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May 2023

Unit will manage cases for neonatal and paediatric patients through bedside services, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, and pulmonology

Two Mubadala Health partners have joined forces to open a specialised long-term paediatric care unit offering 24/7 service from a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and therapists, and the facility includes an in-house school and a gym too.

Expanding long-term paediatric care in Abu Dhabi, Amana Healthcare – one of the Middle East’s leading providers of long-term care, inpatient rehabilitation, and home care services, has opened a 29-bed unit in Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women and Children.

With intensive care-level capabilities within a home-like setting, the unit offers round-the-clock care in a child-friendly atmosphere for patients in need of long-term acute services for complex medical conditions. Equipped with an indoor play area, in-house school, and paediatric gym, the facility will provide holistic care to children.

Our objective is to help paediatric patients receive the care they need in a welcoming and child-friendly environment,” Dr Jason Gray, acting executive director, Amana Healthcare, said and noted that the unit will have finest Western-certified caregivers and physicians to look after children in need of complex medical care.

The facility will manage cases for neonatal and paediatric patients through bedside services. These will include X-rays, developmental checks, and other care interventions, such as cardiology, gastroenterology, orthopaedics, and pulmonology.

“We have specifically ensured that the hospital environment is tailored for paediatric patients and have introduced several quality-of-life programmes,” Dr Gray said.

The unit will provide patients with a comprehensive therapy programme involving physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, respiratory therapy, and dietetics, as well as a special education programme led by a trained specialist in this field.

Omar Al Naqbi, acting executive director at Danat Al Emarat Hospital for Women & Children, said the collaboration will result in delivering exceptional long-term care to the paediatric patients.

“Our partnership with Amana Healthcare bridges our specialties with its renowned long-term care unit. Amana Healthcare’s facilities help paediatric patients receive long-term acute services safely and comfortably, tailored to their needs.”

Quality-of-life programmes will be at the heart of all treatment plans. Paediatric residents will be offered the chance to engage in personalised activities such as movie groups, arts and crafts classes, community excursions, and in-house schooling. Birthdays and other special anniversaries will be planned, ensuring that patients can celebrate their important milestones.

The unit will use an integrated care model that allows for greater coordination and lowered risk of infection for ventilated patients being transferred between the intensive care unit and the long-term ventilation unit.

At present, the work permit is granted for a duration of two years, and it is strictly prohibited for individuals to engage in employment within the country without possessing a valid document.

The proposal to extend the duration of work permits from two years to three has been approved by the Federal National Council (FNC), which serves as the UAE's parliamentary body. The decision was made in response to a recommendation from an FNC committee aiming to alleviate the financial burdens associated with acquiring work permits.

Presently, work permits in the UAE are typically issued for a period of two years by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. It is strictly forbidden for individuals to engage in employment within the country without possessing a valid work permit.

The FNC Committee on Financial, Economic, and Industrial Affairs presented a report suggesting the extension of the work permit duration to three years. The report also included additional recommendations, such as waiving work permit fees for job changes. Another approved recommendation by the FNC was that workers should remain with an employer for a minimum of one year after the probationary period, although this requirement can be waived with the employer's consent.
Inspection visits

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) reported to the FNC that it conducted more than 72,000 inspection visits throughout the country this year. Among these visits, approximately 2,300 were specifically focused on suspected cases of false Emiratisation. As a result, around 430 cases were identified, and some of them were referred to the public prosecution for further action.

In January 2023, the MoHRE referred 20 companies to public prosecution for violating Emiratisation policies in the previous year. Additionally, the Public Prosecution had ordered the imprisonment of the owner and manager of a private company for deceiving 296 Emirati trainees as part of the Nafis program, where money was taken from them.

There is a federal law that mandates private sector companies to increase the representation of Emiratis in their workforce. By the end of the last year, companies with 50 or more employees were required to have a minimum of 2 percent Emiratis in skilled positions. This year, by June 30, they are obligated to increase this representation by an additional 1 percent. By the end of the year, the target is to have 4 percent of Emiratis in skilled roles.
Flexible policies

During the FNC meeting last week, Abdulrahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, highlighted three key policies that protect employers from risks:

    Worker protection insurance system: Employers are mandated to provide insurance coverage to protect workers in the event of company insolvency or the inability to pay dues. Over 96 percent of registered workers are currently covered under this scheme.
    Wage protection system: It ensures timely and secure payment of employee salaries. This system requires companies and establishments to fulfill wage obligations through authorized financial institutions.
    Unemployment insurance: More than 2 million people, including 40,000 Emiratis, have subscribed to the unemployment insurance scheme. Eligible workers in the UAE have to subscribe to the scheme before June 30 to avoid penalties. It’s an ultra-low-cost security net that protects workers if they lose their jobs.


April 2023

Dubai: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) announced that Ramadan 29-Shawwal 3 1444 will be a paid holiday for all employees in the private sector across the UAE, on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

According to the Gregorian calendar, the 29th day of Ramadan will fall on Thursday April 20. So Eid holidays will begin from Thursday.

“This comes in line with the UAE Cabinet’s decision to grant equal official public holidays to both, the public and private sectors,” MoHRE said.
During the meeting, several major projects were discussed to help achieve the country's strategic objective of developing a more advanced healthcare system

The UAE Health Council has discussed several national health initiatives and projects to achieve the country's national health goals during its meeting in Dubai.

Chaired by Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, the meeting was attended by Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Chairman of the Department of Health, Abu Dhabi, Awad Saghir Al Ketbi Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), and Dr Abdul Aziz Al Muhairi, Director of the Sharjah Health Authority, as well as representatives from public and private health entities.

During the meeting, several major projects were discussed to help achieve the country's strategic objective of developing a more advanced healthcare system. These projects were designed based on innovative methodologies to advance healthcare services, promote digital transformation in the health sector in line with international best practices and improve the quality of life for society by providing better access to high-quality healthcare services.

Enhancing Competitiveness of Health Sector

The Council reviewed the UAE's recent accomplishments in enhancing the competitiveness of the healthcare sector and its position in global health rankings. The Council chairman attributed these achievements to the unwavering support and guidance of the wise leadership, which provided top-notch facilities and capabilities for healthcare workers across various medical specialities.

The chairman reaffirmed the Council's commitment to establishing a comprehensive and integrated healthcare system that prioritises preventative and curative measures, achieved by implementing innovative policies and legislation and the management of public health programmes that rely on digital data and specialised competencies.


The Health Council has responsibilities, which involve coordinating efforts among federal and local health service providers, as well as the private sector, to promote integration and enhance the healthcare quality in the country.

The Council addresses common challenges in the healthcare sector and works collaboratively with relevant authorities to implement appropriate measures. It also examines proposed laws, regulations, and guidelines related to the healthcare industry, provides feedback and recommendations to the appropriate authorities, and promotes scientific research and studies.