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When and where can I get tested?

Generally speaking, hospitals and other government healthcare installations throughout the country serve as testing facilities for Coronavirus. But in an effort to more comprehensively trace, identify and isolate new cases of infection, the UAE government has erected numerous screening centers to mass test the population.

 

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Dubai
Abu Dhabi
Sharjah
Ajman
Umm al Quwain
Fujairah
Ras al Khaimah

 

Dubai

Al Nasr Club, Oud Metha Road (Close to Ismaili Centre Dubai)
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM
To book: call DHA on 800 342. The center is only for residents who are either above 60 years old, pregnant women, or those with ongoing chronic diseases. Other categories need to call 800 1717

Dubai Festival City located at Festival City Mall, near Crescent Drive
To book, call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 04 260 8777

Al Qusais Ground Floor, 8777 Manazel Deira Building, Al Nahda Street, Al Qusais 2
To book call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 042608777

Silicon Oasis Lynx Tower, No. 6, Silicon Oasis
To book call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 042608777

Discovery Gardens Zen Cluster, Building 6, Street 1 A, Discovery Gardens. Next to Dubai Driving Centre
To book call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 042608777

Al Warqa, Mushroom Building No. 3, Al Warqa 1
To book call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 042608777

International City, Warsan Building, Opposite T01 Spain Cluster
To book, call Al Futtaim Health Hub on 042608777

Port Rashid located at the main gate of Port Rashid (also called Mina Rashid).
Al Mina – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices

Al Khawaneej located at ‘Last Exit’. Drive down D54 and follow signs for the Last Exit.
Al KhawaneejAl Khawaneej 1 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices

Medcare Hospital, near Al Safa Park – Al Hadiqa Rd.
Near Al Safa Park – Al Hadiqa Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Call +9718006332273 for bookings and details.

Medcare clinics testing centers are scattered throughout Dubai at the following locations; Mirdif City Centre, Mirdif Uptown, Medcare Specialty Centre, Jumeirah, Discovery Garden, JBR, Marina, Al Barsha Centre, Al Rashidiya, Al Khawaneej, Motor City, Medcare Paediatric Specialty Centre. To find the clinic nearest to your location, you may call 8006332273 for details and appointments. Clinics are open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and accommodates walk-in test sessions. The COVID PCR test costs AED 370.

PCR tests, however, are not offered at the Al Barsha Centre.

Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, 2nd St – Garhoud.
2nd St – Garhoud – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Please call +97142827788 for bookings and details.

Mediclinic City Hospital, Building 37 – 26th St.
Building 37 – 26th St – Umm Hurair 2Dubai Healthcare City – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Please call +9718001999 for bookings and details. 

Mediclinic Dubai Mall, Financial Center Rd.
Financial Center Rd – Downtown Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Please call +97144495111 for bookings and details.  

Aster Hospital at Mankhool, Al Qusais and Jebel Ali provide COVID testing services including home sample collection. Please call or WhatsApp 04440050 for inquiries and bookings.  

Medeor Hospital 24×7, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Bur Dubai.
Consulates Area, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Available for walk-in appointments, please call the toll-free 80055 for additional details.
Cost: AED 250.

Medicilinic Hospitals at the following locations; Parkview, City Hospital, Welcare, Dubai mall. To find the facility nearest to you, please call 800199. Testing costs AED 250 and AED 199 for students, teachers, and school employees.

In October, Dubai also commenced testing facilities within the premises of Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, and City Centre Deira. The tests are available for interested individuals without any notable COVID-19 respiratory symptoms with prior appointments at a cost of Dh 150.

Note that PCR tests are no longer available at Nakheel Mall, Dubai Mall, Mirdif City Center and Majlis Hamriya Port.

Traveller Covid-19 screening services at Shabab Al-Ahli Club have been transferred the Al-Nasr Club screening centre.

Recently the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has added two more testing centres at Al Luasily and Al Safa health centres. PCR tests are also available at Nad Al Hamar, Al Mankhool, Al Twar and Nad al Sheba Centre for Ladies.

 

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi city

Al Bahia located in the Bahya Parking Ground, off Al Mu’ayid Street.
Al Bahyah – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Al Wathba (Near Al Wathba Camel Heritage Center). Head towards the Heritage Centre from Abu Dhabi – Al Ain Truck Road E30. 
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Zayed Sports City located in Mubadala Arena in Zayed Sports City Complex. 
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Abu Dhabi Corniche, next to Nation Towers.
8005566, 1st St, Al Bateen – Abu Dhabi

Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Al Shamkha, near Shamkha Medical Centre
Al ShamkhahSH- 26 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital
Airport Road – Al RawdahW67 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Call toll-free 800 2000 for more info

Mediclinic Al Noor Hospital
Khalifa Street, next to National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Call toll-free 800 2000 for more info

The Galleria
Hamouda Bin Ali Al Dhaheri St – Jazeerat Al Maryah – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Sunday to Thursday, 9:30 AM to 10:00 PM

Al Ain

Al Hili Near Al Hili Park. 
Al Hili – Al Ain – United Arab Emirates

Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Asharej in Maqam 2. Drive down Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street and follow signs for the drive-through center after the UAE University
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Mediclinic Al Ain Hospital
Khalifa Street, Next to Choitram Supermarket – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Call toll-free 800 2000 for more info

Mediclinic Al Jowhara Hospital
Shakhboot Bin Sultan St – Al Jimi – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Call toll-free 800 2000 for more info

Al Dhafra

Ghayathi, Al Dhafra (Near Al Gayathi Market).
Ghiyathi – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Madinat Zayed (Al Dhafra) near Al Dhafra Mall. 
Zayed City – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
You can book a test by calling Seha on 800 1717 or via the Seha app.

Al Mirfa, Near Al Mirfa Hospital
Al Fikr St – Al Marfa – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Al Sila, Near Sila Hospital
Ghweifat Road, A – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Liwa

Near Liwa Hospital
مَحْضَر مْزِيرْعَةMzeer’ah – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Delma

On Delma Island, near Delma Ferry Terminal
Delma – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Hospitals and medical centres

If you’re a student, teacher or employee of a school, you can take advantage of a special COVID testing rate being offered by the following health facilities in Abu Dhabi. 

Burjeel Hospital (Al Najdah Street – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)
LLH Hospital (Me 7, Al Mussafah – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates) 
Lifecare Hospital in Musaffah (M-24,musaffah,Near Village Mall – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)
LLH Hospital Musaffah (Me 7, Al Mussafah – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)

Priced at AED 199, results will be available in a 24 to 48 hour period. Please call the toll free number 80055 for details.

Additional facilities offering walk-in and appointment-based testing

Burjeel Day Surgery centre on Reem island (The Arc Tower – Jazeerat Al ReemThe Gate District – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)
Burjeel Royal Hospital (Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed – Road – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)
Medeor International Hospital in Al Ain (‘AsharijBida Bin Ammar – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates)

Local health authorities have also designated laser-based rapid screening test outpost located at the last exit on Sheikh Zayed Road before the Ghantoot checkpoint. The test will cost Dh50, but you’ll need to pre-book appointment online.

 

Sharjah

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club 
Drive down E311 from Sharjah. Once you pass the Tasheel centre on your right, you will
 find the Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club on your right. 
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

Medcare Medical Clinic, Sharjah, Jawhara Building, Al Taawun- Sharjah
Al Jawhara Building – Al Taawun St – Al Taawun – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
For walk-in or booking appointments and inquiries, call 8006332273.
Cost: AED 370

Prime Medical Centers, at King Faisal Street, Al Qasimiya and at the Zero 6 Mall.
9:00 AM to 9:00 AM daily.
Cost: AED 250 plus VAT, Students AED 230 plus VAT, with group discounts up for offer.

University Hospital of Sharjah University
University City, University Street – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

Saturday – Thursday. Call 800662 for booking.
Cost: AED 370.

Al Zahra Hospital
Al Zahra St, Near Clock Tower – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

Saturday – Thursday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For booking and inquiries, call 065619999 / 0554856514 / 0554274252
Cost: AED 370.

Burjeel Hospital Sharjah
Al Kuwait St – Halwan SuburbAl Fayha – Sharjah – United Arab Emirates

Walk-in appointment, 24/7, results in 24 hours, price: Dh 250; call toll free number: 80055.
Testing tents have also been set up across Sharjah by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Government hospitals are also conducting tests.

 

Home testing

Should you require home testing, the following options are available to you.

Reem Medical Diagnostics.
Sunday to Thursday, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. You may secure a visitation by call or WhatsApp at 0502130772. Test results will be available within 24 hours.
Cost: AED 199 for the first 199 callers

Medcare Home Services
Home PCR testing, bookable through the website and by calling +971504427613.
Available daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
Cost: AED 520 (results in 48 hours) and AED 900 (results in 24 hours).

 


Ajman

The test centre is located in Al Jurf.
 As you drive down E11, the centre will be on your right,
soon after Ajman City Centre. 

Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

Prime Medical Clinic, at Grand Mall, Ajman
Ajman garan mall – Ajman – United Arab Emirates

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. You may secure your booking by calling: 04 7070999
PCR test cost: AED 250 plus VAT, Students AED 230 plus VAT, Group Discounts available.

Al Bait Metwahid Hall, Ajman
ADNOC Al Muntazi Bus Stop – Ajman – United Arab Emirates

Free Covid-19 testing. With the center’s testing capacity at over 2,000 people per day.

Ajman University
University Street,Al jerf 1 – Ajman – United Arab Emirates

Free laser-based DPI Covid-19 Testing Center. 


Umm al Quwain

Defence Camp in Umm Al
Quwain.

Located next to Al Maqta 1, as you drive down the Umm Al Quwain main road, off E11
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

 

Fujairah

Near Fujairah Hospital. 
NBF Fujairah Run – Fujairah – United Arab Emirates
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

Fujairah Exhibition Center
Fujairah – United Arab Emirates

For opening hours, please call +97192231212.

 

Ras al Khaimah

Dafan Al Khor Centre. Drive 
down Al Qawasim Corniche 
Road, and turn towards the Eid Prayer Ground
Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

RAK Hospital
From Sunday to Saturday, walk-in testing sessions are available 24 hours a day. Individual PCR tests do not require appointments or bookings. Corporate or group testing does require an appointment.   
Contact information 07-2074444.

Al Bayt Mitwahid Hall, Ras Al Khaimah
Sunday to Thursday, from 10 AM to 10 PM. A COVID-19 testing center that uses laser technology to provide results in three minutes.
Book your appointment via the SEHA app.

RAK Medical Center Al Hamra. Al Hamra Mall, Near to Food Court, First Level.
Sunday to Monday, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Call +97172278308 to book your appointment.

 

What Is The Current Situation

The United Arab Emirates’ response to the Coronavirus outbreak has been considered exemplary by experts, mainly due to a number of factors. Chief among them are high testing numbers and the availability of top-class medical facilities.

Till January 2021, the UAE has conducted over 26 million COVID-19 tests, cementing the country’s position at the world’s forefront in total medical tests to population ratio, the first country to have exceeded its own total population. 

Specifically pertaining to COVID-19 testing, it is widely regarded as one of the most effective ways of minimizing the spread of the virus. Numerous testing facilities are spread out across the country, providing UAE residents with effortless and increased access to safeguard their health as well as those around them.    

That being said, it’s important to realize that not everyone is required to take the test, doing so out of fear or panic would be counterproductive as it would overburden the available health facilities and personnel.

The following are guidelines to where, when, and whether or not you should get yourself tested for COVID-19 within the UAE.


How do I know if I should take the test?

According to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), symptoms of the infection are as follows:

– Fever
– Shortness of breath
– Cough
– Headache
– Sore throat

Those who exhibit the above symptoms are considered a priority by the authorities in terms of taking the Coronavirus test.

A test may also be warranted if you’ve been in contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, or have a travel history within the last 14 days.

Additionally, you’re classified as vulnerable should you are over 65 years of age, pregnant, or have other illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and other medical conditions.

If you are traveling out of the Emirates, you can also get yourself tested, thanks to the affordable and accessible pre-travel Covid-19 testing in UAE offered by major airlines and healthcare facilities.

COVID test also mandatory for visitors from a select group of countries on arrival in Dubai, even if you do not exhibit symptoms and you are carrying a negative PCR certificate. Abu Dhabi recently reviewed its entry guidelines and you’d now need to get a COVID test done on the 6th and 12th day after your arrival in the emirate. 

 

How much would I need to pay for the test?

Individuals under the “most vulnerable” category will be tested for free. Individuals considered vulnerable are those who are above 65 years of age, those who are pregnant, or those with ongoing chronic diseases. If you are suspected to have contracted the virus after the pre-assessment screening, the test will be free for you too.

For everyone else, a test will cost AED 370. At SEHA testing centers in Abu Dhabi, RT-PCR test costs have been slashed and set at AED 85 while in Dubai it has been brought down to AED150. Lazer-based DPI tests, an alternative to RT-PCR tests, cost Dh50 and can give results within minutes. 

If you are opting for a PCR test for international travel, you can avail of special rates of Dh 150 with Emirates and Fly Dubai. Those flying out of Abu Dhabi with Etihad Airways from October 1 to December end needn’t pay separately as the ticket costs include the price of the test as well. You can get yourself tested at the collection outlets of Life Medical Diagnostic Center (Life Dx). Free home collection for business and first-class flyers. 

 

Do I need to prepare anything for the test?

While document requirements may vary depending on where you live, the authorities would generally ask for the following:

– Passport copy
– Visa copy
– Original Emirates ID
– Tenancy contract/ latest DEWA bill
–  Recent passport photograph
– Medical insurance card
– Health Card /Family Card (for UAE Nationals)

 

What should I do once I’ve reached the test center?

Bookings for a test appointment at any drive-thru facility in the UAE can be made from the SEHA app or by calling the Estijaba helpline at 8001717. In Dubai, you may also call the Dubai Health Authority hotline 800342 or visit here. Once at the screening center, make sure that you’re wearing your mask and gloves at all times, as per the UAE health protocols.

Upon reaching the drive-through facility, two checkpoints will be visible.

You will be asked to prepare your Emirates ID at the first checkpoint. Keep your windows closed and proceed to the registration station. There, you will be asked to produce your Emirates ID to confirm your appointment. The officials will confirm that all prerequisites are in order and will usher you along to the next checkpoint.

The second checkpoint will recheck your personal details and other information you’ve provided. Medical personnel will then ask you to partially remove your mask so they may take a nasal swab sample. Roll down your window, remain seated, and tilt your head back. Try to remain still during the process, the procedure is quite painless but may get rather uncomfortable.

Once the test has been completed, please head home and remain there until your test results have been confirmed.

In addition to the drive-thru testing facilities, the UAE also has a home testing service known as the National Home Testing Programme for People of Determination for people who are unable to reach the testing centers. For booking appointments for the same, you may call  02-5968689.

 

How long until I get my results?

Typically, the results will be available within two or three days.

If you are tested negative for the infection, a text message or a phone call will be made by the authorities.

However, if you are tested positive, you will be notified by the authorities and they will recommend a self-isolation at home or at designated facilities depending on the severity of your symptoms.

 

What will happen if I test positive?

If your test is positive, please do not panic. The government will provide the required emergency services for you and your family.

The DHA will send healthcare personnel to your place of residence and they will bring your family members in for screening. If said family members do not show any symptoms of the infection, they will be allowed to return home but will be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.

Should your family members display symptoms, then they will be moved to a facility where they can be isolated and administered treatment until they are tested negative for Coronavirus.

The entirety of the process may take up to three weeks.

 

What happens next?

After testing positive for COVID-19, the authorities will conduct contact tracing; meaning contacting and screening all the people who may have been in close contact with you prior to your COVID-19 test. This is to ensure that the outbreak is properly dealt with and contained.

To know about where to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in the UAE, visit here.