Public health and Covid-19 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 77.4 years for men and 79.5 years for women. For comparison: worldwide life expectancy is about 5.6 years lower (men: 70.6 / women: 75.1 years).
A total of 1,842.69 USD per inhabitant is spent annually on health measures at state expense. This corresponds to approximately 4.3% of the gross domestic product. Internationally, this amount averages 1,121.97 USD (~ 9.8% of the respective GDP).
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Distribution of the corona virus

Spread of the corona virus in the United Arab Emirates

Current incidence in the week ending 11/30/2022: 12.9 new infections per 100,000 population
Since the beginning of the pandemic until November 30th, 2022, a total of 1,044,058 infected people and 2,348 deaths have been reported in the United Arab Emirates.
The total of 1,044,058 infected people currently represents 10.56% of the total population. The number of new infections during the seven days preceding November 30th, 2022, was 1,279, for a 7-day incidence of 12.9 cases per 100,000 population. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, this results in a mortality rate of about 0.2 percent in the United Arab Emirates.

Current vaccination status

According to official WHO data, a total of 24.92 million vaccine doses have been administered as of July 6th, 2022. More recent data are not yet available to WHO. 9.99 million people have received at least one vaccination (101.0%). The booster vaccination was received by 5.14 million people (52.0%).
9.79 million of these are considered fully vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates (= 99.0%).
This makes the United Arab Emirates one of the best-supplied countries in the world. The vaccination rate is higher in 4 countries.
The data (apart from arithmetical rounding) are taken unchanged from WHO publications. Vaccination rates of over 100% are an indication that people were also counted who had been vaccinated in the United Arab Emirates but came from another country. Especially in times of vaccine shortage, many people have been vaccinated in other countries.
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 Covid19 virus topic page.

Weight and size

Body height173 cm160 cm
Weight84.5 kg75.6 kg


United Arab EmiratesØ worldwide
Diabetes *16.30%8.81%
HIV / Aids0.02%0.03%

* 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 *9.60%8.21%

* 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, 18.2% of all over 15-year-olds are still smokers.
13 percent of newborns are underweight.

Medical supplies

Public health and Covid-19 in the United Arab EmiratesMedical care provided by doctors and hospitals in the United Arab Emirates is below average compared to the world population. The country provides 1.4 hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants. The global mean here is 2.9 beds. Within the EU, 4.6 beds are available for every 1,000 residents.
With about 23,900 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.
Through medical care, the mortality rate of major known diseases can be reduced as far as possible. For example, only about 19 percent of all people who suffer from cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases or chylomicron retention disease (CRD) currently 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 case numbers for the spread of the corona virus come from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Infected and deaths by the corona virus (COVID 19)Spread of the Corona virus Covid19 (SARS-CoV-2)Worldwide development of the number of cases and deaths due to the corona virus.
Comparison: Life expectancyAverage life expectancy by countryInternational ranking of life expectancy in 125 countries including summary by continents. Explanation of significant factors.
Comparison: quality of lifeQuality of life in country comparisonCompare the quality of life around the globe: In which countries is life pleasant, safe and healthy?