Having a baby is a whole new experience for first time parents, and if you’re going to do it in another country, there’s a whole host of other things to think about. So, where do you start?
Health Cards in Dubai
If you’re a UAE resident and not covered by private health insurance, or your insurance doesn’t cover maternity care, you can apply for a Health Card.
The Health Card will cover you for low-cost treatment at public hospitals, but you’ll need to self fund the bigger treatment costs, such as your delivery.
You can pick up an application form from any public hospital and return it completed in Arabic along with some additional paperwork to any public medical centre. The application costs a fee, and will need renewing each year.
In Abu Dhabi
If you’re living in Abu Dhabi, you should already have a Health Card to prove that you have the required health insurance to be in the emirate.
Public hospitals tend to provide a similar quality of care to private hospitals in the UAE, but private hospitals are popular with expats because they generally have private rooms and shorter waiting times. Emiratis (UAE nationals) receive treatment at public hospitals for free – and care provided for expats is much cheaper than at private hospitals.
Public hospitals and popular doctors and OBs can have very lengthy wait times, meaning you may have to book your delivery early on in your pregnancy if you want to be treated by a particular doctor or OB.