Traveling Nurses in Dubai


Recently one of our Wandering Nurses inquired about travel nursing in Dubai.  I figure if one nurse is interested maybe others were as well.  A little research led me to an agency that hires for Dubai and the Middle East.  I would encourage you to do your due diligence, however.

Dubai Metropolis

Dubai has been in the news over the last few years as a booming metropolis.  While the growth of the city has slowed the demand for professional nursing staff has not.  The rapid growth of Dubai may be over, but the expansion of the city has created a place for healthcare professionals to work.  These professionals can make a difference for this exciting new city and its population.

Advantages of Work in the Middle East

If you are looking for a warm climate and beautiful scenery Dubai has it all. While it is great to work in a scenic city that is not the only benefit of work in the middle east.  The most commonly known fact is the tax-free earned income.  Wow, every UAD you earn is all yours to keep.  Also, the 40 days paid leave time for full-time nurses is a great benefit.  Imagine the places you could visit on your time off.

Other benefits may include free accommodation or housing allowance.  Many employers offer a travel allowance as well as dental, health and life insurance.  Travel allowance usually includes flights back to the country of origin.  If you decide to travel with your children you may get an educational allowance for them to go to school.

Salary for Dubai

Of course most important is what would your salary be in Dubai.  According to Nursing in Dubai, the estimated salary is $800 – $2500 UAD dependent on qualification and position.  Salary also depends on whether the hospital is funded privately or by the government.

The huge advantage, however, is that your income will be tax-free. As mentioned above the housing is furnished or there is an allowance.   Also, take into account the wide range of benefits.   You will find this true of any nursing position worldwide.  You could also expect a higher salary if working for a private family or a company.

Requirements for work in Dubai

If Dubi on your travel list there are some requirements that have to be met. You will need to have the appropriate nursing qualifications to practice nursing in your home country.  There can be no interruption in your nursing practice for more than 2 years. The Dubai Health Authority requires you to pass an assessment set forth to work in the country. For more information on the requirements click here.

As with any travel abroad for work you will need the appropriate working permits and Visas.

Disadvantages of Nursing in Dubai

In Dubai, you will usually be expected to work a longer work week of 48 hours than the 40 hour work week you may work in the USA. You should know that the Dubai health authorities tend to be strict about the amount of overtime nurses can work so you are unlikely to be loaded with extra hours.

The official language of Dubai is Arabic. English is the second language of Dubai which should come as a relief if you go there to work as a nurse. There are currently over thousands of expatriates living in Dubai so you will not feel alone as a Westerner!

Dubai is considered an “international city” so the Islamic laws in the city tend to be laxer than in other Islamic parts of the Middle East. Men nor women are required to wear traditional coverings. You are however expected to maintain a level of decency. Due to the booming tourist industry, there are hundreds of bars and hotels across the city providing a lively nightlife.  Alcohol is served in the bars which is normally prohibited.


If you are interested in more information about job openings in Dubai and the Middle East click on the link.   Happy travels!


Cheryl Roby, RN

Cheryl J. Roby is a retired RN and US Army Nurse Major. She has over 30 years of nursing experience and 26 years of military experience in the Army Nurse Corp. During her nursing career she has traveled as part of her military experience visiting many of the 50 states and once to South Korea. Her medical training began during the Vietnam era when trained as an army medic. She went on to train as an OR tech and then as a LVN/LPN. She completed nursing school and was direct commissioned into the reserve Army Nurse Corp. nurse. She appreciated the challenge of working in various specialties and expanding her clinical and professional skill sets. Her time in the Army Reserves and California National Guard gave her the opportunity to travel to most of the 50 states and working in other medical facilities. During her career she spent years as an OR nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Nurse Case Manager for developmental disabilities, Parish Nursing as well as being a Nurse Entrepreneur.

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