Corona virus and healthcare in the United Arab Emirates

Healthcare in the United Arab Emirates

Healthcare in the United Arab Emirates is rather above average in a worldwide comparison.

Probably the most important indicator that can be used to summarize the efficiency of all measures is general life expectancy. In other words, the theoretical age that a newborn child could potentially reach today. At the moment this age in the United Arab Emirates is 77.1 years for men and 79.2 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.5 years lower (men: 70.4 / women: 74.9 years).

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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the United Arab Emirates

The inhabitants of the United Arab Emirates are also affected by the corona pandemic and the spread of the Sars-Covid-19 virus. By July 5th, 2020, 51540 infected persons and 323 deaths have been reported in the country. The first confirmed infections were reported on January 26th, 2020, which is the date of the official notification. An additional 10-14 days are calculated for noticing one's own infection, the doctor's appointment, the laboratory test and, above all, the period from the infection until the first symptoms appear. The country reached its peak so far on May 22nd with 994 new infected persons.

Covid 19 virus infected in the United Arab Emirates
Deaths caused by the Covid19 virus in the United Arab Emirates

The first graph shows the number of infected persons reported. The second graph shows the number of deaths.

Mortality rate of infected persons

From the previously infected and deceased people, in the United Arab Emirates results in a mortality rate of 0.6%. However, it should be borne in mind that death occurs an average of 19 days after the first symptoms appear. The time of the actual infection is therefore followed by several days until a person affected has a medical test carried out and the results are available. In order to quantify mortality more precisely, one would therefore have to compare the deaths that have occurred to date with those reported 46,973 infected up to 10 days ago. This gives in the United Arab Emirates a new mortality rate of 0.7%.

Due to the current corona pandemic, we update the worldwide case numbers daily. A list of all infected and dead people by country can be found on our Corona virus topic page.

Development in the last days

DateInfected Deaths 
Sun 5th683+1.3%2+0.6%
Sat 4th716+1.4%3+0.9%
Fri 3rd672+1.4%1+0.3%
Thu 2nd400+0.8%1+0.3%
Wed 1st402+0.8%1+0.3%
Tue 30th421+0.9%1+0.3%
Mon 29th449+0.9%1+0.3%
Sun 28th437+0.9%2+0.6%
Sat 27th387+0.8%1+0.3%
Fri 26th410+0.9%2+0.6%

Weight and size

Body height171 cm159 cm
Weight82.2 kg74.6 kg


United Arab EmiratesØ worldwide
Diabetes *16.30%8.81%

* The number of people suffering from diabetes refers only to inhabitants aged between 20 and 79 years.

Child vaccinations

United Arab EmiratesØ worldwide
Hepatitis B0.10%0.08%
DTP *9.90%8.59%

* DTP is a three times combined basic vaccination against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus, which should be given to children up to the age of 23 months.
In the United Arab Emirates, 28.9% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
13 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Medical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the United Arab Emirates is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.2 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The worldwide average here is 2.7 beds and within the EU there are even 5.6 beds for every 1000 inhabitants.

With about 23,100 physicians in the United Arab Emirates, there are about 2.39 doctors per 1000 inhabitants. Here again the comparison: worldwide this standard is 1.50 physicians per 1000 inhabitants and in the EU even 3.57.

Due to the low level of care, the mortality of major known diseases can only be reduced in comparatively few cases. According to current information, about 17 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) still die.


Above data correspond to the information of the World Health Organization, Global Health Workforce Statistics, UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, Global Health Observatory Data Repository and OECD. The daily case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).