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Why become a Family Medicine Consultant in the UAE?

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Being a GP in the UAE has many benefits  

Boasting a rich Islamic cultural heritage, a glorious coastline and truly world-class cities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is one of the most desirable locations in the Persian Gulf.

Thanks to rapid economic expansion, the country is investing heavily in its healthcare sector; and this is a really exciting time to be practising medicine there.

If you’re a GP or family medicine consultant, working in the UAE could be a very rewarding experience. The main healthcare facilities are modern and well-equipped, and patient numbers allow for slightly longer consultation times if necessary. You could also expect to receive a competitive, tax-free salary.  

What’s more, you can enjoy a wonderful standard of living during your time in the country. Accommodation is included, and expatriate housing in the UAE is friendly, welcoming, and of good quality. Often the housing is in a campus-based environment, with many public amenities such as a swimming pool – making them a great place to meet fellow expats. Many GPs working here will also choose to have live-in assistants such as a maid. A number will also have a housekeeper or driver to help them; a kind of lifestyle that is very rarely possible in the UK.

Family consultant GPs in the UAE will also receive education assistance for their children – meaning your little ones can have access to the internationally-renowned private academies that can be found in the country.  

If you do get homesick, there is a generous annual leave allowance so you can visit home frequently if you wish. But with Bahrain, Oman and Qatar all within easy reach, you may prefer to visit these places in your spare time instead.


To work as a family consultant GP in the UAE, you must hold CCT and MRCGP or equivalent Western qualifications (U.S. Board or Australian/New Zealand Fellowships also accepted). The ability to speak Arabic would be advantageous but is not essential. 


Speak to us to discuss this further

We understand that an opportunity such as this may appeal to you and you might still have many questions. You can contact the International GP Team on 01423 813 451 or email doctors.info@prospect-health.com or you can view the current International GP Jobs to see the various roles currently available. 


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