In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), if an individual wants to practice a profession, they will need to obtain a professional licence. Medical professionals in Abu Dhabi must obtain their license through the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD). 

The first step in the process involves paying a fee, going on a training course and then finally sitting exams for ministry approval. There are different specialities of exams depending on the students profession:

  • Doctors in Abu Dhabi must obtain specific licenses from HAAD depending on whether they are interns, general practitioners, specialists, consultants or resident doctors. 
  • Dentists must obtain specific licenses from HAAD depending on whether they are interns, general dentists, specialists, consultants or resident dentists. 
  • Nurses too must obtain their license from HAAD depending on whether they are applying for registered nurse, registered midwife, nurse practitioner, mental health nurse, paediatric nurse, community nurse or assistant nurse. 
  • Pharmacists need to take a different exam on the basis of their specialisation's, although specialisation's in pharmacy are limited the HAAD classify pharmacists into clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and pharmacy technician.
  • Other professions which are required to take the exam include alternative medical practitioners such as TCM, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy, naturopathic medicine, osteopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and Unani medicine.
Haad Exam

All health-care professionals including doctors, technicians, dentists, pharmacists and traditional practitioners;  especially outside the UAE can now apply online for a medical license to work in the UAE. They can apply for the  fully operational online Examination & Evaluation Sytem (EES), in their own country, thus reducing costs and time, with even the fee being paid electronically. 

Written exam

Some professions required to take the HAAD exam need to sit the written exam which comprises of 150 MCQs with a time limit of 3 hours (180 minutes). If you fail the exam you will need to wait 3 months before taking the exam again.
Last modified: Sunday, 21 July 2013, 07:54 AM