Mohammad issues law empowering DHA to regulate medical services

Says the law will help cement Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism

Dubai: In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, on Saturday issued Law No. (8) of 2018 to enable Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to achieve its objectives including regulating medical services in Dubai.


The new law will also enhance competitiveness and transparency, improve medical services and products based on international best practices and achieve the sector’s objectives according to approved strategic plans.

Shaikh Mohammad affirmed that the UAE places a high priority on health services and community welfare, and developing the sector is one of the most important objectives of the country’s sustainable development plans. He said the government is keen to provide quality medical services.

Shaikh Mohammad said: “The new law will facilitate a new growth phase in the health care sector and help cement Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism. We want to offer the best health care facilities and services and attract top health care establishments, the best medical personnel and the most advanced technologies.”

Shaikh Mohammad called on Dubai’s medical community to pursue innovation and develop creative solutions for meeting future requirements and achieving strategic objectives.

DHA’s responsibilities

According to the Law, DHA will ensure the availability of quality medical insurance programmes, improve medical services according to the highest international standards, contribute to providing attractive infrastructure for investments, boost Dubai’s position as a global hub for medical tourism and medical education, encourage innovation in the health care sector and improve preventive health care measures.

The Law specified DHA’s responsibilities to include preparing a comprehensive strategic plan for Dubai’s health care sector, conducting studies and surveys to define Dubai’s future needs and matching the results with future investments, licensing and monitoring medical workers and medical facilities according to DHA’s approved regulations, regulating medical education and medical research in collaboration with competent local and international authorities, and drafting and developing policies and procedures for the health care sector in Dubai.

The law authorises DHA to regulate and approve the prices of medical services offered by private health care facilities in Dubai and ensure the quality of medical services. The authority is also responsible for regulating and facilitating the sending of patients for specialised medical treatment to health care facilities within and outside the country, regulating and overseeing medical tourism in collaboration with the authorities concerned, managing and developing policies that govern medical insurance and regulating medical advertising in Dubai.

The new law does not contravene the provisions of Law No. (9) of 2011 on Dubai Healthcare City.

Law No. (8) of 2018 replaces Law No. (13) of 2007 pertaining to the establishment of Dubai Health Authority and annuls any other legislation that contradicts or challenges its articles. Nevertheless, all bylaws issued pursuant to Law No. (13) of 2007 remain valid until replaced by new bylaws. The new law is valid from the date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

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