Giving Birth In UAE on Visit Visa - A Planning Guide

Giving Birth in UAE on Visit Visa
Giving Birth in UAE on Visit Visa
By Robeena Brown

August 03, 2022 | 13 min read

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Giving Birth in UAE on Visit Visa

Your consignment date is nearing, but you cannot fly out of UAE and have to give birth. If you or anyone you know is in this scenario, our giving birth in the UAE on a visit visa guide will be very informative. This is also a helpful resource for first-time parents who don't know about the UAE's prenatal, maternity, and postnatal procedures.

The seven Emirates, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain, make up the UAE, with maternity healthcare services and laws being similar in all of the Emirates. Maternal healthcare in UAE is a thriving sector with high-end facilities and famous healthcare institutions having luxury sections that provide prenatal, childbirth, and postnatal services. Before we delve into the details, here are three crucial points you need to keep in mind if you are going to give birth in the UAE:

Giving Birth In UAE on Visit Visa - A Planning Guide
  1. Home births are not allowed in the UAE. There are numerous clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes where you can choose to give birth.
  2. You have to be married to give birth in the UAE. The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country governed by Islamic law, so any practices against Islamic beliefs are shunned. If you are giving birth in the UAE, you must be married and show proof(a certified marriage certificate). Giving birth out of wedlock in any of the UAE hospitals can get you into some serious trouble.
  3. Most practicing obstetricians and gynecologists in private and government UAE hospitals will be women. This is another aspect that complies with Islamic law. Apart from these three factors, nothing is lacking in UAE's childbirth amenities. Up-to-date facilities, well-trained midwives and nurses, and excellent service are a few highlights you will experience while delivering your baby in the UAE. Here are some steps you can follow to make your delivery process more accessible.

Before Delivery

Choosing a Doctor and Hospital

  • 01   Finding a hospital and a gynecologist.

    This can be easily done as the UAE hospitals and clinics have websites where their names, specialty, and credentials list all the doctors. Some hospitals have a full explanation of what the doctors specialize in. You can always call the hospital and check for details about the doctor and the facilities. Hospital staff speaks Arabic, English, and other languages depending on where they originate from because the UAE is a multicultural country.

  • 02   Book an appointment with the doctor you selected.

    To secure an appointment with a doctor, you will have to open a new file with the hospital where the doctor practices. The documents needed to open a file with the hospital are:

    • Valid medical insurance card
    • Original and copy of Certified Marriage Certificate
    • Original and copy of both parent's passports
    • Original and copy of residency visa/visit visa of both parents

    After this, you can book an appointment with the doctor and prepare yourself for delivery.

Childbirth Methods in UAE

Standard childbirth methods like natural birth and c-sections are widely practiced in the UAE. Recently there have been rare reports of water births in certain UAE hospitals. You can discuss your preferred childbirth method with your gynecologist and see which ones are offered at the hospital.

Cost of Childbirth in UAE

Childbirth and maternal healthcare services are expensive in the UAE. Standard delivery in a private hospital can cost you anywhere between 22,000 AED to 30,000 AED, with the charges increasing for C-section deliveries. Giving birth in a government hospital may cost anywhere above 7,000 AED, depending on the mode of delivery. Check with your doctor or hospital to see if the charges are within your budget.

Childbirth insurance

Due to the soaring prices, it is mandatory to have medical insurance for every expatriate employed in the UAE. If your husband is working in the UAE, ensure that he has maternity care in his insurance package.

After Delivery

Giving Birth In UAE on Visit Visa - A Planning Guide

Getting a birth certificate for your newborn in UAE

Make sure to have a certified Marriage certificate with you, a mandatory document to register your child's birth. Next, you can proceed to the Consulate of your country and apply for the birth certificate.

Applying for a UAE Residence visa for your newborn child

It is compulsory to apply for a UAE residence visa for your newborn within 120 days of their birth. If you cannot do so, you will have to settle a fine of 100 AED every day exceeding the deadline. The procedure to apply for a newborn residence visa in UAE is the same as a family residence visa.

You must apply for a UAE residence visa for a newborn baby within 120 days of birth; otherwise, you will have to pay an AED100 fine for each day beyond the deadline. This process is the same as for a family residence visa.

Eligibility Criteria for a parent to sponsor newborn

  • Valid UAE residence visa and emirates ID
  • Minimum monthly salary of 4,000 AED or 3,500 AED with accommodation allowance.

Documents needed to process residence visa for newborn

  • Original Emirates ID of parent
  • Passport & residence visa page of parent (passport must have minimum 6 months validity).
  • Registered Tenancy contract / Ejari or Title Deed photocopy.
  • Partner/ Investor visa holders should attach Company/Personal Statements for the last six months, Trade License Copy list, and MOA.
  • Valid Salary Certificate, if the sponsor is a Government/Semi-government/Free zone Employee.
  • Valid Labor Contract (issued by MOHRE) if the sponsor works in the Private Sector.
  • Recent Electricity Bill if house owned by a sponsor (Not rented).
  • Child passport (Original), 1 passport size color photograph, white background (Studio type)
  • Birth Certificate (Attested).
  • Mother Passport with residence visa copy
  • Health Insurance Certificate or Card
  • Dubai Court Attested NOC letter signed by the Father (If Mother Sponsor)