As new medical facilities and hospitals open up in the UAE, nurses are high in demand in the country. According to a recent report, the UAE’s health sector is most likely to grow by 7% in the next four years.
The demand for nurses in the UAE has been fuelled by an expanding medical industry, with the opening of several new hospitals and the introduction of mandatory medical insurance anticipating more patients, with more medical needs.
The healthcare industry is steadily expanding as brands such as Cleveland Clinic, King’s College London and Imperial College London, are establishing themselves in the UAE.
The demand for nurses has been consistently going up over the past few years and regulatory authorities have developed efficient strategies to generate manpower in order to keep up with the growing needs of the sector.
According to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), in the coming years, there will be a need for almost 7,323 doctors and 8,510 nurses in line with the expansion plans of Dubai alone.
As a means of attracting more people to the nursing profession, the DHA has announced that it is committed to increasing the salary scale of nurses in the city, in order to to make it competitive with that of other GCC as well as Western countries.
While higher salaries will continue to attract foreign nurses, the policy also aims to encourage local students to embrace the profession.
Also, sizeable investments have been made in medical education. Reports highlight that five nursing schools and three new medical colleges will be established in Dubai by 2025, while the University of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for Medicine and Health Sciences received the first batch of medical students in September 2015. This has been done in order to encourage UAE physicians to take up post-graduate degrees in disciplines that are in short supply so that these gaps can be filled.