National Program for Government Communication launched 2021 Healthy Children initiative to fight obesity among children. The UAE National Agenda aims to reduce the prevalence of obesity amongst children from 13.17 per cent (as of 2014) to 12 percent by the year 2021.
The law specifies that Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) shall include the following:
Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) and subsequent use of ovum
Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer (GIFT) or Zygote Intra-Fallopian Transfer
Any universally accepted fertilisation techniques, as determined by a Cabinet decision upon the proposal of the Oversight and Control Committee.
The law prohibits ART done in the following ways:
Performing fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of a woman other than his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into his wife’s uterus
Performing fertilisation using the ovum of a woman and the sperm of a man other than her husband, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into her uterus
Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of a gestational surrogate
Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of a woman other than his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of another woman
Performing external fertilisation using the sperm of a man and the ovum of his wife, and then implanting the fertilised ovum into the uterus of another of his wives.
The law also prohibits fertility centres from using unfertilised or fertilised ova or sperm for commercial purposes, or conducting research, or executing genetic modifications of the characteristics of neonates, or disposing of them for the benefit of others.
The law allows preservation of frozen unfertilised ova and sperm for future reproduction for the benefit of a couple, for a maximum period of five years. It stipulates that the fertilised ova that have not been implanted inside the woman and the frozen unfertilised ova and sperm may be destroyed upon the death of either spouse or in the event of divorce or upon the request of the couple.
Expectant mothers need to open a file for themselves at a maternity hospital. To ensure a smooth access to maternity services, please open the file before the seventh month of pregnancy. The following documents are needed to open a file:
Passports of both parents
Marriage certificate; attested and translated if not in Arabic
Residence visas of both expectant parents
Emirates ID of both expectant parents
Family book (for UAE nationals
The child can be delivered in either a government or a private hospital. The cost of delivery at a public or private hospital depends on a number of factors such as:
extent of coverage provided by the insurance (if applicable)
grade of package chosen (economy, luxury etc.)
services chosen in the package (type of room etc.)
type of delivery (normal or a caesarean; the latter being about twice as expensive)
other essential medical treatments as per individual case.
The baby will carry the citizenship of the father.
You can look for maternity and paediatric healthcare facilities on the websites of:
According to the UAE law, it is a crime to abort a pregnancy unless:
it endangers the woman's life or
there is evidence that the baby will be born with fatal deformities and will not survive.
In the latter case, the foetus must be aborted before it is 120 days old, which is during the 17th week of the pregnancy and one week into the second trimester. The abortion must be approved by an authorised medical board. Abortion of foetus after 120 days of pregnancy is not be permitted.
Ministry of Health and Prevention launched several initiatives for the benefit of senior people. One of these initiatives is to create a database to monitor the life expectancy of older persons in the country and expand the healthcare programmes and services especially home care services.
The ministry provides mobile clinic services in remote areas of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. The services include medical care, rehabilitation, natural treatments, preventive measures, dental, optical, dermatological and diabetes treatments. The mobile clinic in Ras Al Khaimah does not offer dental treatments.
Ministry of Community Development provides primary healthcare and social, psychological and physical therapy to UAE nationals who are at least 60 years at the Elderly Care Center or through their home care programme.
Red Crescent Authority offers various programmes for the elderly and coordinates with the elderly care centres across the country to organise various activities and events that draw attention to the issues of old people.
On special occasions, such as the International Day of Older Persons which falls on October 1, the authority organises field visits to elderly care homes to understand the needs of the ageing people and provide them with psychological support and special gifts. Red Crescent Authority also formed a team of caregivers and trained them to achieve its humanitarian mission in the elderly care arena.
Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Centre is the only centre that provides specialised care for the elderly in Abu Dhabi city. It admits senior citizens who have no body to take care of them. Abu Dhabi Rehabilitation Centre offers a number of city and social services including diagnosis, consultation, physical therapy, speech therapy, psychotherapy, exercise therapy, water cure, work therapy, family counselling and integration into the society.
In Al Ain, the municipality provides mobile unit service . Through this service, elderly and people of determination can request for a customer service representative to visit them at their premises and process their service requests.
Article 2 of the law provides: A person's special needs shall not be a reason to deprive him/her of their rights and services especially in welfare as well as social, economic, health, educational, professional, cultural and leisure services.
Ministry of Health and Prevention issues disability assessment report and accredits medical reports of people of determination.
The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi provides assesses the mental status and work fitness level for people of determination.
In the emirate of Abu Dhabi, if there is a medical emergency for people of determination, you can get help by sending an SMS to 5999. You are required to send information about the incident, location of the patient and a phone number on which the police can contact you.