Salary of Doctors in UAE (Authentic and Fully Updated)

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Doctors are one of the highest paid professionals in the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is a “tax-free” country with tremendous advantages for expatriates, especially doctors and healthcare professionals. The oil-rich Arab land offers one of the largest per-capita incomes in the world with no government income tax on the salaries which makes it a highly desirable place for job seekers.

In addition to lucrative salaries, the doctors are also offered luring incentives and benefits which include housing, air tickets to the home country, transport allowance and children education. The Chief Operating Officers (CEOs) of large hospitals earn up to 100,000-150,000 Arab Emirates Dirham (AED) per month with additional yearly bonus packages (a percentage of hospital’s total earnings) as well as many other perks.



Earlier, we published an article pertaining to the salary of doctors in Pakistan where we compared service structures of all four provinces. Today, we are going to share with you details regarding the salary of doctors in UAE. This article is based on authentic data collected from doctors working in Dubai and UAE.

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Salary of MBBS Doctor in UAE
Salary of FCPS Doctor in UAE
Salary of MRCP Doctor in UAE
Salary of FRCP/FRCS Doctor in UAE

Rashid Hospital — a 786-bed hospital based in Dubai is UAE’s largest healthcare facility.

The salaries vary to a greater extent on the following factors:

  • Academic background (degrees, certifications, and trainings)
  • Experience
  • Area of specialty (Cardiologists and Neurologists earn more)
  • Country of nationality (USA and UK doctors are highly paid compared to their subcontinental counterparts, the Arabs are racists! 😀 )

Types of Healthcare licenses in UAE

Below are the four types of healthcare licenses granted to doctors by regulatory authorities. Under each license, a doctor can work in a defined territory. The UAE healthcare licenses are as follows:

READ ALSO: How to Apply for HAAD, DHA, MOH and DHCC Medical License Exam of UAE

  • DHA License: This license is granted by “Dubai Health Authority” for hospital jobs based in Dubai.
  • HAAD License: This license is granted by “Health Authority of Abu Dhabi” for hospital jobs in Al-Ain and Abu Dhabi.
  • MOH License: This license is granted by the “Ministry of Health” for positions in Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah or Umm al Quwain.
  • DHCC License: This license is valid for job in Dubai Healthcare City

Requirements for taking UAE Healthcare Licensing Exam:

  1. MBBS or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  2. Completion of house job (internship).
  3. Additional two years of clinical experience.

Exemption from UAE Medical License Exams

For details on exemptions criteria for UAE’s medical license exams, please check here: Exemption Criteria for HAAD, DHA, MOH & DHCC License Exams

 

Salary of Doctors in UAE

Here we’ll share with you salary of doctors in UAE based on their qualification i.e MBBS, FCPS, MRCP and FRCP/FRCS. 🙂




We contacted Dr. Yasir Ameer Baloch, (Former Resident Doctor MRCP (UK) at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Research Center, Lahore currently working as a Physician-General Internal Medicine at Masafi Hospital, Ministry of Health & Prevention, Fujairah, UAE), for assisting us in this matter. 🙂

UAE Doctors
Dr. Yasir Ameer Baloch is a graduate of Bolan Medical College, Quetta, Balochistan.

 

Here’s what he reported:

Salary of MBBS Doctor in UAE

  • Under HAAD License, a General Practioner was getting around 20-25K AED per month which has now dropped down to 12-17K AED/month (Abu Dhabi and Alain).
  • GP’s working under Foreign Contract (offers most attractive salaries and incentives) are paid 16,500 AED/month with additional benefits such as single or family accommodation, furniture allowance, children education, yearly air tickets and family visa. Indians and Pakistanis are mostly on Foreign Contracts.
  • GP’s working under Local Contract have the same salary with no benefits. Sudanese are mostly on Local Contract.

** Foreign Contracts are comparatively less in number and their appointment is subject to availability.

** MOH License is applicable to both government and private hospitals. But the government hospitals run MOH License only. Doctors with this license are offered two types of contracts: Foreign and Local Contracts.



Salary of FCPS Doctor in UAE

  • Doctors with FCPS, under HAAD license, are paid 40-50K AED per month (depending on the size and type of healthcare facility).
  • Under MOH license (excluding Dubai), if a doctor is working under Foreign Contract, he is paid 27-30K with benefits. Local Contract offers the same salary with no benefits.
  • Under MOH License, a doctor practicing in Dubai is paid 30-40K AED per month.

** After postgraduation, 3 years experience is must for becoming a specialist.

Salary of MRCP Doctor in UAE

  • Doctors with MRCP degree are offered 40-50K AED per month under HAAD license. Rest of the details are same as mentioned above.

Salary of FRCP/FRCS Doctor in UAE

  • FRCP/FRCS are considered as consultant doctors and they are offered 60-70K AED per month (not fixed, varies from Emirate to Emirate and type of healthcare facility) with benefits.

Influence of Country of Nationality on Salaries in UAE

Dr. Yasir Ameer Baloch further added that a doctor’s country of nationality has significant influence over his/her pay scale. For instance, the British and American doctors are offered higher salaries and more benefits as compared to others.

 

Salary of Doctors in UAE for British and American Nationals

 

JOB POSITION AVERAGE SALARY BENEFITS/INCENTIVES
CEO of a large hospital or medical facility 100-150K AED per month + YEARLY BONUS Lavish housing, air tickets to the home country, transport,  hospital accommodation, children education and yearly bonus
Consultant Category A Doctors (MBBS/M.D, Ph.D, Fellowship  and at least 10 years of experience) 70-90K AED per month + PROFIT SHARE Better housing, air tickets to the home country, transport, children education, hospital accommodation and profit share
Consultant Category B Doctors (MBBS/M.D, Ph.D, Fellowship  and at least 5 years of experience) 55-80K AED per month Better housing, air tickets to the home country, children education, transport and hospital accommodation
Specialist Category A Doctors
[MBBS/M.D, Masters (24 months) or equivalent and work experience at least 3 years after obtaining the last credential]
40K-60K AED per month Housing, air tickets, children education and transport allowance
Specialist Category B Doctors
[MBBS/M.D, Diploma (12 months) or equivalent and work experience at least 3 years after obtaining the last credential]
35–50K AED per month Housing, air tickets, children education and transport allowance
General Practitioner
(MBBS/M.D, House job and has completed 5 years of experience after house job)
30–40K AED per month Housing, air tickets and transport allowance
Starting General Practioner (MBBS/M.D, House job, less than 5 years of experience)  25-30K AED per month Housing, air tickets and transport allowance

 

Hope you found this article useful and informative! 🙂

P.S: If you are reading this and you know anything worth sharing regarding the salary of doctors in UAE, then please share with us below in the comment box. 🙂

117 COMMENTS

  1. I am a doctor from Bangladesh. I did MBBS from Bangladesh and MSc cardiology from UK. Now working in Bangladesh. Can I get any job here.

    • Yes, you can… but first, you have to appear in the licensing exams of UAE’s health regulatory authorities.

    • I am a doctor from Bangladesh… I did MBBS from Bangladesh… I have been working in Maldives under ministry of health since last year.. Can I get any jobs in UAE? What r the process?

    • Hi Dr. Saleh Ahmad Tahlil,
      Please can you tell me how you got into the Msc Cardiology program in the UK? Was it through a scholarship or you paid for it on your own? Please I will like your reply because I am interested in doing my Msc in cardiology. Thanks.

  2. Hi what about a graduate from Pakistan with 1 year internship, Canadian citizen and passed Canadian medical exams?

  3. You write that who’s has a degree of m.d are exempted from getting these licenses .I have degree of m.d in paediatrics from kazakhstan maw I exempted also from getting those licenses to work in UAE?kindly clear it .My name is Dr muhammad Shahryar khan I am.a Pakistani national registered doctor here at Pakistan with Pakistan medical and dental council.Kindly reply me on my email if [email protected]

    • Dear Shahryar,

      Only those with an M.D from USA, by studying there as in case of an American Citizen OR an International Medical Graduate (IMG) completing all three steps of USMLE have the privilege to be exempted from these licensing exams.

      You will need to do an independent research as well to find more relevant information. Good luck! 🙂

    • I think here exempted means, you have to seat for licensing exams. only the MDs from USA completeing USMLE are exemptedfrom licensing exams. am I right? Dr. Auranzaib Baloch

  4. Can you please post about USMLE,PlAb and AMC? Which one is the best option for IMG esp pakistanis ? I want to appear in AMC exam but some people are discouraging me that you cannot get a job in austrilia even after clearing your exam! Kindly make a post about it and help me plzz

    • Thank you for stopping by Amna! 🙂

      Sure, we’re working on it… We’ll soon publish a blog regarding the salary of doctors in USA, Australia, and U.K. Please stay tune! 🙂

  5. Great job. I have a question could you please help. How is the scope of general adult psychiatry jobs in UAE?
    Thanks in advance.

  6. I am a medical student of last year in Ukraine, Indian citizen
    I am doing MD here (equivalent to MBBS) in India

    What will be the procedure for me?

    • Dear Ankit,

      I am not sure for the procedure for M.D obtained from a country other than USA. Please give us some time, we’ll update soon! 🙂

    • Yes, you can do house job (internship) in UAE.

      ** Qualifications required: MBBS or MBChB or equivalent qualification from an accredited institution.

      ** No clinical experience required.

      • Internship for how long… payable/nonplayable? After completion of the internship if we pass HAAD liscencing exam…then can we get the job? worth how much salary?

        • Requirements for taking UAE Healthcare Licensing Exam:

          ** MBBS or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution. M.D are exempted from these licensing exams. ?
          ** Completion of house job (internship).
          ** Additional two years of clinical experience.

  7. Hi,

    If I am a Singaporean, by American board Certified, would my salary be the same as an American/British person? And what about Canadian citizens?

  8. I am an Indian citizen doing MBBS in China. How can I do my internship in Dubai, UAE? Could you please tell me the procedure?

  9. My father MD Pathology 23 + years of experience now in Saudi Arabia. MOH since 2.5 years now aged 52, cleared all 3 UAE licensing exams still difficult to find the job in UAE.

    Any recruiter you can suggest we have desperately tried many but didn’t work out.

  10. Hello, dear brother, Kindly help me with this question. As I am already graduated from China done MBBS and completed 1-year Internship, but according to UAE rules, they need 2-year clinical experience. Do I stand a chance to complete 1 more year clinical internship/attachment in UAE? Please tell me the procedure in this regard! thanks

    • No, you have to have additional 2 years of clinical experience for being eligible for HAAD, MOH or any other licensing exam.

  11. Aoa I am 3rd year MS. Resident in eye dept in Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad, PIMS, ISB, PK.

    Please guide me how and when exactly should I be applying for any good opportunity?

  12. I am done with two Years of experience in microbiology hematolgy and histopathology..Am I eligible for exam.This is what I have done after Mbbs and house job

  13. I have a UAE resident visa and have completed MBBS and internship in April 2017 from India; as I do not have any work experience(I am a fresher) So without DHA or MOH – can I attend any observerships or clinical attachments with a senior doctor ? Paid or unpaid ; Not an issue..

    IS there any possibility for me?

  14. hi i m dr imran.i have mbbs,mrcp uk,6 years exp in emergency medicine and overall 10 years.medical experience..i have european passport as well..how much salary they will pay in case i get job?

  15. i also have passed pres/trass exam in ireland..i also hold irish and gmc (UK) medical council regisgtrations..is HAAD/MOH exempted as well?

  16. Asalam u alaikum
    I m pursuing MD anaesthesia in india.. how much experience after postgraduation will be needed for working in UAE n appearing in the licensing exam.. N plz tell me what will be the pay scale?

  17. Assalamualaikum,

    I’m Dr. Mahmood Hasan Khan. I’m an MD (Cardiology). Do I’ve an option as Cardiologist in the U.A.E?

  18. is there any age limit of getting job in uae? Do they consider taking someone around 50 with very good clinicla experience

  19. How difficult are these exams? I am talking about UAE medical licensing exams like DHA,MOH,HAAD etc….what is the difficulty level for a person who has done mbbs and completed three years experience? are these tests as difficult as USMLE,PLAB etc….or not?

  20. Hi,
    I am A Final Year Med student in Pakistan… can i do my house job in UAE? And if yes from where? Please give me some names and will it be paid?

  21. Dear sir,
    I just completed my MBBS degree from china with one year internship. So can I apply for the job now?

    • Well, you have to have added 2 years of clinical experience and then sit for UAE’s medical licensing exams. If you pass, you will be awarded the license to practice in UAE.

      Then you can apply for jobs.

  22. Hi.
    I am a UK national. MBBS from pakistan. 1 year housejob and 2 years of experience in dermatology. What will be my status.. exemptions? And salary?

  23. Hi, I am DGO with 10 years experience from India. Appearing for GP DHA. Please guide about salary I should expect…Thanks in advance.

  24. Hi
    Can u please tell the expected salary for a person who has completed mrcog/fcps gyane passed exam recently but no experience post fcps
    4 years training and exam passed with plab exemption

  25. DEAR AURANGZAIB.
    I M AN MMBS GRADUATE AND I HAVE RECENTLY PASSED PLAB 2 (UK). I DID NOT REGISTER WITH GENERAL MEDICAL COUNCIL UK.
    HOW CAN I APPLY FOR UAE LICENSE BASED ON PLAB 2.

  26. Quick questions :
    1. What if you clear only PLAB 1 ? are you exempt from the exam?
    2. If one has completed PLAB 2 but did not register for licensure with the GMC ( is he/she still exempt from the exams)?
    3. What if one has completed PLAB 2 exam like 5 years ago and is now planning to work in dubai. Given the fact that the exam was done a while ago is he still exempt from doing the dubai exams?? Or they dont really care how long ago you completed the PLAB exam , just important that you have completed them ?

    Please clear these points will be forever grateful

  27. I have 7 years experience , cleared all usmle tests include step 3 and USA clinical experience for 7 months and I have active license as gp in Indonesia for 7 years and I have renew my 5 years license . Can I get gp license and apply job?

  28. Hello, i am a nigerian studying in sudan 4th year MBBS. Can i get a paid internship in dubai and what are the procedures . Please reply.

  29. Hi .. Baloch can you please guide me … My wife has done MBBS and have experience of 3 years currently working in Pakistan and I want to bring her here in Dubai can you please guide me does she will get job here and moreover does she attempt HAAD exam on Visit visa.. your guidance will be appreciated.I will wait for your reply…..

  30. Hi
    Myself Dr Inam .I ve done my MBBS from China n I’ve completed my internship from India.I’ve 3 years . I want to appear for DHA .Please let me know how to prepare for it

  31. Hi,
    What are the job prospects in UAE for those who have finished MBBS,MD,DM (Neurology) from india?

    -Thanks

  32. If I register in dha as a GP and I hold mrcp uk plus one year of expreience after it. Eventhough as a GP I have 18 years of experience.
    What will be my pay scale. Any rough idea. Your help will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks

  33. kindly tell whether experience after FCPS in Radiology is required or not.I wanted to apply in specialist category and applied for DHA but they only asked for FCPS degree and no other experience.

  34. Hi. I am an FCPS in surgery. Done Plab too with full GMC registration. Currently working in UK as registrar. 2nd year here . I know Plab is an exemption for GPs. Do you think I will have to sit exam for registration as I will be applying for specialist. I have more then 2 years experience in Pakistan and now 2nd year in UK.if yes Which exam is better? And what salary range I should expect?

  35. Hi,
    Just a quick question.
    I am a consultant histopathologist in UK. I did my CCT along with FRCPath from UK. I am a UK national.
    I struggle to find any package information for UK national doctor.
    I was wondering what salary would I get?

  36. I have MRCP UK with full GMC registration and Done MBBS and MD medicine from Indian…(3yr practice)
    So,do I need to give licensing exam?
    How much salary can I get at start

  37. Helloo… i would like to know the oppurtunities in Dubai and the salary scale for a UK trained GP (MRCGP) with 3yrs of UK experienced..

  38. I wanted to ask as you are saying that 2 year clinial experience is necessary for getting a license in UAE.I am doing a job in Basic health unit after completing my housejob. Will this count as a clininal ecperience?

  39. hi, thanks for the information provided above. i found it very helpful. i am a medical doctor from nigeria, working in saudi arabia as an anaesthesia resident. i have four (4) years experience with a diploma in anaesthesia from the west africa college of surgeon. i am looking forward to working in UAE. kindly help with necessary informations to actualize this. thanks

  40. Assalam o alaicum, brother Aurangzaib Bloach.i will be grateful for your comments .I have MBBS FROM PAKISTAN AND FRCS FROM GLASGOW.BUT MY EXPERIENCE IS IN GENERAL PRACTICE. CAN I GET ANY EXEMPTION FROM DHA EXAM? THANKD

  41. Hi Aurangzaib

    I have an FCPS that means fellowship in paediatrics.I have 5 year experience after thay. can I get the licence to work in Dubai?
    if so what is the procedure?
    pls looking forward ur ans.

  42. Hi i hv done my MBBs frm Pakistan .i hav completed my one year hisejob.one year as wmo in bhu n now I’m doing my mcps ttraining .I want to settle in UAE my in-laws are there.kindly tel me whether I’m eligible for uae exam.n which exam I hav to clear for job in Dubai.thanks

    • Bushra, you need additional 2-years of work experience after house job for being eligible to apply for the UAE licensure exams.

      • السلام عليكم
        لو سمحت انا لدي الجنسية الالمانية وشهادة الفاخ الالمانية في كلينيكال باثولوجي ابحث عن وظيفة في دبي هل لابد من التقديم علي dha وال dhcc معاً ام واحدة تكفي.
        وماهي الفائدة عند حصولي علي الاثنين معاً.
        انا في السنة الأولي بعد الفاخ كم تقريبا سيكون راتبي في دبي؟
        ارجوا منك الرد علي استفسارتي

  43. Hi
    Can I ask the scope of Psychiatry and GP jobs in UAE? I am currently in GP training programme in UK.
    Also if someone can elaborate on pay scales please, I ll be very much appreciate that.

    Many thanks

  44. I am graduating with a MD and finished step 1 through 3. Does this mean I am only exempt from the exams not the 2 year experience? Is it possible for me to apply for a license right after I graduate? Or would I have to complete two years of residency in the states before that?

  45. My father did mbbs and mrcp from uk 16 months before..appeared in prometric exam of uae …they send eligibility letter to work as medical practioner…my question is first i apply for a job and getting offer letter then have to apply for license or first get license and then apply for job??

    • If your father has been exempted from the licensing exam (as indicated by his credentials), then he can apply for license-to-practice directly. Once he gets the license, then he’ll have to apply for jobs (desired Emarite/State and hospital, as he pleases).

  46. Also i have a second question My father has 20 year experience after mbbs .including of which 14 years of working experence in saudi arabia….have six sigma black belt ,examiner of saudi medical board and also working as specialist internal medicine and also additional work as assistant medical director in ministry hospital…

  47. What is the future of an Ayurveda Doctor in UAE with basic qualification B. A. M. S and with additional qualification M.D (Rasa Shastra means Pharmacognosy) ? Also mention about salary etc.

  48. DearAurangzeb. I a.m. Consultant Urologist in UK (on GMC specialist register). I have FCPS Urology in2009 and FRCS Urology 2014. What salary should I expect when applying

  49. Hello. I would like to know what is the difference between a specialist and a consultant apart from the pay. Do they have the same roles?

  50. I’m 2008 past out from Russia. can u kindly guide me with the procedures to join internship in dubai. any answer will appreciable. thank you in advance.

  51. I’m a GP, graduated from Grodno State Medical University, Belarus.

    I’m Registered in Medical Council of Mauritius, currently working in a Government Hospital.

    1.5 years experience in Private Hospital. Apollo.

    Nearly 2 years experience in Government Hospital.

    Need DHA exam for Dubai post?

    Also exam can only be given in Dubai? 2 parts MCQ and Oral?

  52. I’m Dr. Ali Ashraf Ellahebokus, MD from Grodno, Belarus

    Currently a Registered Medical Practitioner in Mauritius.

    Almost 4 years work experience.

    Procedures to worry in Dubai same?

  53. Can u tell me if i have completed mrcs(member royal college of surgeons and physicians) and get gmc registered…then i m exempted for liscensing exams?

  54. i am from pakistan did my mbbs and mphil physiology from king edward medical college
    is there any jobs in teaching field or phd from dubai????

  55. What if country where you studied medicine has internship less than a year and aferwards you have more than 2 years of experience?

  56. Very informative !
    Just out of curiosity , what pay range would I be looking at being a diplomate american board in neurology with added board in vascular neurology.
    Thanks and keep up the good work .

  57. Hello Dr. I have done my diploma in peads n have 2yrs exp. M planning to write the exam soon.. Wat is the scope plz do reply. Thank u

  58. Hi. Can you please tell me what would the starting salary be for an Indian/Pakistani doctor who has done an internal medicine residency from the US ?? Thank you !

  59. Hi Aurangzaib,
    Thank you for the amazing website.
    Can I just ask you about what roughly would be the pay of a histopathology consultant from UK.
    I have CCT from UK (complete training) and UK national.
    Thanks.

  60. Hi.
    I am a dentist from india. All the above posts are of medical doctors. I am a triple degree holder -BDS, MDS ( Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology), PGCPAD( Post graduate clinical program in Aesthetic dentistry). Currently, I run my own clinic and its been 3 years. Can you give a brief insight about job options ( General practiotioner / Specialist) as well as salary .

    Awaiting your response

    thanking you

  61. Hi Dr aurangzaib. Dr rafique here from Karachi. I m have completed my fcps residency in Ortho and want to know it’s value and scope in middle East, specially UAE.. thanks dear

  62. Hi Aurangzaib,
    Very informative. I will be completing my post graduation in radio diagnosis. If I pass the licensing exams right away. Can I get a job there in a good institute with good salary package? Kindly mail me

  63. Hi. I have cleared my Fcps 2 exam. But I didn’t work after that. Does it possible that I get job with experience gap?? Only i have my postgraduation training experience.

  64. Hi Aurangzaib,
    Please are qualifications from the West African College of Surgery allowed to practice as specialist dentists?

  65. Hi aurangzaib.
    I have jist cleard my fcps part 1 exam in pakistan.what salary do they offer if i start rmoship in uae or if i plan to start my residency over there

  66. Hi, Aurangzaib Baloch,
    I am from Sri Lanka,14 years post internship experienced doctor with MBBS( Sri Lanka), Australian Medical Council (AMC) exam part 1 and Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine (University of Colombo,Sri Lanka).

    Please let me know what is the chance/eligibility to work in Dubai/AUE ,
    Do I have to sit any selecting examinations in UAE,
    Approximate salary,
    How to apply?
    Thanks
    Dr. Pradeep Bandara

  67. I have done fcps in radiology from cpsp and has 1has post fellowship experience..will they give mejob as specialist in uae.

  68. Hello Aurangzaib.
    I have finished my MD paediatrics followed by fellowship in Neonatology from India.
    I am planning to do fellowship from Newstle, UK next year.
    People are telling that the doctors vacancies in the middle east will become saturated in another couple of years.
    I am worried about this, how genuine is this rumour about paediatric jobs getting saturated in the near future??
    Thank you.

  69. What is the post an Indian doctor with MBBS.MS(Master of Surgery-general surgeon) also passed MRCS(edin) will get in Dubai and what will be the mean salary?? Kindly reply

  70. Hiii.. I did my MBBS MS Mch ( superspecialisation in gastrosurgery ) from India .. post Mch 3 year experience .. post MS 7 years experience ( including 3 years of Mch) .. what r prospects

  71. i am nepalese citizen, did my post graduation from china, MBBS,MS IN UROLOGY, AND DIPLOMA IN ENDOUROLOGY( TWO years), and have almost six years of experience, so can u please guide me through the process how to get job in UAE. thanks

  72. Hi, i am i.m.g. from Pakistan , i am a graduate of 2015, now working currently as a medical officer in Rehman clinic Pakistan.

    I did my U.S.M.L.E. step 1 and scored 229 .. i am also planning to take step 2 usmle soon

    I am interested to apply for Dubai Residency Program. but i am not sure from where to begin with .plz can you guide me , how do i start my application process so that i be able to apply for residency in 2019,

    Looking forwards to see your reply.

    Thanks and Regards.

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