Registration requirement for pharmacists in United Arab Emirates

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To register to work within the UAE pharmacists will need to apply to the ministry of health for licensure. In order to gain license to practice pharmacy applicants will be required to complete three stages of examinations.

Arabic Language Exam- fluency in Arabic is mandatory for licensure, applicants will be required to prove they can translate medical terminology from both Arabic to English and English to Arabic

Pharmacy exam- questions will cover broadly most area of pharmacy, clinical, pharmacology, therapeutics, pharmacy calculations, over the counter medicines and patient counseling

UAE Pharmacy regulation Exam- a multiple choice exam based on UAE federal pharmacy law and the UAE code of conduct for pharmacists.

For further information on the licensing process and to obtain an application you should contact the ministry of health as follows:


Ministry of health

P.O BoxAbu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates

Tel: 9712 6117-3299712 6117-421

Fax: 9712 6313-742




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Kaushal Pathak's picture
Author: Kaushal Pathak


Zarrin Faria's picture

Dear kaushal...
Pharmacists are highly paid in UAE....
But as you have mentioned passing an arabic examination would be difficult for the pharmacists from they have any other option to this...
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Kaushal Pathak's picture

Dear Faria..
There is no other option..i mean its a mandatory requirement...beside if we want to do something nothing is impossible!!!

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Hi This is Syed Mohsin Khadri, academically a clinical pharmacist MPharm Clin. Phar) working in UAE. to get registered in UAE to work as a pharmacist you have to pass Ministry of health examination conducted in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Health care is divided into three main sectors 1. Ministry of Health - the federal department 2. Health Authrity Aby Dhabi (for abu Dhabi) 3. Dubai Health Authority (Dubai) for a candidate to be eligible to work as a pharmacist in Abu Dhabi he has to pass the HAAD and as well as MOH examination Idifiicult task) and who wish to work in Dubai private sector they have to pass DHA pharmacy exam. The good thing about Dubai (DHA exam) is there is no arabic. the details can be located on the following websites if you people have any doubt please do not hesitate to contact me regards SMK
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good information, but will you suggest this option during such an financial crunch of recession period.


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As far as my knowledge...
There is not much effect of recession on the demand for pharmacists in UAE .. it is not as much as before but still the option seems to be very handsome..

kranthi kumar's picture

Dear Kaushal,
Good information, where is this language taught in india, if possible in andhrapradesh ?
As sir has mentioned is not recession effected this country ?




Kaushal Pathak's picture

Not much effect of recession as the funds available in the country is mostly oil money...
I don't know the exact location...
But you can contact some Arabic schools commonly called as madarsas they know the language well can provide a training...
Possible in Andhra Pradesh...

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