Study MBBS in UAE

  • No. of Medical Universities approved by MCI (as of 2020):5
  • Accepts international students-Yes
  • Eligibility:-Min 75% in 10+2, English language proficiency, NEET Qualified Mandatory
  • Average Tuition Fee: 1,17,000 AED Per Year


As a country in the Western Asia at the northeastern end of Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, United Arab Emirates, also called as UAE, is surrounded by Oman to the east and by Saudi Arabia to the south and west. It shares its maritime borders with Qatar in the west and with Iran in the north. Abu Dhabi serves as the capital of United Arab Emirates. UAE was founded in 1971 as a federation. It is a federation of 7 emirates. UAE has a high literacy rate of around 93%. The two biggest and the famous cities of UAE include Abu Dhabi & Dubai and attract millions of tourists each year. Dubai is a city of skyscrapers and is the home to the tallest building of the world- Burj Khalifa. 

UAE currently has the sixth largest economy of the world. It is a member of various world organization including United Nations, World Trade Organization, Organization of the Islamic Conference and the OPEC.  The country stands on the fourteenth position in the purchasing power capita and has a High Human Development Index for the Asian continent. It is also categorized as the high income developing economy by the IMF. As pet the International Schools Consultancy, UAE has 507 international schools. Education is a national priority of the country as per the Ministry of Education. 

Most of the UAE has a sunny weather. The climatic conditions in the country are generally hot and dry. The months of July and August hold the records of being the hottest months of the year with an average temperature of 48 °C. The average minimum temperature ranges from 10°C- 14 °C in ten months of January and February. The average annual rainfall in the coastal area measures less than 120mm, but in some mountainous regions it reaches up to 350 mm.

Islam is the most followed religion in the country of UAE. The government follows the tolerance policy towards the followers of other religions and rarely interferes in non-Muslim followers. Similarly, non-Muslims are expected not to interfere in Islamic religious matters or Islamic upbringing of Muslims. The country has approximately 31 churches, 1 Hindu temple in Bur Dubai region, a Sikh Gurudwara in Jebel Ali and a Buddhist Temple in Al Garhoud. 

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Study MBBS in UAE

As a lot of Indians are settling in Dubai and cities of UAE, an increase in the interest of students to pursue MBBS in Dubai or MBBS in UAE has been noticed in the past few years. A high literacy rate of the country might also be one of the reasons for students’ diversion towards MBBS in UAE. MBBS in UAE is a full time program which enables international students to obtain the degree in UAE and start practicing in the home country right after qualifying country’s licensing examination. MBBS in UAE is a 5/6 years course depending upon the university. Some offer it for 5 years while in others this extends upto 6 years program. Dubai is a great place for students wanting their careers in the field of medicine including the doctors, dentists, nurses and health care professionals. Only learning years and spending time in the college only yields a degree but for the international students to get a job in the country, a hand on experience is required. The universities teaching MBBS hold good world ranking and the degree granted in globally recognized.

MBBS in UAE is a program of extensive teaching and comprises of comprises of preclinical and clinical phase followed by internship when it comes to a 6 year program. The initial 2 and half years are for the preclinical phase and emphasize on the theoretical studies. The classroom teaching program commences in late August or in the month of September. Each academic year consists of 2 semesters. On successfully qualifying the preclinical phase, a student is promoted to the clinical phase which involves emphasis on the practical study in the hospital settings along with theoretical lectures. The session for clinical phase commences in the month of February. The teachings are carried out in the hospitals, clinics, healthcare centers and facilities provided by Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Students at this phase are trained to acquire the technical and clinical skills that are essential to practice medicine. Students are divided into small groups of 6-10 students in each group to practice examining patients under the supervision of trained staff. This phase includes ward rounds, observations in the OT and procedures, group discussions and case studies. After the clinical phase, a full year of internship is also part of the curriculum.

Advantages of studying MBBS in UAE

  • Quality of education is high in UAE. A high literacy rate of the country means qualified faculty to teach
  • A short duration course that yields you a medical degree. Hard work on the end of student is an obvious requirement to be a doctor
  • The degrees granted are globally recognized and the students qualifying from medical schools of UAE are eligible to write the licensing examinations of various countries of the globe
  • A variety of jobs at clinics available at the clinics and hospitals to provide international exposure to the students
  • The country has a highly developed healthcare infrastructure with modern medical facilities that are easily accessible.
  • An international exposure along with learning of a new culture is an obvious advantage
  • UAE is a very safe and hospitable country. It has connectivity with the major countries of the globe. Hence travelling to UAE is also very easy

Eligibility for MBBS in UAE

  • An applicant must be minimum 17 yes of age as on 31st Dec in the year of applying for admission
  • An applicant must have completed minimum 12 years of schooling
  • An applicant must have studied Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) in 10th, 11th and 12th standards. Studying English is a mandatory requirement for an Indian national
  • Minimum 75% in 10+2 for an Indian national
  • In Indian applicant must be NEET qualified Non-UAE applicants must submit an Equivalency Certificate of their High School from Ministry of Education, UAE
  • English Language Proficiency in either of these tests is required
  • TOEFL- iBT higher than 61
  • IELTS- minimum 5 bands for Academic
  • PTE scores- 36-44
  • Cambridge ESOL- 41
  • EmSAT (Emirates Standardized Language Test)- 1100
  • An applicant must be medically fit
  • Qualification to the university entrance examination followed by a short online interview

Documents required for MBBS in UAE

  • Higher Secondary School Certificate/ 10+2 marksheet or equivalent
  • NEET Scorecard
  • Language Proficiency Scorecard
  • Character Certificate
  • Physical Medical fitness certificate
  • Equivalency Certificate
  • Passport Copy
  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport size photographs

*NOTE: School Certificates to be attested in home country by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy

Dubai Medical College

Established in 1985 in Dubai, it is the first private medical college awarding the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The college is focused on giving medical training to students to acquire the degree of MBBS in UAE. The medical scholl provides learning environment both inside and outside the classroom that encourages the students to accomplish educational brilliance. The college is committed to provide medical education at undergraduate and graduate level to the students and promotes high values of academic excellence and public service. It aims at producing competent healthcare professionals and promotes learning, innovation, leadership and quality assurance. Dubai Medical College is one of the leading medical schools of the globe. The student assessment system is at par with the international standards at the medical school. It provides a safe learning environment and optimizes latest teaching and training technologies. The college offers 6 years MBBSCh program including 1 year of internship. The tuition fee of Dubai Medical College for session 2020 is 1,20,000 AED per year. 50% of the fee is to be paid at the time of admission directly at the university and the rest can be paid in 2 equal installments.

Gulf Medical University

Established in 1998, Gulf Medical University, formerly known as Gulf Medical College is a leading private medical institution in UAE. Owned and run by Thumbay group, the school offers undergraduate, graduate and research programs. It offers undergraduate programs in medicine (MBBS), physiotherapy, pharmacy and dentistry. In 2008, it was granted the status of full-fledged university. It is the first medical school in the region admitting both girls and boys and students from all nationalities. The university has students from 86 nationalities. More than 1700 students have graduated from the university. The MBBS in Gulf Medical University is a 5 years course. The first batch of MBBS students graduated in 2005. It is one of the most demanded private medical universities in the Middle East region. The university has a dynamic curriculum and provides excellent clinical training and experience utilizing the modern technology. It focuses on the problem based and team based learning methods of teaching. Virtual patient interactive learning is also the part of teaching curriculum. The university has been awarded with various awards and recognitions. Gulf Medical University provides early exposure to clinical settings and learning with hands on experience. It has a competency based curriculum. The university also has rich international collaborations. The annual tuition fee of the university for MBBS program starting in 2020 is 1,36,500 AED.

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