As we all know that the covid pandemic has hit severely for all the people, and if we go in detail about Dubai, due to these pandemic situation there has been a shortage of nurses in UAE. Thus it is a really good opportunity to consider becoming a nurse  or to  pursue a career in nursing while living  abroad. This article will outline the requirements for becoming a nurse in Dubai and explain why so many individuals  prefer to immigrate to Dubai as a registered nurse. 

The qualification requirements for all UAE nurses

Just like any other country, to be a registered nurse, you will first need to complete BSc nursing. As we can find several universities within UAE that offer this degree. Since nursing course is of high demand, most of the colleges offer accelerated BSc nursing which could be studied online. These online courses will allow student to study and work at the same time. The students can select according to their day to day priorities.

DHA registration

DHA registration is very important if you wish to practice as a health care worker in UAE. Thus you need to apply for DHA or Dubai health association. As like Most of the cities in Middle East, Dubai also has its own application procedure in order to get a license for practice. For Example, in other gulf areas, HAAD for Abu Dhabi or MOH for Sharjah.

Things to consider for a nursing license in Dubai after studying abroad:

  • You need a qualification from an accredited midwife or nurse who has minimum of three years of training.
  • You need a basic life support certificate
  • And finally you need 2 years’ experience as a registered nurse.

The DHA application procedure can be done online. Although it is said as a simple and easy procedure, in reality it is a lengthy process. A lot of paper works are required to start the application:

  • A valid passport
  • A passport size photograph is required with a white background
  • Birth certificate
  • Nursing qualification certificates
  • A transcript of all training in hours
  • Previous employment references

These documents need to be scanned and uploaded  in the DHA portal after you finish creating your account. After the verification of the authorities, the nurses are required to take a two-hour multiple choice exam which consist of 70 questions. And if the candidate answers at least 60 percent i.e. 42 questions right then the candidate will receive an eligibility letter which is considered valid for one year. And the whole process will take place within 3 to 6 months.

For more details , please refer to our previous blog here : DHA 

How to apply for DHA

DHA is for acquiring a nursing license in Dubai. Due to the rising demand for quality health care, increasing population and lifestyle diseases of people have severely affected and this brought to the introduction of health insurances in companies. If you wish to work as nurse in Dubai, you must first with register with the Dubai Health Authority which is a regulatory agency for all health professionals including nurses in the health industry.

Employers in Dubai offer some incentives to attract qualified nurses
  • They provide Dental, health and life insurance
  • 40 days of paid leave for employed nurses on a full time basis
  • Tax free income
  • Free accommodation and housing allowances
  • Education allowances for accompanying children


We , Pharma International Institute offers 2 months online coaching for DHA Exam in order to clear the exam on their first attempt and also provides all assistance to candidates even after clearing exam to achieve their goals and make their dreams come true.