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Health & Fitness

Welcome to the Dubai Health & Fitness Section

In this section we take a look at all things health and fitness related in Dubai from doctors to dentists, from clinics to opticians and everything in between. We also focus on fitness and nutrition with an aim to have everyone keeping fit and healthy in Dubai.


  • Hospitals in Dubai

    Hospitals in Dubai

    If you are looking for a hospital in Dubai you are in the right place. We've got details of all the best ones plus handy articles for you.

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  • Doctors & Clinics in Dubai

    Doctors & Clinics in Dubai

    If you are looking to find some of the best doctors and clinics in Dubai you are in the right place- we've got a handy list and articles for you here.

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  • Fertility Clinics in Dubai

    Fertility Clinics in Dubai

    If you are trying to have a baby and are not having much success it may be time to visit a specialised clinic. Check out some of the best available in Dubai and we wish you luck!

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  • Dentists in Dubai

    Dentists in Dubai

    Looking for the perfect, friendly and highly professional dentists and dental services in Dubai? we cover everything from invisalign braces to teeth whitening.

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  • Fitness in Dubai

    Fitness in Dubai

    Wanting to keep fit in Dubai? Then you need our Exercise & Fitness section covering gyms, bootcamps, exercise classes and everything in between.

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  • Cosmetic Surgery in Dubai

    Cosmetic Surgery in Dubai

    If you are looking for where to get beauty enhancement treatements in Dubai like laser treatments, botox, tattoo removal etc. you're in the right place.

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Dubai Healthcare Articles

  • UAE National Sports Day

    6 Ways to Get Involved with UAE National Sports Day

    The UAE National Sports Day is coming up and residents are being encouraged to participate in physical exercise to mark the occasion on February 16th. Here are some ideas to get you started on the right path to exercise and fitness.

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  • Self-Defence classes

    Why Women and Girls Should Learn Self-Defence

    As a Dubai ExpatWoman and Martial Artist, Claire Higgins shares her experience about the importance of females taking self-defence classes in order to be able to defend themselves if they’re ever put in a threatening situation. She discusses the differences between Martial Arts classes and self-defence one and why she would recommend one over the other.

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  • About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    About Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Multiple Sclerosis (also known as MS) is an unpredictable disease that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and body. It is often labelled as an auto-immune disease, and is considered to be a medical mystery.

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  • Easy Ways to Switch Off

    Easy Ways to Switch Off

    As women most of us have busy schedules and we work hard to keep track of all our daily obligations.Switching off from technology and from the workaholic lifestyle can do wonders for you, we’re talking physically, emotionally and mentally, let's face it, we could all use a break.

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  • 6 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

    6 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

    Drinking enough water every day is key to leading a healthy lifestyle... Here's some tips to help you make sure you're getting the right amount of water!

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  • Vaccination vs Immunisation

    Vaccination vs Immunisation

    There’s been a lot of talk about immunization and vaccinations, but do you really know the difference between the two? Understanding the difference between vaccines, vaccinations and immunizations can be confusing. We’re here to break down the basics.

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  • Stay Healthy at Your Desk

    Stay Healthy at Your Desk

    It is hard enough that people are stuck at their desk for eight hours of the day, which equates to 40 hours a week! Add work and stress to that equation and you are bound to fall into an unhealthy cycle of boredom, discontent, and poor lifestyle habits, which can be detrimental to your overall well-being.

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  • Signs You Need to See a Gynecologist

    Signs You Need to See a Gynecologist

    While some bodily functions are a normal part of every female body, some are unusual and often difficult to detect. As women, we deal with a lot of different bodily functions. So, how do you know when it’s time to see a gynecologist?

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  • Pros and Cons of a Gym Membership

    Pros and Cons of a Gym Membership

    The transition from a sedentary lifestyle to an active and healthy lifestyle, can be intimidating and pressuring, especially if you are not familiar the gym. From calorie control, to sugar cravings, to exercising, it’s a nerve wrecking shift, and we have all been through it, but ultimately, it all boils down to persistence, determination and dedication.

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  • Your Guide to Donating Blood

    Your Guide to Donating Blood

    Blood donation is a practice that literally saves people’s lives, in their hour of need. We all know of the importance of blood donation to those who are in dire need of it. Now we present you with the facts, because let’s face it, as much as we are all well aware of the outcome of blood donation, many of us have yet to join the movement that is saving thousands of lives across the globe.

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  • Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

    Zika Virus: What You Need to Know

    With the outbreak of the Zika virus growing at an alarming rate, here’s some information to help you familiarise yourself with the disease.

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  • Achieve a Joyful Smile with Dr Joy

    Achieve a Joyful Smile with Dr Joy

    EW's Donna had the wonderful chance to try out teeth cleaning and whitening at this Jumeirah based dental clinic. Find out how she got along when she visited Dr. Joy Dental Clinic and why it should be your next dentist

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  • All About 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

    All About 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome

    22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q) is a disorder caused by a small missing piece of the 22nd chromosome. This tiny missing portion of chromosome 22 can affect every system in the human body. In fact, 22q can be the cause of up to 200 mild to serious health and developmental issues in children and young adults. Find out more about 22q11.2.

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  • Habits That Are Harmful for Your Heart

    Habits That Are Harmful for Your Heart

    World Heart Day is celebrated every year on September 29th, so in honour of your ticker here's some habits to cut out to make sure your heart ticks healthily! Everyone wants to have a healthy heart, yet cardiovascular disease (CVD) affects a lot of people around the world. While you probably thought that your daily regime of exercise and strict diet is enough to keep away the risk of developing CVD and other defects, there are studies out there that indicate differently.

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  • EW Weekly Weigh-In

    EW Weekly Weigh-In

    Want to shift a few kilos just in time for your next holiday, for the next festive season or just simply because you want to improve your health and fitness? Don't do it alone. Our ExpatWoman members are by your side every step of the way. Join in our weekly weigh-in to keep track of your progress and give or gain support from others.

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  • All About Down Syndrome

    All About Down Syndrome

    An important thing to point out about Down syndrome is that it is not an illness or a disease. It is a genetic condition. You see, our bodies are made up of millions and millions of cells, and in each cell there are 46 chromosomes. It is the DNA in our chromosomes that determine how we develop. Find out more about Down Syndrome here.

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  • Water Birth Now Available in Dubai

    Water Birth Now Available in Dubai

    As reported by Gulf News, Al Zahra Hospital in Al Barsha was the setting of the emirate’s inaugural water birth on 29 July, 2015. New parents Aimee Stevenson and Johnathan Kennaugh opted to deliver their baby in a special birthing pool there, filled with warm water and set in the hospital.

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  • Premature Birth and Insurance

    Premature Birth and Insurance

    In an ideal world, pregnancies would not only be easy, but to term, with babies being born right on the scheduled time. As many mothers have experienced however, this is unfortunately not always the case, and there is a good chance that a baby will be born premature, especially if twins are being born.

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  • Mother's Day

    How to Put Someone in the Recovery Position

    If someone is unconscious but breathing and has no other life-threatening conditions, they should be placed in the recovery position. Here's how you can help them!

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  • Why Go Gluten Free?

    Why Go Gluten Free?

    Going “gluten free” is not just about a fad nor is it about a diet that has become popular to lose weight. Going “gluten free” simply means that these food products are safe for those who are suffering from Celiac Disease.

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  • World Immunisation Week

    World Immunisation Week

    World Immunisation Week is held each year at the end of April (24th to 30th), and aims to help refocus public attention on the importance of vaccination for all children – particularly those who are consistently excluded across the globe. See here about how you can get involved with this important week!

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  • What to do if Someone is Choking

    What To Do if Someone is Choking

    Choking can be caused by a sweet, chewing on a pen lid or eating too quickly... The list is endless. We must remember that choking is serious. Choking is when you have a foreign object is blocking your airway, thus cutting off oxygen from your body. The longer the brain lacks oxygen the more risk there is of causing brain damage.

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  • Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

    There's lots in the news at the moment about MERS so here we take a look at the latest information about the virus from the CDC and WHO to make sure you know all about the virus. Currently there is no vaccine, it is life threatening to the very young, very old and sick and recent studies are linking the possible source of the virus to camels.

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  • Anger Management in Dubai

    Anger Management in Dubai

    Anger is a normal human emotion that we all experience from time to time. It is considered very healthy to express any feelings of anger as soon as they arise. Suppressing feelings of anger can lead to long term effects such as anxiety, depression and other health issues. If you feel you may be feeling issues with your anger, find out more.

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  • Breast Cancer

    Breast Cancer

    Largest ever global survey of 1,273 women in 12 countries reveals women with advanced breast cancer feel left out of the breast cancer movement. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women worldwide, yet survey confirms that many women living with advanced form of disease feel isolated.

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Dubai Healthcare Overview

Owing to Dubai’s population and the numerous medical facilities in the private and public sectors, long waiting lists are almost unheard of.

For specialised treatment, however, it’s sometimes necessary to seek medical assistance outside Dubai, and locals who can afford it often do so. Members of the ruling families and wealthy Arabs invariably have all major operations outside their own territory, particularly in London and American cities. Although some of Dubai’s doctors and medical staff are local, the vast majority are foreign and were trained in their home countries.

Dubai now has a public health service providing free or very low cost health care for its nationals and it’s important to note that these services are also available to expatriates. For some time, however Dubai has now introduced laws so that businesses have to provide medical insurance for their employees. Tourists visiting Dubai should have travel insurance that includes cover for private medical treatment, but they also have access to state medical facilities in the case of emergencies.

hospitals in dubai

Among expats, common health problems include respiratory problems caused by sand and dust in the air – a situation exacerbated by continuous building work in most states. Hard work and long hours in often extreme heat can also affect the immune system and compromise the body’s ability to counter illness. Expatriates can suffer sunstroke and sunburn. In the summer, humidity causes added discomfort, with eye infections common. Dehydration is also a threat and is a potentially fatal condition that shouldn’t be underestimated – not only by those working outdoors but also by anyone playing outdoor sports.

The winter months of October to March, however, bring some of the best weather anywhere in the world, with continuous warm sunshine generating a feeling of well-being and providing the opportunity for a wholesome, outdoor lifestyle. Good weather is also beneficial to mental health, and people in Dubai tend to be happier and livelier than those who have to cope with cold, wet, depressing climates.

All cities and major towns in the UAE have at least one modern hospital and usually several others with highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment. When choosing a hospital, your best bet is to seek recommendations from colleagues and friends.

There are several different types of hospital, including public and private hospitals. Some hospitals in the private sector are luxuriously appointed and could easily pass as five-star hotel accommodation. Their prices are at a similar level.

Most of Dubai’s private hospitals have an out-patients’ department and an accident and emergency unit, although casualties are likely to be directed towards public hospitals by the emergency services, e.g. in the case of road accidents.

The term ‘clinic’ is used to denote a general practitioner’s surgery.

There’s little overcrowding in hospitals and clinics in Dubai, where hospitals and major clinics are open 24 hours a day and usually operate on a first come, first served basis. Arabic and English are widely spoken, English being frequently used in private hospitals, where many staff and most patients are foreign. Accommodation in private hospitals is generally in single rooms rather than wards, and parents can stay with their children. Costs for accommodation vary considerably, according to whether a hospital is super-luxurious or more modest. Treatment costs usually vary according to the standard of accommodation. Dubai is served by excellent doctors, and there’s a high ratio of doctors to patients.

Dubai Health Authority


dubai health authority

The Dubai Health Authority provides a vast array of services across different domains, both in the physical domain and online.

Health services are provided in three main hospitals (Dubai Hospital, Rashid Hospital and Al Wasl Hospital), in speciality centres and in Primary Health Care clinics, in addition to the online services provided to a vast community of users including the public, private health professionals, investors and others.

The directory of services lists the most important services that DHA provides. It is a primary reference point for the community members wondering about service access and usage information for both online and offline services.

Dubai Emergency Hospital Numbers:
Dubai Hospital 04 2195000
Rashid Hospital 04 2192000
Al Wasl Hospital 04 2193000

Doctors
Doctors are administered either by the Ministry of Health. Many of Dubai’s doctors come from Europe, the USA, Egypt, India and Pakistan, and their qualifications are verified by the Ministries before they’re allowed to practise in the region. Alternative medicine practitioners aren’t as common as they are in Europe and the USA, and you should check that they’ve been given state registration before using them. On the other hand, there are excellent antenatal and obstetrics services throughout the region, in both the public and private sectors; if you don’t have private cover, the public services have a first class reputation.

Doctors are allowed to advertise and commonly do but it’s best to choose a doctor according to word-of-mouth recommendation. If you have private health cover, you can change your doctor as you feel necessary, make appointments easily and in some instances simply walk in and see a doctor. Doctor’s appointments in the public sector are normally given within 24 to 72 hours of the request.

If making use of public health facilities, however, you’re recommended to attend in person to ensure that you obtain help quickly, rather than relying on the telephone appointment system. Surgery hours vary but there are always two periods, usually between 9am and 1pm, and from 5 to 8.30pm. A same-day appointment can usually be arranged, and in an emergency you will be seen very quickly.

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