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How to Get Licenced to Practice Physiotherapy in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Here's a quick summary on how to get a physiotherapy practising licence in Dubai and Abu Dhabi:

A foreign trained physiotherapist should at least have a B.Sc in physiotherapy, with at least two years work experience.

The physiotherapist must be a graduate from a National and/ or International recognized college/University.

For graduates from the UAE universities, the program and university must be accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR).

Higher diploma certificates from The Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE will be equivalent to Bachelor degree as per MOHESR standard

A Master degree or PhD (in the area of specialty) will reduce one (1) year from the required experience for licensing provided that the Master’s/ PhD degree is not mandatory to obtain the selected title.

Qualifications acquired through honorary nature, correspondence or distance learning are not counted towards the PQR requirements.

All non-UAE national graduate physiotherapists from UAE universities are required to successfully complete Six (6) months internship post- graduation.

UAE National physiotherspists are exempt from the experience and internship requirements for the basic entry level.

Foreign trained physiotherapists must hold a valid License/ Registration to practice in their home country and/or country of last employment (where applicable).

Assistant allied healthcare professionals cannot work independently and shall work under a licensed Allied Healthcare professional.

Physiotherapists, like other health professionals, are required to pass an assessment in order to obtain their practising licence in the UAE.

To work in Abu Dhabi as a physiotherapist, you have to be assessed by HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi)

You pay
AED 50 ($13.61) for the pre-registration with HAAD and

$73.57 collected by PearsonVue for HAAD Testing Center
$94.59 for International Testing Centers

Click here to get to start an online application (eLicencing) for a practising licence in Abu Dhabi

After registration, you will need to look out for if you have an approval to book an exam with Pearson.

If your application is "Approved For Exam", navigate to Exam Scheduling page. (e-Licensing > Examination > Exam Scheduling) to book your exam with HAAD

Please Note : You have to sit for an exam within 3 months after being "Approved For Exam". Failure to do so may result in disapproving the application.

Only use a Visa/Master Credit Card. Make sure that the Credit Card is valid and has sufficient daily balance to process the payment.

Result for the HAAD Exams are declared within three business days.

You can also search and  apply for physiotherapy jobs in Abu Dhabi

To Work as a physiotherapist in Dubai, you need to be assessed by DHA (Dubai Health Authority)

You can apply online here

Initial Fees AED 220 ($59.89)
Primary Source Verification : AED 935. ($254.55)
Extra Document AED 300.($81.67)
Oral - AED 270.($73.51)
Prometric: USD 170.
Issue License: AED 1020.($277.69)
Delivery fees: AED 20 ($5.44) payable cash upon delivery

Initial application review: 2-4 weeks
Primary Source Verification (PSV): it will be proceed after 48 hr of payment.
Exam assessment:
Prometric Assessment (CBT): based on prometric exam schedule
Oral Assessment: based on DHA exam schedule
Upload labor card and Insurance: 5 working days after application submission
Issue license: 2 working days


  1. I appreciate everything you have added to my knowledge base.Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer.Thanks. medical center dubai

  2. How difficult it is to pass the exam HAAD exam and where can learning materials be obtained

    1. Hi Lerien, I can't really say how hard or easy the exam is, but it doesn't have the reputation of being a "difficult" exam. You can check for learning materials and let me know how it goes. All the best!

  3. As a physiotherapist, Is there any chance to practice or work as a fresher (without 2 years experience) ? Money doesn't matter but I can't go back to my country to take 2 years experience and then come back. I want to stay in UAE only.

    1. UAE requires 2years experience for foreigners so far, but you can consider applying for an internship program since you are a fresher.

  4. Is there an age limit in taking haad exam?

    1. I don't know about any age limitations, if there are any.

  5. Am a physiotherapist from Nigeria. i have 7 years working experience amd Msc in MSK (musculoskeletal physiotherapy). can i atleast get the job, relocate and then process my liscence over there.

    1. Hi Vincent, sorry for the late response. There are jobs available... You can check this post for more information

  6. Hi... M Physiotherapist from India and having my private practice from 8 years. Can I get a job there in Dubai n then give the licence exam?

    1. Hi, you need to get a job first, then write the exams to get licenced to practice.

    2. Hi Nancy! I'm a physiotherapist too from Nigeria. Can the license exam be done online? What about the issue of residency permit?

    3. Hi Jibril, concerning where you can do the exam you should contact prometric, they organize the exams

  7. Is it computer based exams or do they include trials with patients ?

  8. Hi im a final year student from india....after completing the course can i join any job in dubai hospitals or should i need an experience for that????

  9. Hi im a physiotherapu final year student from india......after completing course can i apply for jobs in hospitals directly or should i qualify any exam please help

    1. Hi, you need to work for 2years after getting your B.Sc before you can think of writing their exams. And you must get a job offer before they will let you write the exams.

  10. You need to have at least 2years experience after getting your B.Sc.

    1. Must there be a job offer before the exams?

    2. Hi Kenneth, sorry for the late response.On paper, they expect you to get a job offer first, but nothing stops you from trying. You can contact They conduct the exams. Cheers

  11. Hi Kenneth,sorry for the late response. On paper, they expect you to get a job offer first, but nothing stops you from trying. You can contact They conduct the exams. Cheers

  12. Hi,
    I am a physical therapist educated in Poland however I usa citizen I am licensed to work in new york state and have bee working in usa for 5 years
    is it possible for me to work in Dubai as a physical therapist and what options do I have? how log does the process take ?
    thank you

    1. Hi Marvin, wow I would think someone would want to move from Dubai to the US instead...But you have your reasons😀. You have a fantastic résumé for Dubai as they love western trained and experienced physiotherapists. The length of the process depends on how fast you get a job and write the exams. You can check the website to see how soon you can write the exam.

  13. Do you know what the oral exam for Dubai includes and if that has to be done in person?

    1. Hi I don't have information on the oral exam yet but once I do will let you know. Anyone who has such Info can also share

  14. Hi Nancy, I'm a fresh physiotherapy graduate in nigeria, is it possible for me to do my internship program in use?

    1. Hi Oluwayomi, it would have been easier to do your internship in UAE if you had graduated in UAE, so I'm not sure how easy that would be. But it would be good to complete your internship in Nigeria, so you can get your full license rather than the provincial one.


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