MOH/DHA(DOH)/GAHS Exams in UAE Dubai and Abu Dhabi
All the health professionals who seek to work in UAE must appear for MOH examination and get qualified for work in UAE. Evaluation of the below categories is done in MOH Examination and separate exams conducted for the following professions.
- Physicians and Dentists
- Pharmacists and Assistants
- Nurses and Midwives
- Physicians, Practitioners and Technicians of the Complementary and Alternative
3 different Health Ministries functioning in UAE
- MOH which is Ministry of Health passing the MOH you are allowed to work in 5 emirates but not in Dubai or Abudhabi.
- DHA – Dubai Health Authority (previously known as DOHMS – Department of Health and Medical Services) DHA registration is required for working in Dubai.
- GAH, which is General Authority of Health Exam or usually know as MOH/Abu Dhabi.
There is no particular syllabus advised for the exam, each professionals have to prepare depends on their speciality, the exam consists of written exam, Practical and Viva. You will get a multiple choice in the written exam. Successful passing of written exam leads to practical and viva and a specialist candidate must pass the viva to qualify for the practical exam.
How many times MOH Exam is conducted?
Exam is conducted twice a year
Re-sitting the MOH test
A candidate can only re-sit the exam twice. If a candidate does not pass in three attempts, he will be disqualified for any post in the Ministry or private. clinics and exempted even the MOH nonqualified candidates are working in clinics where usually the salary is law)
MOH and Finding Jobs in UAE
It is the responsibility of the candidates to find a job after he/she is qualified through MOH but the candidates are informed on the opportunities for work. Usually it is not that difficult to secure job after he/she pass the MOH examination
The doctors can try for a job in private hospitals and apply for a medical licence while you are at work. Getting a job in private sector in the UAE is much easier, but working hours are more and pay is less.When you pass with the licence you are allowed to work in Ministry hospitals in the Emirates except Dubai and Abudhabi, these two emirates have a different licensing. The applicants can submit the application in MOH office in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. (you can find the address with phone numbers at the end of this post)
MOH exam is held in Dubai, application can either be submitted in MOH office in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi. Successful pass of MOH examinations entitled the doctors to take the job in ministry of health hospitals and reputed private hospitals. Your performance in the exam is important you will be evaluated after the exam whether you are qualified to work only in Private hospitals or both private and ministry hospital.
You need to pass the licensing exam of DOH or GAHS to work in work in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi national hospitals respectively. After you pass the DOH or GAHS try applying with the ministry hospitals and private hospitals. They will pass the information regarding the job openings after you qualify the MOH, DOH or the GAHS, but don’t wait for this you can start trying by approaching different hospitals, it’s your responsibility to find a job and successful passing of the exams will support you to get you the job.
The DHA/DOH exam is only panel interview and there is no written exam, but MOH has two parts panel interview and written exam.
A DHA/DOH allows you to work in Dubai while the MOH will qualify you to work in any other emirate besides Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
UAE government allows you to practice by yourself, for this you need to be an MDS qualified dentist with 2 years of experience. If you are BDS graduate, you can only work as an assistant to an MDS doctor. The dentists who wish to practice in Dubai must appear for DOH viva exam and for practicing in other Emirates he need to pass the MOH written and Viva. You need to carry your original attested certificates for the interview and you will get the results in 3 days time.
If you wish to work in UAE try for a sponsor who is ready to sponsor you and offer a job in any clinics and the clinic will do the necessary arrangements for your DOH/MOH exam.
You need to check with the concern authority on the experience required to practice in Dubai and other emirates of UAE because the requirements by the ministry keep changing. Usually the ministry ask for MDS with some experience to practice as a Dental General practise and MDS with 3 years for practicing as a Dental Specialist. For BDS candidates to practice as a Dental GP they need to have 5 years of experience.
You need to attest your MDS/BDS certificates before you turn for the interview.
You can try for a job before you register for MOH/DOH exam. You can contact the clinics, Hospitals directly or use your network effectively.
For Ministry of health employment the nurses must complete the MOH registration and appear for the exam at ministry.
The following requirements has to be met before you come to Dubai for jobs in Ministry hospitals and other reputed private hospitals in Dubai or other emirates
- Nursing Registration license
- Attested certificates of your nursing degree or Diploma
- 2 yrs Experience
There are specific countries from where applicants are exempted from the ministry’s examination, which is part of registration. Details about those courtiers can be obtained from the federal nursing department at the MOH.
Two important lines are quoted here
- Those applying for a nursing job online from overseas through the ministry’s website can complete their registration requirements after joining the services here.
- Those who are residing here have to complete their registration requirements before applying for a job.
Needed documents for Nurses
The following documents must submit to the Ministry of Health and their files are assess for employment.
- A CV, must be in English
- Copies of the certificates or degrees
- A copy of the school leaving certificate or comparable certificates.
- Copy of the current nursing licence which should be authorised from the home country of applicant.
- Copy of the work experience which is signed by a senior official. The work experience documents include the starting date of employment, date of leaving employment and mention the post held.
- A passport copy, including entry permits to the UAE. Those who have a valid residence visa must submit a copy.
- Three passport size photos.
- Fill in an application form.
All documents must be translated into Arabic.
If the nurse passes the interview and the examination. he or she will be given the post of nurse in accordance with the qualifications.
The job will be at any of the ministry’s hospitals, clinics or in any medical district in any of the seven emirates
The ministry evaluates the pharmacists before allowing them to take up the job in UAE. Evaluation is based on Academic qualifications, Experience, Successful pass of written exams and technical interviews.
A starting pharmacist need to qualify with a bachelor degree in Pharmacy and experience with not less than 1 year. If you have minimum 3 years experience, you can get the practitioner pharmacist grade. Bachelor in pharmacy with a diploma or equivalent (not less than 12 months study) from faculties of pharmacy with not less than 3 years experience after obtaining diploma will get you the grade of Specialist(b) Pharmacist. 3 years of experience after masters’ degree will leads to a grade of Specialist(A) Pharmacist. Consultant(b) Pharmacist requires 5 years of experience after PHD in pharmacy and for Consultant(A) Pharmacist the required experience is not less than 10 years after obtaining PHD. The ministry is also mentioned ‘studies, researches published in the speciality field and/or taking part in scientific conference internationally recognized as other requirements for Specialist (A) Pharmacist, Consultant (b) Pharmacist and Consultant(A) Pharmacist
Required not less 2 years of experience in any pharmaceutical establishments with recognized pharmacist certificate. Need to pass pharmacy test and pharmacy law held by the ministry.
There is a separate section under UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) for Complementary and Alternative Medicines (TCAM). The exams are conducted 3 times a year.
Physiotherapist need to get the licence from the Health ministry to work in government hospitals and other reputed hospitals in UAE but many physiotherapist works in small clinics and later apply for the ministry licence. For this, you need to find a sponsor who can support you with a job and later apply for the MOH or DOH exam. If you are a diploma holder in physiotherapy the duration of that, not less than 2 years.
Required minimum 1 year of experience after B.Sc. or Diploma, If the experience is from the private sector, it should be at least 2 years
Contact details of MOH/GAHS/DOH
Address: P.O.Box 848 , Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Tel: +971 (2) 6330000
Location: Hamdan Street, above National Bank of Bahrain
Address: P. O. Box 1853, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 (4) 3966000
Fax: +971 (4) 3965666
Location: Al Karama, Opposite Burjuman Center, Bur Dubai.
GAHS General Authority for Health Services Abu Dhabi
P.O. Box 5674, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
DHA Dubai Health Authority
(Previously known as DOHMS – Department of Health and Medical Services)