Are there any vaccinations I should get or other health precautions to take as I prepare for my move to your city?
No. Expats are permitted to bring up to 3 months' supply of medicine for personal use (special permission for up to 6 is sometimes granted). Though most medications are available here, it's probably not a bad idea to keep some on hand for the transition period.
Before I get sick, what should I know about seeking medical care in your city as an expat?
You will not need to arrange for private insurance prior to your arrival in Dubai. There are government hospitals offering top-notch care. However, you may prefer to make use of the private clinics, for which you will probably want some form of private insurance. Popular private hospitals include the American Hospital and the Welcare Hospital.
What is the word for "doctor" in the local language?
Arabic for "doctor" is doctour - pronounced "doc-tour"
What is the best way to locate a suitable health care provider?
Generally, people locate doctors through word of mouth.
Do expats in the area tend to leave the city/area/country to seek medical care? If so, why and where do they go?
No. The quality of medical care in Dubai is quite high. Expats and visitors should find no problems in obtaining the appropriate treatment.
What is the number to call to summon help in an emergency? List medical/fire/police.
What do I do if there's an emergency in the middle of the night—or at another time when my normal doctor/clinic is unavailable?
A number of medical institutions have an emergency call-out service and there are hospitals with 24-hour accident and emergency coverage.
How will I recognize a pharmacy? What is it called in the local language?
Pharmacies in Dubai are all called Pharmacy. Each Emirate will have at least 1 pharmacy open 24 hours a day.
Is the water safe to drink?
The local tap water is desalinated water (safe to drink but not always pleasant). Most people prefer to drink local bottled water.
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