HAAD License for Healthcare Professionals in UAE

The Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) requires healthcare professionals to be licensed for practicing in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This guide covers the HAAD licensing process, eligibility, documents required, exam registration, preparation and license approval.

To be eligible for HAAD licensing:

  • Candidates must have a healthcare degree/diploma with minimum 2 years experience.
  • Registration with home country medical council is mandatory.
  • Additional eligibility criteria may apply for some professions.
  • Attested certificates
  • Passport copy
  • Emirates ID
  • Photo
  • Experience letters
  • English proficiency proof
  • Exam eligibility letter
  • Get your qualification assessed and receive eligibility ID.
  • Complete Dataflow verification of your credentials.
  • Pay exam fees to book your test slot at Prometric center.
  • HAAD conducts different licensing exams for each profession.
  • The computer-based test has 120 multiple-choice questions.
  • Taking coaching classes and mock tests is highly recommended.
  • After passing the HAAD exam, apply for license through online portal.
  • The initial license is valid for 2 years after which renewal is required.
  • Once approved, you can legally work in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Follow the step-by-step HAAD licensing process to get certified for healthcare careers in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

HAAD issues licenses for various healthcare professions such as:

  • Doctors – General Practitioners, Specialists, Surgeons etc.
  • Dentists – General Dentists, Orthodontists, Pediatric Dentists etc.
  • Nurses – Registered Nurses, Critical Care Nurses, Midwives etc.
  • Pharmacists
  • Allied Health Professionals – Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Technicians etc.
  • Dataflow is the process of verifying your credentials directly from the issuing authority.
  • Your educational certificates, license, registration, experience letters are verified.
  • This is done by HAAD authorized agencies for authenticity.
  • Helps screen out candidates with non-genuine documents.
  • The HAAD license needs to be renewed every 2 years.
  • Submit renewal application form along with required documents.
  • Pay the license renewal fees.
  • Renewal gets approved if all eligibility criteria continues to be met.
  • Timely renewal is required to continue practicing in Abu Dhabi.

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    The initial HAAD license is valid for 2 years. It needs to be renewed every 2 years to continue practicing in Abu Dhabi.
    You can take coaching classes, practice mock tests and previous exam questions to prepare effectively for the HAAD licensing exam.
    You need to score a minimum of 60% to pass the HAAD licensing examination.
    The HAAD exam consists of 120 multiple choice questions to be completed in 2 hours. It is a computer-based test.
    The HAAD license application fees is typically around AED 1000. Additional charges apply for credential verification, exam fees etc.
    The entire HAAD licensing process takes 6-8 months on average including credential verification, exam registration, taking the exam and approval.
    The HAAD license allows you to practice only in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. For working in other Emirates, you need to get licensed by the relevant health authority.

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