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:. Private medical practice and teaching in UAE

Sent by: Elena


I will relocate in Dubai late August where my husband has been offered a teaching job in a private school.

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist with a background in Psychology and currently I work in private practice and teach in a University and I would like to do something similar in Dubai too.

I searched for university jobs but it seems that there are not any counselling courses in the Universities there (I only found one psychology BSc course).

Are you aware of any training programmes in Counselling or how I can find out?

Next, do you think there is demand for counsellors in Dubai? Are there any legal or other implications with setting up a private practice from home? How much does it cost to rent an office (that could potentially be used for therapy room)? I know that there is the option of working as a counsellor in a school, but I would like to explore other options first.

Thank you in advance for your reply. Elena



Opening a private practice clinic requires establishing a company in UAE with local partner, besides acquiring licence from the Ministry of Health for practicing medical profession.

Teaching specialized medical subjects in graduate level studies in UAE is not common, as the courses offered are more business oriented. The daily newspapers occasionally post advertisments about the available graduate studies, especially at the beginning of academic semester.

Office rent for the 2nd quarter of 2009 has dropped about 20% in Dubai, while residential rents have dropped even with bigger percentage, compared to the same period in 2008. Still the rent depends on the size of the property and its location. Jumairah Beach area is very known for its private clinics.

26 April 2009

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