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.
The salaries vary to a greater extent on the following factors:
- Academic background (degrees, certifications, and trainings)
- 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:
- 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:
- MBBS or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
- Completion of house job (internship).
- 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. 🙂
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|
(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! 🙂
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