August 4, 2019. Dubai. Graduate nurses and allied health professionals including nutritionists, therapists and dental hygienists who have graduated from accredited medical colleges and universities in the UAE can now apply for a license to practice in Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), announced the free zone's regulator, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR).
These new guidelines are part of a series of initiatives aimed at expanding the talent pool of healthcare professionals in the DHCC free zone, driving Emiratization in the health sector, and building capacity in critical areas such as nursing.
As per the guidelines, fresh graduates, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) professionals from institutions accredited by the UAE Ministry Education will be accepted without the previous requirement of clinical experience, which can be one to two years depending on area of specialty.
There are more than 24 universities providing healthcare education in the UAE. The exemption will encourage graduates from accredited institutions to immediately join the healthcare industry, fostering a seamless progression from academic to clinical practice. In addition, hospitals and clinics in the free zone will be able to recruit locally and train a homegrown talent pool, while providing highest standard of care.
Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, Chief Regulatory Officer, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, "In line with the UAE government's strategy of supporting local talent to drive growth across sectors, our new guidelines will help nurture homegrown clinical talent by providing them with opportunities to develop their skills at DHCC's world-class healthcare facilities. It will also help enhance patient experience as domestic talent is familiar with healthcare needs unique to this region as well as our culture."
The updated guidelines are in line with those of other UAE health authorities. Previously, the exemption was only applicable to general physicians and dentists.
About Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC)
Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) is an economic free zone that was established in 2002 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The free zone is governed by government entity Dubai Healthcare City Authority and regulated by independent body Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory.
Over the past 16 years, DHCC's responsive regulatory framework and high clinical standards have attracted top names in healthcare and medical education. Today, global names such as the UK's Moorfields Eye Hospital, American multinational Johnson & Johnson as well as South Africa's leading private hospital group Mediclinic, have set up in DHCC. Regional leaders Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Group offer specialist patient services. The free zone is also home to one of the youngest medical universities in the country – the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical University of Medicine and Health Sciences which opened in 2014 and is the only institute in the UAE to receive the prestigious American College of Surgeons accreditation.
The free zone's healthcare community thrives alongside a network of businesses from hospitality to consultancies and retail outlets. DHCC continues to remain the base for regional headquarters, and as of 2019, close to a 100 global names operate in the free zone.
Located in the heart of Dubai, DHCC comprises two phases. Phase 1 occupying 9 million square feet in Oud Metha is an established community dedicated to healthcare and medical education. DHCC Phase 2 expansion, currently under development, occupies 19 million square feet in Al Jaddaf Dubai; it is dedicated to wellness with its scenic location overlooking the wetland reserve Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary and Dubai Water Canal that links the Dubai Creek natural seawater inlet of the Arabian Gulf.