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Dubai first to accept OET in the UAE

By 27 April 2017OET News

Dubai has become the first state in the UAE to accept OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals.

In February, OET signed inaugural agreements with Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA) and the Dubai Government’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), giving healthcare professionals the opportunity to improve their career prospects in the UAE.



DHCA is the first health authority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to recognise OET as proof of English proficiency for healthcare professionals who have had their medical and health sciences education in languages other than English.

Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi, CEO, DHCR, said, “With an increasing number of patients from across nationalities receiving treatment within Dubai Healthcare City, the regulatory body has stressed the importance for healthcare professionals to be proficient in English to communicate effectively and ensure a high standard of care and safety.”

KHDA supports schools, universities, parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to create a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing. Healthcare professionals who pass OET will also be able to receive a statement of recognition showing compatibility with the UAE National Qualifications Framework (QFEmirates).

“OET CEO, Sujata Stead said: “We are delighted to sign these agreements because safety and quality of care lie at the heart of OET. Both KHDA and DHCA have demonstrated their commitment to both patient safety and high quality care by ensuring healthcare professionals are able to communicate effectively in English.

“We believe that strengthening the bonds between OET and the UAE will contribute to the high standards of healthcare in the region,” she concluded.

Pictured left: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr Almahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA.
Pictured right: Sujata Stead, CEO of OET with Dr AlBlooshi, DHCA CEO (left) and Dr Al Hammadi, Director of Professional Licensing (right).