Public health sector

Since 2008, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is the governmental body responsible for the oversight of the healthcare sector in Dubai.

The primary objectives of DHA are:

  • To draft and apply legislation concerning health care in Dubai, for both public and private sectors.
  • Encourage and facilitate cooperation amongst healthcare providers.
  •  Regulate and license healthcare providing establishments and professionals.

DHA also provides quality healthcare to the public through four hospitals and a number of specialty and primary health centres. These healthcare facilities are under DHA’s direct control. The four hospitals operated by DHA are: Dubai, Rashid, Latifa and Hatta hospitals.

Dubai Hospital

Dubai Hospital is a general medical facility located in Al Baraha locality. It started admitting patients in early 1983 and as of now it has an over 600-bed capacity. The hospital has 14 floors, the lower two dedicated to Outpatients, Emergency and Accident services and the other ten occupied by the wards. Dubai Hospital employs the latest technologies in the field and provides to its patients quality and cost effective medical care.

Rashid Hospital

Rashid Hospital was built in 1973 and is the city’s oldest hospital, after the closing of Maktoum Hospital. The hospital is located in the Oud Metha locality of Bur Dubai and has a 600-bed capacity. Rashid Hospital is famous for its Trauma Centre. Completed in 2006, the Trauma Centre can deal with seven ambulances at any given time. It is one of the busiest major trauma facilities in the world, with an average of 5 poly-trauma admittances per day. In addition to the Trauma Centre, Rashid Hospital is offering a wide range of in- and out-patient services.

Latifa Hospital

Latifa Hospital, located in Oud Metha Road in Al Jadaf area, is one of the largest maternity and children hospital in the region. The hospital, built in 1987, was formerly known as Al Wasl hospital and it was renamed in 2012 to honour the memory of Sheikh Mohammed’s late mother Sheikha Latifa. Latifa Hospital is best known for its state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. It has approximately 350 beds and provides service in Obstetrics, Paediatric Medical & Surgery, Gynecology and Neonatology.

Hatta Hospital

Hatta Hospital is located in Hatta, has 125 beds and provides medical care to over 40,000 residents of the city and the surrounding areas, including some parts of Oman.

There are other two hospitals that are characterized as public hospitals but are not included in the DHA list.

Al Amal Hospital, operating since 1983, is located in Al Wasl Road in Jumeirah 1 and provides psychiatric care to patients with mental or drug addiction problems.

Al Baraha Hospital, known also as Kuwaiti hospital, is located in Al Baraha area, next to Dubai Hospital and provides blood tests for residence visa purposes in addition to regular medical care.