License for a Dental Clinic in Dubai

Planning to start a dental clinic in Dubai? Then it is an intelligent investment plan for a healthcare professional in the Emirate.

Dubai is currently the hot place for establishing all types of businesses and professions in the United Arab Emirates. It is consistently a drive to improve the quality of life for its citizens and ex-pat residents.

One such thriving business is that of a healthcare professional. The Government of Dubai is ever ready to assist investors and professionals in general medical and dental care.  It is sometimes impossible for a country to provide all types of healthcare facilities through government-controlled hospitals. Therefore, healthcare professionals can open a private dental clinic in Dubai or a general clinic. 

How to Open a Dubai Dental Hospital?

Dental clinics in Dubai can be started by professionals with authentic medical degrees or through the directory of clinics with the required qualifications. This facility is available on the mainland as well as in some parts of free zones like the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). The registration process includes a few steps:

  1. Selection of a Trade Name for the Clinic

    The name will be sent to the Department of Economic Development (DED) for approval

  2. Apply for an Initial Approval

    The investor shall then file an application to the DED for initial approval. It includes attaching several documents along with the application like a layout plan for the clinic, etc.

  3. Register Yourself on the DHA Portal

    Apply for a Dubai Health Authority (DHA) license by creating a profile on the DHA official portal. The authority will provide you with the license after scrutinizing all the documents. The list of documents is as under:

    • Personal Information
    • Nationally accredited educational qualifications recognized by DHA Professionals Qualification Requirements (PQR)
    • Educational transcripts (official)
    • Mark list of the whole year
    • Recent professional experience based on DHA PQR criteria
    • Valid professional license (for an ex-pat who is already practicing)
    • Registration from the country of last employment
    • Valid Good Standing Certificate not older than 6 months.
    • Medical fitness test (if applicant's age was 65 and above), and the test should be conducted only by medical fitness centers at DHA.
    • Valid Passport Copy
    • Passport-size photograph.
  4. Prepare for Other Important Documents

    Next, the investor will prepare important documents like a lease agreement, memorandum, etc., for clinic registration.

  5. Obtain the Final Approvals from DHA and DED 

    You shall submit all the prepared documents along with a copy of the initial approval and fee payment for the company's registration. The Department of Economic Development will issue the license after verification of these documents.

  6. Pass the Assessment

    The next step is to pass the DHA assessment to obtain a professional license. This assessment shall depend on the healthcare professional’s title and may include but not be limited to oral tests.

  7. Get an Offer Letter

    After the licensing exam you will be given an eligibility letter if the exam is successful, an offer letter from the recruiting facility including the professional title, facility stamp, and signature of the Medical Director or authorized person, and malpractice insurance from the recruiting facility.

After the final step, the investor is free to open his/her clinic in the desired location.


Licensing to Open a Dental Clinic in Dubai

You ought to have a Professional License in Dubai from the DED and it must also be approved by Dubai Healthcare Authority (DHA) which is the main authority providing specific licenses for resident doctors, consultants, interns, specialists, and general practitioners.

You will also require a local service agent for the registration of the license and also, let us know the licensing requirements provided by the DHA for individuals who want to start their dental clinic.

Requirements for Dentists for Their New Medical Centre, Dubai

The dentists who want to apply for the license must have one of the following degrees:

  • BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
  • DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine)
  • DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
  • Equivalent to a nationally accredited dental school/college.

Apart from this, the other dental practice guidelines are as follows:

  • For graduates from the UAE dental college/universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)
  • The dentist is required to complete one-year internship post-graduation
  • The applicant must have a valid license and registration to practice in their home country or the country of last employment
  • Applicants who are accepted into the Authorities Approved Residency Programs will be granted the licensure title ‘Resident’.

Dental Specialty certificates will be accepted with the following conditions:

  • Must be obtained after a full-time structured clinical residency program of a minimum of three years of course duration
  • Clinical Master’s degree of a minimum of two years of full-time course duration
  • Clinical Ph.D. of minimum three years course duration
  • Specialization certificates with a stated validity period will not be considered if invalid at the time of application
  • Specialists with Tier 1 or 2 qualifications are not required to have experience post qualification in the specialty field.

Get a DHA Title and Become the Best Dental Clinic in Dubai

Only the following Dentistry Specialties are recognized by Dubai Healthcare Authority.

  • Endodontics
  • Dental Radiology
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Oral Medicine
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Primary Care Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Prosthodontics
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Forensic Dentistry

If you are interested in opening a dental clinic, then you will have to perform the above step or you can hire a consultant to do so. We at Commitbiz have years of experience in this field and shall help you is the registration of the license.

Contact us today for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which authorities are responsible for issuing a professional license to open a dental clinic in Dubai?

The Department of Economic Development and Dubai Health Authority.

Which free zone is ideal for starting a Dubai dental hospital?

Dubai Healthcare City Free Zone.

Is the DHA assessment necessary to obtain a dental clinic license in Dubai?

Yes, you need to pass the assessment.

What would the offer letter include that you would get after passing the assessment?

The offer letter from the recruiting facility includes the professional title, facility stamp, signature of the Medical Director or authorized person, and malpractice insurance from the recruiting facility.

Which degrees a dentist should have to apply for the professional license in Dubai?

The dentists who want to apply for the license must have one of the following degrees:

  1. BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)
  2. DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine)
  3. DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
  4. Equivalent to a nationally accredited dental school/college.