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Health Care in Al Ain

Learn about the health system in Al Ain: how it can and cannot be used by expats, nomads, retirees and others moving to and living in Al Ain.

The healthcare system in Al Ain, offers both public and private healthcare services to its residents, including expats and digital nomads. The quality of healthcare in Al Ain is generally high, with well-equipped hospitals and clinics available for various medical needs.

UAE’s Healthcare System

The UAE’s public healthcare system is managed by the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), which operates numerous hospitals and clinics throughout the country. Foreigners are allowed to use the public healthcare system, but many expats prefer private hospitals for their medical needs. Public hospitals in Al Ain are generally well-equipped and can handle serious medical emergencies and major surgeries. However, some people recommend using private hospitals for such cases due to shorter waiting times and more personalized care. Private hospitals in Al Ain offer a more luxurious experience, with state-of-the-art facilities and highly trained medical staff.

Hospitals and Clinics for Expats in Al Ain

Some recommended hospitals and clinics in Al Ain include:

  • Al Ain Hospital (public) – a general hospital located in the city center
  • Tawam Hospital (public) – a specialized hospital focusing on oncology and located near the Al Ain University
  • Oasis Hospital (private) – a general hospital located in the Al Jimi area, known for its maternity and pediatric services
  • Mediclinic Al Jowhara Hospital (private) – a general hospital located in the Al Hili area
  • Universal Hospital Al Ain (private) – a multispecialty hospital located in the Al Muwaiji area
In case of specialized medical care or surgeries not available in Al Ain, expats may need to travel to nearby cities like Abu Dhabi or Dubai, which are approximately 1.5 to 2 hours away by car.

Emergency Services in Al Ain

Al Ain has ambulance services available for emergencies. To call for an ambulance, dial 998 or 999. While the response time for ambulances is generally quick, there may be occasional delays due to traffic or other factors.

Health Insurance Companies in Al Ain

Popular private health insurance companies in Al Ain include Daman, AXA, and Oman Insurance Company. These companies offer various health insurance plans catering to different needs and budgets. Expats and digital nomads may choose to use these local insurance providers or opt for specialized expat health insurance providers, depending on their preferences and requirements.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

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