In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), if an individual wants to practice as a licensed professional, they need to obtain a license from the appropriate government body. For healthcare professionals wishing to work in Abu Dhabi this license must be obtained through the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD). Upon contacting HAAD you will catergorised into your particular profession and asked to take the HAAD Exam. There is a HAAD exam for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physiotherapists.
The first step in this process involves paying a fee, going on a training course and then finally sitting exams for Ministry approval. There are different specialities of exams depending on the student’s profession:
- Doctors in Abu Dhabi must obtain specific licenses from HAAD depending on whether they are interns, general practitioners, specialists, consultants or resident doctors.
- Dentists must obtain specific licenses from HAAD depending on whether they are interns, general dentists, specialists, consultants or resident dentists.
- Nurses too must obtain their license from HAAD depending on whether they are applying to be a registered nurse, registered midwife, nurse practitioner, mental health nurse, paediatric nurse, community nurse or assistant nurse.
- Pharmacists need to take a different exam on the basis of their specialisation’s, although specialisation’s in pharmacy are limited the HAAD classify pharmacists into clinical pharmacists, community pharmacists and pharmacy technician.
- Dietitians, also are required to obtain a license, this website provides a specially created dietitian course for potential licensees.
- Other professions which are required to take the exam include:
- Alternative medical practitioners such as TCM and Unani medicine
- Chiropractic medicine
- Naturopathic medicine
- Osteopathic medicine
All healthcare professionals including doctors, technicians, dentists, pharmacists and traditional practitioners; especially outside the UAE can now apply online for a medical license to work in the UAE. Each type of professional can apply for the fully-online Examination & Evaluation System (EES) in their own country, thus reducing costs and time. All fees can even be paid electronically.
Some professions required to take the HAAD exam need to sit the written exam. This comprises of 100 MCQs with a time limit of 2.5 hours (150 minutes) which gives you 90 seconds per HAAD exam question. Marking is based on the professional’s country of origin. For instance, a student taking the exam from India must achieve 80% or more to pass the exam. If you fail the exam you will need to wait 3 months before taking the exam again. This website is intended to help people from each type of profession to pass the exam on their first try.