How to Apply for DHA | 6 Steps to become a Nurse in Dubai

How to Apply for DHA

This is a complete guide about How to Apply for DHA, the nursing license application process, and the DHA exam for nurses requirements.

Dubai is the most populous city (about 2.1million and projected to rise to a 3.5million in 2020) in the Emirati kingdom and the second-largest city after Abu Dhabi in terms of landmass. Although the official language is Arabic, the English language is widely spoken as about 83% of the citizens are foreigners with Indians alone constituting 53%. (United Arab Emirates is a country with 7states/emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest and capital of UAE and to work in this emirate, you must be licensed by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD). To work in the emirate of Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah, and Ras Al Khaimah, you need to be licensed by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Rising demand for qualitative healthcare, increasing population, increasing prevalence of lifestyle disease and the introduction of compulsory health insurance by companies is creating a demand for more nurses.
To work in Dubai as a nurse, you must register with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) which is the regulatory agency for all health professionals in the health industry.


To start your registration process you need to;

  • Have completed an accredited nursing or midwifery program with a MINIMUM of 3 years duration in training.
  • Hold a minimum of Basic Life Support Certificate
  • Have a MINIMUM of 2years post-registration experience.

STEP 1 Gather the following documents

Gather the following documents ready See List of Documents required for Nursing in Dubai

STEP 2 create an account on the DHA

Scan all the documents, create an account on the DHA E-service platform, and fill the application form while uploading the required documents. Click here to create an account at DHA Online

Employers in Dubai offer the following incentives in order to attract qualified nurses:

  • Free accommodation/ housing allowance.
  • Travel allowance (free flight to your country )
  • Relocation allowance.
  • Dental, health, and life insurance.
  • 40 days paid leave for nurses employed on a full-time basis
  • Tax-free income
  • Education allowance for accompanying children.

Note however that most jobs in this city will demand you work for 48 hours per week as against 40hours in most parts of the world.

DHA accepts registration application from the following cadre of nurses:

  • Registered nurses
  • Registered midwives

Other specialties recognized are:

  • Community nursing
  • Pediatrics nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Neonatal nursing
  • Home care nursing
  • School nursing and Nurse practitioners

STEP 3 application fees

On the last page, download the authorization letter, sign it and upload it back with your particulars and date. On getting to the payment section, you need to pay 210 AED ( about 3800 Indian Rupee) online as the application fees. Then wait for 6 weeks for the evaluation of your credentials. Next you will receive an email to validate your application.

STEP 4 Primary Source Verification

After validation, you will be required to pay for the Primary Source Verification which entails DHA verifying your educational qualifications, experience certificate, and professional license. You will be sent an email with a link to pay 724AED (about 13,000 Indian Rupees) for the primary source verification. Your educational qualifications, working experience, and professional qualifications are verified by the issuing authorities.

STEP 5 Dubai Prometric exam

After you are deemed eligible, you will be required to write the Dubai Prometric exam which costs 260AED (about 4600 Indian Rupees). Visit Prometric to learn more about the exam.

The Dubai Prometric exam is a 2 hours multiple-choice questions with ONE BEST ANSWER. It consists of 70 questions and you are expected to score AT LEAST 60% (42 questions ). Results are usually released within 5 working days.


After passing the Prometric exam, you will be issued an ELIGIBILITY LETTER. Your eligibility letter is only valid for one year from the date of passing your exam.

Note that you have just three attempts to pass this exam else you will have to show evidence of further studies before you will be allowed to retake it for the fourth time.

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  2. My name is umamaheswari. My qualifications is GNM. I want to apply for DHA. Licence.

    • Please go through our all blogs for Dubai and you will have a clear vision on how to apply and where to apply.

  3. i m complete nursung nd i have experiance 2 year. i want do job in dubai for staff nurse in hospital dubai…

  4. Am Kenyan I don’t know how to convert the Indian rupee into Kenyan shillings

    • You need to buy American dollar then convert in to Indian rupees
      i hope this helps

  5. A friend told me to apply for nursing Job in Dubai ,so I wants to know the requirements as a Nigerian with registered nurse/midwife with more than 15 years experience presently working with Lagos state health services commission Lagos Nigeria as a matron

  6. Hi

    Im working as a public health nurse in Norway. At a school but when I read what you need as a school nurse I can see I’m more like a school Counselor with nurse qualifications as well.

    How can I apply for school Counselor jobs or something similar?

  7. Hi
    Is it a requirement by DHA to have 1-2 years current nursing experience in a hospital setting to be eligible for DHA licence?
    Can you still get licence after gap years in nursing
    Thank you

  8. Good day
    I am a Registered Nurse with a BCur degree majored in Adminstration and Education.

    My speciality is The Operating Room. I am a South African. Does the DHA licience still applies?
    I currently have Saudi Council and my country licience.
    Thank you
    Patricia Marrian

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