How to Set Up a Clinic in the UAE

January 30, 2023

The U.A.E. healthcare sector has expanded to meet both the evolving needs of the MENA population and the nation’s ambition to become a regional medical tourism hub.

Having a clinic in this market is a highly lucrative business, both as a local or as a foreign investor. The projected value of the UAE’s healthcare spending indicates an increase to $26 billion by the year 2028, as per the Ministry of Economy.

Focus specialties doing significantly well are Plastic Surgery, Preventative Health, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Ophthalmology, Aesthetic Surgery, Dental Procedures and Dermatology. Read more about innovative trends in the healthcare sector in the UAE.

Navigating the intricate regulations and procedures involved in opening a clinic in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be a daunting task. However, with thorough planning and a comprehensive understanding of the rules and regulations, and partnering with a trusted corporate services provider, it is possible to establish a successful and thriving clinic in this dynamic and rapidly growing industry.

How to Get Your Clinic Trade Licence

  • Trademark Registration
    Select a name for your medical venture, ensuring compliance with all relevant naming laws and regulations in the UAE. Submit an online application to the Department of Economic Development (DED) for trade name reservation and await approval.
  • Obtaining Initial Clearance
    To secure initial approval from DED, submit all necessary documents, including a comprehensive business plan submitted to Dubai Municipality for proposed specialty clinic approval.
  • Department of Health and Human (DHA) Services Approval
    After obtaining clearance from DED, apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHA) for a clinic licence along with a feasibility study or business plan.
  • Supporting Documentation Submission
    Provide required documentation to relevant authorities for specialty clinic registration, ensuring accuracy to avoid delays.
  • Final Clearance from DED
    To complete the process, submit the NOC, building contract, list of medical directors and healthcare experts, and DED’s first permission document, along with paying a registration fee for trade licence grant.
  • DHA Medical Licence Application
    Create a user ID on the DHA portal to acquire a clinical licence. Upload information for medical consultants, affection plan, leasing agreement, and other required documents. Upon review and confirmation, permission to open your specialty clinic in Dubai will be granted.

Set Up Your UAE Clinic Now

As a leading corporate services provider, we are well-versed in the process of establishing a clinic in Dubai. Our team of experts can guide you through the entire process, from securing preliminary clearance to obtaining the final trade licence. Our comprehensive support will help ensure a smooth and efficient setup of your clinic, giving you the freedom to focus on delivering exceptional healthcare services to your patients. We can support you with UAE company formation, UAE PRO services, Dubai visas and UAE payroll. To learn more, contact: or call/whatsapp +971 56 218 4695.

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