Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf  on the Arabian Peninsula and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory by area (4,114 km2) after Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the national capital, are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country's legistlature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate's Northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai is nowadays often misperceived as a country or city-state and, in some cases, the UAE as a whole has been described as 'Dubai'.

Registration Process


  • Bachelor degree in physiotherapy. 
  • Minimum 2 years physiotherapy work experience required.
  • Senior physiotherapists require minimum 7 years work experience, or 5 years with a Masters degree.
  • Apply for professional licensure via the Dubai Health Authority online. 
  • Dubai Health Authority assessment must be completed – Computer based exam, may be performed in England (London and Manchester).




  • Bachelor degree in physiotherapy.
  • Proof of work experience (minimum 2 years).
  • Licence to practice – obtained through the Dubai Health Authority online.
  • Completed Dubai Health Authority assessment (An online application for professional licensure must be completed in order to book an exam).
  • Certificate of good standing – application may be filled in through the Dubai Health Authority online.
  • Sponsorship is required to work in Dubai – a hospital may act as a sponsor once employment has been gained.
  • Dubai working visa.



The total cost of registration is as follows:


  • Licensing Assessment Fee: €50
  • Credentialing fee: €40
  • New Licence fee: €205
  • DHA assessment test: €130
  • Certificate of good standing fee: €100
  • Total: €525


Registration in the UAE


Programme Requirements:

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • At least 1 year public sector experience or 2 years private sector experience required



3 different Health Ministries exist in the UAE:


1. MOH – Ministry of Health. Passing the MOH allows the therapist to work in 5 emirates but not in Dubai orAbu Dhabi.

2. DHA – Dubai Health Authority (previously known as DOHMS – Department of Health and Medical Services) DHA registration is required for working inDubai.

3.Abu Dhabi Health Authority

Need to gain licence from the Health Ministry to work in government hospitals inUnited Arab Emirates.


1. MOH Examination:

  • Conducted twice a year
  • Multiple choice written exam

Candidate required to find a sponsor who can support them with a job and later apply for the MOH and DOH exam.


2. DOH Examination:

  • Panel interview


3. HAAD Examination:

  • Licence for practicing in Abu Dhabi.
  • Written computer based Licensure Examination.
  • Active Testing Centre:London- Pearson Professional Centres-London Holborn.
  • AED 331 fee paid directly to Pearson Vue.
  • Candidates who are successful in passing this exam can apply to the Licensing Section of the Health Authority Abu Dhabi for the oral exam.
  • Oral Examination – AED 50 fee to be paid to HAAD Finance Department.

Emirates Physiotherapy Society Registration:

  • Must be a member of the Emirates Medical Association.
  • One off application fee: 350Dhs.

Renewal membership fee: 200Dhs.

Salary and Working Hours 


The salary of a physiotherapist varies depending on one's nationality and university of study. European degrees are highly regarded and you could earn up to €8,000+ per month



Useful Links:


MOH examination preparation:


HAAD examination information and study aids:


Emirates Physiotherapy Society:


Emirates Medical Association:



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