Physio Abroad – Dubai

Offering the ultimate city lifestyle with a high standard of living, year-round sunshine, and safety.

MSK is the main position we have available for physiotherapists in Dubai

Our team will help you with the registration process, inform you about the popular locations/visas, organise interviews, introduce you to others and support you with your move.

Physio Roles

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MSK – Private Practise/Gym-based

Caseload – varied MSK caseload in well established private clinics
Suggested experience level – Ideally 5 years+ experience, minimum 3 years in private practice
Additional helpful experience – Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy, senior MSK experience, dry needling/acupuncture, manual therapy courses/experience, sports

Steps To Working With Healthcare Abroad

Step 01


Read through our website/contact us for an information booklet to see what roles & visas you are eligible for.

Step 02


Let us know what role/visa you are interested in, we will then support you with gaining your registration, including providing free guides. We are experts with the process and are here to help!

Step 03

Submit your CV

Once you have your registration approved, send through your CV via email and book in for a call on our website.

We will get to know you so that we can find you the best fit from your chosen role/location!

Step 04

Interview with our partners

We are partnered with companies in locations all across AUS/NZ/Dubai and we will set up suitable interviews that match what you are looking for – we have lots of fantastic opportunities!

Step 05

Make plans to move

We will provide you with set up guides and introduce you to others that we have placed in the same location. We are always available to help with your questions about the move!


Employment linked visas – apply after registration approved & job secured.

Working Holiday or certain Residency visas/not linked to employment – can apply before job role is secured.

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I had a great experience with Healthcare Abroad.. Securing a job was quick and most importantly no stress with the help of Jon. Not only did they help me secure a role but they were also brilliant in assisting with the next steps. It was always reassuring knowing I had someone to turn to for advice and support.

I used Healthcare abroad to facilitate working as a physio in Auckland and would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing the same to reach out to them. They made the whole process as simple as possible.. Couldn’t have moved here without their help.

Health care abroad have been a pleasure to work with from the very beginning, going above and beyond helping with every aspect of the process. They have made my life a hell of alot easier and I would definitely recommend them to any physio or OT who would like to work abroad!

I got in touch with healthcare abroad to get more information about the processes involved with gaining registration, visas and obtaining employment. Healthcare abroad made the journey of moving to NZ a lot easier which I am very thankful for.

Healthcare Abroad were so helpful throughout the whole process of securing job roles and moving to New Zealand. The team managed to secure us all job roles in different clinical areas within the same city and We were linked with other physios out there.

The guys at healthcare abroad have been absolutely amazing at helping us through the registration process to work as Physio in NZ. Nothing was too much trouble and they have set us up in jobs that we both now love!

Healthcare Abroad have helped me immensely in getting out here and starting a new journey and I’m sure will continue to do so for many others! I couldn’t recommend them more! The only regret I have is not having done it sooner!

I would HIGHLY recommend using Healthcare Abroad when moving to Australia and NZ – so helpful, informative and easy .. what more could you want!!!

Healthcare Abroad first helped me with the registration process, and then helped me find the best job I’ve ever had, here in Christchurch. If you’re considering it, do it! it’s the best decision I’ve ever made, and the fact that Healthcare Abroad helped me do it for free was even better.

I would definitely recommend Healthcare Abroad for making the process of gaining NZ registration, finding and securing jobs and settling in as smooth as possible !rn

Physio FAQs

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  • It is good to be aware that Dubai can be very competitive for physios moving to UEA for this first time as employers receive 100’s of applicants for these roles from all across the world.
    We would recommend Dubai only for experienced & confident physios who have life experience, those with minimum 3 years+ specific private practice are most in demand 
    Junior physios are better looking at NZ or AUS. 
    UK/Irish/SA trained paediatric OT/SLT’s are in much higher demand in Dubai and more junior roles are available. 
  • Your physio license is through Dubai Health Authority/DHA, you will need 2 years physiotherapy experience to apply.
    The application starts with an assessment of your credentials – you will be asked to provide ID/qualification/license & experience letter documents
    Once this is approved, you will be provided with an eligibility letter for 1 year – in which time you need to activate your registration with your employer (your registration is linked to your employer).
    UK/Ireland/SA are exempt from sitting the exam as long as you have current registration in your home country, can provide a Certificate of Good Standing and have not had a break in practice since the last day of employment.

    We will send through more detailed information & support you with this.

  • Visas are for 2 years (renewable) & directly linked to your employer – you will need an offer of employment to be able to apply.
    Part of the application can be completed outside of Dubai, you will then be granted an Entry Permit for 60 days.
    Once you are in Dubai, there are additional tasks that need to be completed including a medical check & Emirates ID before your full work visa is granted.

  • The set up fees for Dubai can be quite expensive as it is common for rent to be paid upfront for 3-4 months at a time as well as a 10% deposit.
    It is also recommended that you buy a car to enjoy Dubai as there is not sufficient public transport (although Careem, similar to Uber, is quite affordable)
    Approx. rental prices for 1-2 bedrooms can vary between AED 80-125k per year
    You cannot take out a lease for an apartment until your Emirates ID has come through which can take 1 month after arriving – you will likely need to book short-term accommodation/AirBnB for the first month.
    You may also want to use a realtor to help you find accommodation which costs around AED 9k.
    The application fees for your registration are split into 3 parts – registration application – AED 200, verification of documents AED 935, Activation of license (once you have secured a role AED 1000)

  • Companies will offer a salary, commission or mixed commission/salary
    The salary range for physios is around AED 15-30k per month which is tax free
    All companies have to include medical insurance
    Commission range can be between 25-50% (junior – 10 years experience)
    A mixed salary/commission example could be AED 10k per month plus 30% commission once you have hit your agreed target
    Some companies will offer additional benefits such as x1 flight to your home country each year or they may be able to help with accommodation costs at the start e.g. 1 month rent or deducting this from your pay (but these additional benefits are not always offered with small MSK clinics).
    You will also be paid Gratuity (end of service benefit) once you finish employment after a period of time.

  • You will need a minimum of 2 years experience to work in Dubai due to the DHA license process.
    We find employers are looking for ideally 5 years experience, minimum 3 years in private practise.

  • Cultural

    Dubai is very multicultural and clients can have different expectations. It is very important that you are open minded, confident and able to deal with the wide variety of people that live in Dubai.


    Dubai is a city that thrives on personal connections and word-of-mouth recommendations. It is expected by some clinics that you will need to build your caseload and establish a strong presence – you will need to actively engage with the community e.g. joining sports, business, social clubs and/or create a social media presence

  • Dubai has a huge expat community, providing lots of opportunities for meet-ups and events to get involved in.

  • Employers are usually keen for you to start after the summer (June, July, August), as lots of expats families travel/go home for the summer so demand for allied health goes down in these months

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