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United Arab Emirates/دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Region: Middle East

Area: 83,600 thous. sq. km

Capital: Abu Dhabi

Big cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajmān, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah

Climate: desert

Languages spoken: Arabic

Religion: Islam

Local time: GMT+04

Calling code: +971

Currency: Emirati dirham

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club

Visa: required by all except the following: Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar

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Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah

For the United Arab Emirates, tourism comprises one of the major sources of income to the budget. Since 2000, the UAE started offering various medical programmes in addition to luxury shopping, beach and spa recreation.

Medicine in the UAE is actively supported and broadly financed by state authorities from the costs gained on selling oil. Owing to this, all medical centres, both state and private, are facilitated with the latest equipment. For the purpose of medical tourism development, scores of private clinics were built offering quality medical services and luxury-class care to overseas patients. Many medical centres were JCI-accredited and hire only highly-qualified professionals, who have performed training and practice at the best medical centres of the world. The personnel have good mastery of not just English but also German, French, and even Russian.

Some of the most developed medical fields in the country include: cardiology and cardio surgery, oncology, surgery, endocrinology, dentistry, orthopaedics, and traumatology.    

High quality and luxury-class service in the United Arab Emirates is offered at an accordingly high price. Even local residents prefer to go abroad for treatment. For example, cardio surgery of heart stunting in the Emirates will cost $44 000 for an overseas patient, compared to the price in Singapore — $18 500, in Thailand — $11 000, and in India — $10 000. Nevertheless, the UAE is confidently earning reputation in the world market of international tourism owing to supreme quality of medical services and attendance, professionalism and responsibility of doctors, politeness and attentiveness of service personnel, and high level of security provided to all patients. Supreme quality of medical services and prestige enable to attract here wealthy patients from the countries of the Middle East, South East Asia, Western Europe, and the CIS countries.

Recommended time for treatment: October to May.


United Arab Emirates is the leading economic, cultural, and scientific centre of the Middle East and is gradually becoming the major centre of spa industry in the region. Many of the country’s spa centres are members of the International SPA Association (ISPA).

The country’s smallest Ajman Emirate is currently among the most popular resort areas. It is famed for its healthful air and gives you the feel as if you are in heaven on earth.

Fujairah Emirate, located close to the coast, is no less welcoming for overseas tourists coming to the UAE to improve their health or undergo rehabilitation after a surgery. In the opinion of numerous medical tourists, the country is an ideal destination for after-care courses and returning to a fully active lifestyle. Sharjah, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah are some of the prominent names of resort sector representatives in the UAE.

Recreation in spa hotels of the UAE produces the most miraculous effect on the mood and appearance of patients. Being a Muslim country, the UAE traditionally has spa centres either for men only or for women only. Possessing lucrative natural conditions — genial sunshine, sea air, healthful sand, and picturesque landscapes — here they also embrace innovations and top efficient technologies in the sphere of cosmetology, wellness, and spa.

Modern sports clubs, cosy restaurants with dietary and vegetarian menus, fresh juice and fruit bars create a peaceful atmosphere with exotic flavour, while professional staff working non-stop satisfy the demands of tourists with the most sophisticated tastes coming to the UAE for health improvement.

Ayurveda, stone therapy, Cleopatra baths, and various kinds of wraps (fruit, honey, chocolate, traditional Arabic) attract more and more tourists chasing unique experiences and sensations. Today the most refined healthcare procedures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the unparalleled fish therapy and rejuvenation therapy applying black caviar extract.

Tropical aqua therapy has gained tremendous popularity among most medical tourists, especially those from the Arab countries. During procedures rooms are filled with exotic plant and fruit fragrances. Favourite spa procedures of the residents of the Western and Eastern Europe include green tea wraps, peeling with sea minerals, rose and jasmine facial masks.

Traditional Hammam bath in the UAE is an integral part of the post-treatment recovery process. Healing foam massage produces a favourable effect on the skin and is generally concluded by a weed wrap, flower hair mask, and relaxing hydrotherapy.

3*- from €35;

4*- from €40;

5*- from €80.

The national cuisine of the United Arab Emirates is very diverse. It is based on dishes from meat and sea products.

Meat dishes

Shavermu/Shaurma/Shavarma (pieces of grilled meat with vegetables and sauces rolled into a lavash), Gouzee/Guzee (lamb meat with nuts and rice), Kustileta (mutton cutlets with herbs), Kebab/Kabab (shashlik/barbecue from marinated beef or mutton), Kebe/Chebe (grilled meat rolls), Meshui-mushakkal (assorted roast meat), Machbus (meat with spices and rice).

Poultry dishes

Stewed chicken under a tomato sauce, Al Mandi (chicken with honey), Tikka Dajaj/Dadzhadzh (chicken shashlik), Haris (casserole with chicken meat), Samman (quail meat), Biryani Ajaj (rice with pieces of chicken).

Meat and poultry dishes are often served with side dishes of rice, salad, and fresh vegetables: Kubba/Kubbe (cakes from coarse wheat flour with meat), Sambusa (small triangular cakes), Khoudary/Hudar (cakes with filling), Sabeneh (spinach cakes), Dzhabna (cheese cakes), Lyahma (meat cakes). There are traditional thick rich meat soups with peas, beans, rice, capers, and potatoes.

Dishes from fish and sea products

Makbus-Samak (pilaf with fish), rockfish “Hamuro” (Sebastes marinus), “Sultan Ibrahim” (sultan fish or red mullets, Mullus barbatus) — small fish with elongated body flat on the sides, which is fried or stuffed and roasted), dishes from various shellfish and even sharks. Fish is traditionally cooked only on coals.

Dishes from greens and vegetables

Hummus/Khomus (an appetizer from nut mash, usually with added garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, paprika, or nuts), Muttabbal (aubergine paste), Tabbulya (salad from parsley, mint, bulgur/bulghur, tomato, olive oil, and lemon juice), courgettes (stuffed marrow), marinated and salted vegetables.


Umm Ali (milk pudding with raisins and nuts), Mehallyabiya (pudding with fistaches), Al Asaya or Eish Al Saraya (sweet cheese pie), Baklava (sweet pastry made of phyllo/filo dough with nuts in syrup), Ligemat (doughnuts with honey), Sherbet/Serbet (fragrant colourful fruit fudge with shredded nuts).

Local residents have developed special relationship with coffee, which is prepared without using coffee machines. It is pored from the traditional coffee pot “Dalla” into small bowls. The favourites are light Arabian coffee and coffee with cardamom.

Dubai Creek offering numerous beaches, restaurants, and entertainment; Jumeirah Archaeological Site (once a caravan station along a trade route linking Iraq to northern Oman, 6th century AD), Jumeirah Mosque (monument of contemporary Islamic architecture).

Wild Wadi Water Park, safari, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (the largest indoor Ferrari theme park with the fastest roller coaster in the world where one can speed up to 240 km/h), Jumeirah Beach Park (amusement park for all ages).

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