medical BLOG | DATE- 2022-07-18

How to become a licensed healthcare professional in the UAE

What’s DHA?

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) Exam is a Licensing exam that all medical professionals must pass if they wish to serve in the healthcare sector of Dubai and UAE.

With the boost in the qualitative lifestyle, the inauguration of the world-class healthcare sector in Dubai requires experienced healthcare practitioners. Working in Dubai brings forth many benefits including free accommodation facilities, travel allowance, and health and life insurances. Before one can relish the joys of working as an expatriate in Dubai, many obstacles need to be overcome. The greatest of all is the DHA exam.

A healthcare professional license is mandatory to work in healthcare sector in UAE, the eligibility to practice as a licensed healthcare professional is different based on their profession and license title applying to all categories ranging from Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Midwives, to Allied Healthcare. All the healthcare regulatory bodies across UAE (DoH, DHA, MoH) comply to the same Unified Healthcare Professional Qualification Requirements but issues different licenses for the region (Emirates) you are planning to work. However, some terms and conditions may differ when it comes to examination & activation of the license.

Who is eligible for the DHA test?

For GPs

For specialist and consultant

Documents required

According to the DHA license requirements, you need to submit the following documents for initial processing

When your DHA license application is approved you also need to submit

Contents of the DHA test

The Dubai Prometric exam is a 2 hours multiple-choice question 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.

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.

N.B: In most cases, completing your lengthy application procedures and appearing in the test takes approximately 2 months to accomplish. While you can get hands-on your valid DHA license within 4-6 months after applying.

Test centres

There’s no test centre in Ethiopia currently. The following are the nearest centre available.

Computer Pride Limited 1st Floor, JKUAT Towers (Previously known as ICEA Building) Kenyatta Avenue




For applicants who are able to take the exam in Dubai can use the following address:


BLD 2B - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


DHA license fee structure

There are several payments required during the different the DHA licensing process. Here is a step-wise breakdown of DHA license fees for your convenience.

Application and registration fees

License activation fees full-time:

License activation part-time:

AED 4000

License delivery charges:

AED 20

PSV fees

Oral assessment fees

CBT fees:

Test Day Check-in Items

Prior to testing, verify the emails sent by the test sponsor to ensure that you have everything you need.

Here are the two important test day check-in things you'll need:

N.B Any test taker who arrives at the testing centre without an approved mask will be denied the opportunity to take the exam, will be marked as a "no show," and will not be entitled to a free and new DHA exam schedule.

Summarized steps

Let us sort things out first so that you may fully understand the terms/vocab that you will encounter when you apply.

STEP 1: Prepare All Required Documents

STEP 2: Create a Sheryan Account

Go to this site to create your account:  CLICK HERE 

STEP 3: Wait for Your Eligibility ID

STEP 4: Apply for PSV

STEP 5: Schedule Your Prometric Exam

STEP 6: Go to The Test Centre

STEP 7: Wait for the Result

STEP 8: Go to Dubai

Visit the official site through the following link:  




WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma-Med In Ethiopia Team

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WRITTEN BY - Bezawit Girma

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