Private Health care and private hospitals in Dubai are traditionally best favoured by the expatriate community.
The standard of health care is high with many highly qualified European/ American trained Specialists attracted to work in Dubai.
Health care is expensive and private health insurance is essential, many companies provide this as part of the remuneration package. (See listings)
The development of Healthcare City has seen the arrival of many world renowned medical institutions which provide modern medical services in the disciplines relevant to health issues in the region.
Holistic healing is greatly valued with many clinics offering an alternate approach to care.
Cosmetic surgery / treatment is a fast growing phenomenon in Dubai with many Specialist clinics now open.
Pharmacies generally open long hours and are well stocked with the usual medications and also medical aids/ appliances. Many commonly used medicines such as antibiotics, analgesia, antihistamines are available over the counter without prescription.
Certain medicines temazepam and those containing codeine are banned in the UAE unless you have an official prescription from your doctor in your home country. If found in possession of these at the airport and are unable to produce a valid prescription you will be questioned and arrested.