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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

Maternity care

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.


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  1. Kay on January 27, 2009 8:29 am

    Having a baby is a time of joy but there is no joy having a baby in the UAE.
    You spend too much time traveling and less time with your child. No one wants to leave their child while working these hours as someone else basically looks after and teaches your child their ways.

    Only woman who are not working will benefit from having a child in the UAE, this is not a place to bring up children

  2. Angel on January 28, 2009 6:43 am

    What has this got to do with having a baby in the uae “Most cases of unwed expecting mothers reported in UAE are of women from the sub continent”. Must this appear here?

  3. Tessa on January 28, 2009 1:03 pm

    I would like to advise people who see the costs of provate hospitals as prohbitive if yuo do not have insurance to try Al Wasl. The facility, staff, service & experience were excellent and the cost a fraction of the private hospitals.

  4. Alex on January 29, 2009 7:16 am

    Your article fails to mention one crucial piece of information – only Al Wasl Hospital and Dubai Hospital will accept babies born before 34 weeks and to be accepted you must preregister before you are 4 months pregnant. If not, they will not accept you and will let your baby die on the street and there are countless accounts of this actually occuring.

  5. Dubai Travel on February 24, 2009 11:56 pm

    Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking your feeds also, Thanks.


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