This article is reviewed regularly (on a monthly basis) by Wego’s editorial team to ensure that the content is up to date & accurateArticle updated 1 April 2021.

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.

Dubai

Drive-through test centers

Al Futtaim HealthHub

  • No appointment is necessary. AED 135 for COVID-19 PCR Test at all HealthHub drive-through facilities. Turnaround time for results is about 24 hours.
  • You’ll be able to get your results in 8-12 hours with the Fast Track COVID-19 PCR test for AED 150, available at the Dubai Festival City and Festival Plaza Mall drive-through centers every day from 7 AM – 12 AM and 8 AM – 8 PM, respectively. 
  • For additional info, please call 800-2344.

Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Festival City Clinic. Fill the pre-registration form here.
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Festival Plaza Mall Clinic. Fill the pre-registration form here.
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Al Qusais Clinic
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Discovery Gardens Clinic
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – International City Clinic
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Silicon Oasis Clinic
Drive Through Station, HealthHub – Al Warqa Clinic

 

Dubai Health Authority Centers

By appointment only, please call 800 342 for additional info before visiting any of the centers below. Please note that the test is free for those who are above 60 years old, pregnant women, have an ongoing chronic disease or have Covid-19 symptoms. To learn of the pricing for other categories, please call 800 1717.

Al Nasr Club
Every day from 8 AM to 12.40 PM
Oud Metha Road

Al Shabab Al-Ahli Club
Every day from 8 AM to 12.40 PM
Near Al Mulla Plaza – Al Nahda St

Al Rashidiya Majlis
Every day from 11 AM to 6 PM
Al Rashidiya

Al Hamriya Port Majlis
Every day from 11 AM to 6 PM
Al Khaleej Rd – Deira

Jumeirah 1 Port Majlis
Every day from 11 AM to 6 PM
Jumeirah 1

Nad al Sheba Centre for Ladies
Every day from 11 AM to 6 PM
Nad al Sheba

Mall of Emirates
Every day from 10 AM to 12 AM
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha

City Centre Deira
Every day from 10 AM to 12 AM
Port Saeed

The DHA screening services are also available at the following primary healthcare centres:

  • Nad Al Hamar
  • Al Mankhool
  • Al Twar
  • Al Lusily
  • Al Safa

DHA is currently trialing a one-minute rapid COVID-19 breath test at Nadd Al Hamar primary healthcare centre, in collaboration with Breathonix, a company associated with the National University of Singapore (NUS), and the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). If successful, the test will soon be available to the public.

 

SEHA drive-through centers

To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. Available everyday, 10 AM to 8 PM.

  • Port Rashid located at the main gate of Port Rashid (also called Mina Rashid).
  • Al Khawaneej located at ‘Last Exit’. Drive down D54 and follow signs for the Last Exit.
  • City Walk located at Al Wasl.
  • Emirates Field Hospital at Dubai Parks.

 

Hospitals

The following hospital drive-through test centers offer PCR test services. Please note that these hospitals also offer appointment/walk-in PCR tests. 

Mediclinic Parkview Hospital
Available 24/7
3 Umm Suqeim St – Al BarshaAl Barsha South – Dubai.
Pre-registration is required

Mediclinic Welcare Hospital
Available 24/7
2nd St – Garhoud – Dubai.
Pre-registration is required

Mediclinic City Hospital
Available 24/7
26th St – Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai.
Pre-registration is required

Saudi German Hospital Dubai
Saturday to Thursday 9 PM to midnight. Friday from 2 PM to 10 PM
Hessa Street 331 West, Al Barsha Dubai.
Pre-registration is required

King’s College Dubai Hills Hospital
Every day from 7 AM to 11 PM
Al Marabea’ St – Dubai Hills – Dubai.
No appointment is necessary

 

Clinics and hospitals

Medcare clinics testing centers

Medcare clinics are open from 9 AM to 9 PM and accommodate appointment/walk-in test sessions. The COVID PCR test costs AED 370. To find the clinic nearest to your location, you may call 8006332273 for details and appointments. The 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.

 

Other clinics

Marina Medical Center, Botanica Tower, Dubai Marina
You may seek testing as an outpatient during operating hours (10 AM to 9 PM)

King’s College Hospital London – Jumeirah Medical Centre
You may seek testing as an outpatient during operating hours (8 AM to 8 PM)

 

Hospitals

Hospitals throughout Dubai provide COVID testing services for the general public. Please note that prices, availability and appointment requirements vary and may change at any time. Most but not all hospitals provide PCR, Antigen and RT-PCR testing. Contact your hospital of choice prior to your visit.  

Medcare hospitals

Medcare hospitals are available at the following:

  • Medcare Hospital, near Al Safa Park – Al Hadiqa Rd.
    Call +9718006332273 for bookings and details.
  • Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, 2nd St – Garhoud.
    Please call +97142827788 for bookings and details.
  • Mediclinic City Hospital, Building 37 – 26th St.
    Please call +9718001999 for bookings and details. 
  • Mediclinic Dubai Mall, Financial Center Rd.
    Please call +97144495111 for bookings and details.  

To find the facility nearest to your location, please call 800199. Testing costs AED 250 and AED 199 for students, teachers, and school employees.

Other hospitals

American Hospital Dubai, 19th St – Oud Metha – Dubai.
+971 800 24392, open 24 hours. 

Medeor Hospital 24×7, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Road, Bur Dubai.
Available for walk-in appointments, please call the toll-free 80055 for additional details.
Cost: AED 250.

King’s College Dubai Marina Hospital
Every day from 7 AM to 11 PM
Al Marabea’ St – Dubai Hills – Dubai.
No appointment is necessary

Abu Dhabi

Drive-through and screening centers

PCR tests are offered in the following drive-through centers.

Abu Dhabi

Al Bahia located in the Bahya Parking Ground, off Al Mu’ayid Street.
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 Madina near Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre.
Zayed The First St – Zone 1 – Abu Dhabi
Saturday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 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.

Al Masoudi near Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club
Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 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 a 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 an appointment online.

Sharjah

Screening center

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. Cost: AED 370.
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

 

Clinics and hospitals

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

Pure Health Clinic, Sharjah Expo Centre, P.O.Box 3222,Sharjah.
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  (Closed Friday and Saturday)
For walk-in or booking appointments and inquiries, call +97165770000
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 Suburb Al 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
Available in Dubai and Sharjah
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).

Pure Health Clinic, Sharjah Expo Centre, P.O.Box 3222, Sharjah
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily.
Booked via email ([email protected]), or through WhatsApp on +971565110001
Cost: AED 370

VFS Global Services
Home PCR testing, bookable through the website and by calling +97165505752
Available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed Friday and Saturday)
Cost: AED 520 (results in 48 hours) and AED 900 (results in 24 hours).

 

Ajman

Clinics and screening center

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

SEHA Screening centre at Sheikh Khalifa Hall
Close to Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital, off E11
Open everyday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
To book an appointment call 800 1717. You can also download the Seha app, which is available for Apple and Android devices.

Free PCR tests are available at all the medical centres of Primary Healthcare Department of the Umm Al-Quwain.

Fujairah

Screening centers

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.

 

Hospitals

Dibba Hospital, Dibba Al Fujairah
Please contact +971 9 206 1500 for prices and other details. 
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday 9 AM to 5 PM

 

Ras al Khaimah

Screening centers

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 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.

 

Hospital

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.

 

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.

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, RT-PCR test costs have been slashed and set at AED 65 while at other centres 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.

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.