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Planning to pursue your medical career in Dubai? Here’s what you need to know!  For medical professionals to practice in Dubai, they must have a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) license. Healthcare professional licenses in Dubai are issued by the Health…

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Planning to pursue your medical career in Dubai? Here’s what you need to know! 

For medical professionals to practice in Dubai, they must have a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) license. Healthcare professional licenses in Dubai are issued by the Health Regulation Department (HRD) of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA). To obtain the license, healthcare professionals must apply and pass a skill test and assessment. 

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE DHA LICENSE?

  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Nurses
  • Midwives
  • Allied Healthcare and Traditional Complementary (i.e. Beauty Therapist, Laser Technician, etc.)
  • Alternative Medicine Professionals 

6 STEPS TO GET YOUR DHA PROFESSIONAL LICENSE

STEP 1: SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL

  • Complete the initial self-assessment. 
  • Visit the Sheryan self-assessment portal. Enter and submit the required information.
  • The portal will determine if you’re eligible to be a part of the Dubai Medical Registry based on the information you provided. 
  • If you are eligible, you can move on to the next step. If not, you have the option to have your profile manually reviewed. 

For the Manual Review you need to:

  • Submit an online application with the required details and documents.
  • Pay the fees.
  • Wait for your DHA review, which may take up to 10 days.

STEP 2: CREATE A SHERYAN ACCOUNT

Create a personal ID on the DHA Sheryan portal before starting the DHA licensing process.
Follow these steps:

  • Visit the DHA “Single Sign On” portal
  • Click on “Register New Account”
  • Enter the required information
  • Click “Register”
  • You will receive account authentication details via email. 

STEP 3: GET REGISTERED

To formally process the license application, you need to register on the DHA Sheryan. Simply follow these steps:

  • Click on the “Register a Professional”
  • Provide the relevant information
  • Upload the necessary documents 
  • Pay the DHA registration fees (AED 200) and submit
  • The DHA will review your application in light of your CBT and PSV results and then either approve, reject or return your application for more information. 

STEP 4: PRIMARY SOURCE VERIFICATION AND ORAL OR COMPUTER-BASED TEST

DHA will confirm the authenticity of your profile, for those who are eligible for the DHA license in Dubai should get their Primary Source Verification (PSV) done and clear the CBT assessment (if required).

THE PSV VIA DATAFLOW
DHA partnered with DataFlow Group to screen professional candidates for the Dubai healthcare industry. All professionals who applied for a DHA license application have their educational backgrounds and qualifications thoroughly checked by the PSV.

THE CBT ASSESSMENT VIA PROMETRIC
DHA requires an initial CBT Assessment for some healthcare professionals, especially physicians, dentists, and nurses. Prometric, an autonomous review board, administers the DHA license exam to determine the applicants’ expertise and ability levels.

After passing the Prometric CBT exam and the PSV examination, you can apply for a DHA license in Dubai.

Assessment Fees:

Profession2 Hour Assessment Fees (USD)3 Hour Assessment Fees (USD)
Physicians/Dentist220280
Others180240

STEP 5: SCHEDULE AN ORAL ASSESSMENT

Depending on the professional healthcare position you apply for, the DHA may require you to take an oral assessment. 
Schedule a date for the oral assessment.

Oral (Normal) Fees:

ProfessionFees (AED)
Physicians/Dentist520
Others270

Note: Payment must be done within 2 hours. Otherwise, the selected assessment date will be canceled.

STEP 6: ACTIVATE THE PROFESSIONAL LICENSE

As soon as you pass the oral assessment, you will be a registered DHA professional. All you need to do now is activate your DHA professional license. Here’s what you need to do via your Sheryan account:

  • Apply for DHA license activation
  • Submit offer letter and malpractice insurance certificate
  • Pay the license activation fees

Issue License Fees:

ProfessionFees (AED)
Physicians/Dentist3,020
Others1,020

After the activation, the DHA will issue a temporary license until the original is delivered.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Ensure you have all of the required paperwork to register with the Dubai Medical Registry. For initial processing, you must apply the following documents in accordance with DHA license requirements:

  1. Recent passport size photo ( white background)
  2. Valid passport copy
  3. Professional credentials
  4. Certificates of experience
  5. A license or registration to practice medicine is required
  6. Good Standing Certificate (GSC)
  7. A two-year surgical journal (for surgeons)
  8. If the applicant is over the age of 65, he or she will be subjected to a medical health test

When your DHA license application is approved, you also need to submit:

  • An offer letter from your recruiting facility
  • A malpractice insurance certificate from your recruiting facility

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