1: Vaccinations against
polio is advised. Typhoid occurs in rural areas.
2: Malaria is not considered a risk in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
nor in the cities of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman or Umm al Qaiwain. There
is a risk of contracting the benign vivax form in the valleys
and on the lower slopes of mountainous areas of the Northern States.
In these regions chloroquine or proguanil is recommended as well
as protection against mosquito bites
Normally tap water in major cities is safe to drink, but in small
villages bottled water should be used. Water used for drinking,
making ice or brushing teeth should first be boiled or otherwise
sterilized. Milk is usually sold un-pasteurized and should be boiled.
Powdered or tinned milk is available and recommended Be sure that
it is reconstituted with pure water. Avoid dairy products made from
un boiled milk. Eat well cooked meat and fish and preferably served
hot. Salad and mayonnaise may be risky. Vegetables should be not
be eaten raw and fruit peeled
Visceral leishmaniasis and tick-borne
typhus does occur. Avoid mosquito, sand fly and tick bites by
using repellents. Wear shoes to prevent soil borne parasites. Drink
plenty of water to avoid heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Immunizations
against hepatitis A is advised Hepatitis B is endemic.
Rabies has been documented close to the border
with Oman. For those at high risk, vaccinations before arrival should
be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical assistance. For more
information, see the Health appendix
care in UAE
Medical facilities are of high quality and are extremely expensive.
Private health insurance is essential.