United Arab Emirates

Travel clinic United Arab Emirates
Travel health and vaccine advice for United Arab Emirates

For the vast majority of people, the United Arab Emirates are limited to Dubai and its ultra modern iconic skyscrapers, huge extravagant malls, palm-shaped artificial islands and omnipresent outrageous luxury. Some may think about the more laid-back Abu Dhabi… But very few people know about the five other Emirates lying in the shadow of the glittering megalopolis and the oil-rich capital. Yet they are worth being explored. The traveler won’t find any futurist building there, but more modest (yet still modern) cities, instructive museums, a genuine Arabian atmosphere and people still traveling the desert on the back of their camels.


We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.


Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B Recommended for all travelers.
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose.
Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32).
*Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Dengue Fever Presence. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.


Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax


In the United Arab Emirates, good health care and well equipped medical facilities are available in major cities, but may be difficult or impossible to find in remote areas. The American Hospital and the Welcare Hospital, located in Dubai, are good addresses. Be aware that medical care can be very expensive in the country. An air evacuation is required in the event of serious sickness or injury.
In case of emergency in the United Arab Emirates, call 999. If you wish a private ambulance, you can contact the Welcare Hospital at 971-4-2137-289.
Pharmacies in the United Arab Emirates are usually well supplied. But it is always safer to bring your own medicines, especially if you need specific treatments.


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Emergency services

In case of an emergency, you can call the following numbers while anywhere in the UAE: 999 for Police, 998 for Ambulance, 997 for Fire Department (Civil Defence).