Having a baby in the UAE
Kipp’s reveals the long legal and medical road to motherhood in the UAE.
January 26, 2009 3:55 by Dana El Baltaji
The UAE has several public hospitals with large maternity units, including Dubai Hospital and Al Wasl Hospital. Residents with valid insurance cards can use any one at virtually no extra cost.
Expectant mothers can have their check-ups and deliveries at a private hospital if they wish to do so, but this can be very costly and may require a hospital registration card. Some women pay for their check-ups on a visit-by-visit basis. However, if you decide to go to a public hospital, you should book an appointment and take the following documents: your health card, marriage certificate and your husband’s passports. You’ll also need your credit card.
The cost of delivery varies on whether it is a normal delivery or a caesarian. A caesarian section is about twice as expensive. Also, private rooms and extra nights in a hospital will cost more. Giving birth to twins will also run up the tab.