Nursing in Dubai | FAQ


If you are considering a move in your career to nursing in Dubai then you are bound to have a whole host of questions. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions here, but if you have a query which you’d like answered then make sure to visit our Contact Page and let us know.

What is the average salary for a nurse in Dubai?

The average pay for a nurse working in Dubai is between 2,500 and 10,000 UED per month. This equates as:

  • $800-2500
  • £450-1600  
  • €525-2000.

These rates will vary a lot between a nurses position, qualifications and even country of origin. As in other countries a nurse which is more highly qualified and has more experience will receive a higher wage. Furthermore if you are working in a private hospital or as a nurse for a company or family that it is highly likely you will receive an above average pay packet.

Is Dubai really tax free?

Yes! All of the earned income that you receive when working as nurse in Dubai will be 100% tax free. This is true as of March 2013.

How to do I get a work permit to practice nursing in Dubai?

In order to practice nursing in Dubai you must pass a DHA Assessment if you are required to do so, for our guide to the DHA Assessment click here.

As well as proving that you are fit to practice nursing you will be required to get a working permit and a residency permit for Dubai. With the rapid immigration that is currently occuring in Dubai this tends to be a very cut and dry process, but for more details click here to read out guide on the process.

What is the cost of living in Dubai?

The cost of living in Dubai is relatively expensive. Forbes named Dubai as the 20th most expensive city in the world, with prices comparable to Paris, London and Rome. For more information on the cost of living in Dubai check out this guide by Numbeo.

Is housing in Dubai expensive?

Residential property in the center of Dubai can be quite expensive, indicated by the high cost of living. However, it is very common in Dubai for nurses to either be given free accommodation for the duration of their employment or a generous housing allowance on top of their salary to aid with the high prices of property in Dubai.

What benefits can I expect to receive when working as a nurse in Dubai?

Employers in Dubai tend to be very generous when providing benefits for their employees, it is not uncommon for both private and governmental hospitals to provide a range of the below benefits:

  • Housing Allowance
  • Travel Allowance (including free flights to country of origin)
  • Relocation incentives
  • 40 days of paid leave for full time workers
  • Health, dental and life insurance for workers
  • Educational allowance to send children to school

For more information on the unique benefits that will be provided make sure to contact your employer or employment agency.

Does the Islamic dress code apply to foreigners or nurses?

All nurses are expected to wear uniform unless told otherwise. However, it is not compulsory for non-Muslim citizens to wear the traditional Islamic garments and cover up their face and body. It is recommended that a visitor to Dubai ensures that they dress respectfully when out in public in Dubai however, covering body parts such as breasts and shoulders and leg above the knee. Not only does this prevent you from getting in trouble with authorities, but it also ensures the upmost level of professionalism and consideration for your patients who may hold beliefs different from your own.

The dress code at beaches and in nightclubs however is much more relaxed than in “public”. It is not uncommon for women to wear the swimsuits and dresses that would be seen in the Western world when in these locations.

Can I drink alcohol in Dubai?

Whilst alcohol is not sold from shops or supermarkets in Dubai it is actively sold by restaurants, hotels, bars and nightclubs. Whilst alcohol is served it is still expected that you act respectfully when drinking and do not go over your own personal limit or make a nuisance of yourself for locals who may not hold the same beliefs as yourself.

What language is spoken in Dubai?

The official language of Dubai is Arabic, a non-Latin language. All nurses are likely to be expected to have a working knowledge of the language when working in Dubai in order to properly interact with patients. This is the same as any other country and its native language however.

What is of great help in Dubai is that English is named as the official second language of the city. This is of great assistance to nurses moving from many Western parts of the world and the Philippines.

If you have any other questions regarding nursing in Dubai or lifestyle in the city then make sure to let us know by visiting our contact page!