospital or clinic.


  • UAE resident
What to bring
  • Passport with residence visa
  • Resident ID
  • Passport-sized photos (two)
  • Covering letter from sponsor (copy)
  • Application form typed in Arabic
  • Dhs.500 application fee


  • Pick up an application form from Rashid, Latifa or Dubai hospitals, or from the Disease Prevention and Screening Centre in Abu Dhabi.
  • Submit the application form along with the above documents.
  • The clinic will process your card on the same day.
  • The health card is valid for one year and can be renewed online at haad.ae for Abu Dhabi, or eservice.dohms.gov.ae for Dubai.