At Zora Health, you are our top priority. Our panel of experts will guide you through every step of the fertility treatment journey, helping you make informed decisions about your options, expected outcomes, and costs. Our UAE clinic offers families the same options as our other clinics around the world.
Egg freezing, also known as mature oocyte cryopreservation, is a method used to save women’s ability to get pregnant in the future.
In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure used to help with fertility, prevent genetic problems and assist with the conception of a child
Spread out the cost of treatment over 12, 24, and 36 months to avoid large upfront payments and reduce financial burden.
The Middle East United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the rare faces of medical tourism luxury and sophistication in the world. The medical tourism facilities are internationally accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI). Its location is accessible to countries in the east and west, allowing for shorter flights at an average of four to five hours. You can also save up to 30 to 50% on costs versus having treatments in Western countries. Its wide assortment of resorts, theme parks, marinas, and theme parks can also make your stay even more memorable.
Medical tourism is booming in the UAE, a federation that consists of seven emirates including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Aside from its advanced medical technology and sophisticated healthcare facilities, the government has prioritised its healthcare infrastructure. When it comes to medical tourism luxury, the UAE is at par with the similar high-end services of Switzerland and Singapore. The top three medical tourism specialisations of the UAE are assisted conception treatments, surgery using robots, and cancer treatments.
Medical procedures cost less in the UAE compared to Western countries but cost more compared to Asian countries like Thailand and India. Most healthcare facilities have received international accreditation from the JCI. They are also regularly inspected and audited by the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP). The duration of stay using the medical treatment visa in the UAE is 90 days but this can be extended when the need arises. Since only a married man and woman can avail of medically assisted reproduction treatments, hospitals require passport photocopies of both husband and wife and the presence of both during the treatments. Expect to be served Halal food during your hospital stay but you are also given the option to customise your dietary needs.
Staying in Abu Dhabi and Dubai is convenient as accommodations typically offer to shuttle you back and forth from the hospital to your hotel. When recovering from your treatments, you are in luck for you are in a luxurious destination. Abu Dhabi has many islands, beaches, marinas, theme parks, and zoos. The Yas Marina Circuit's Formula 1™ race track is found in Yas Island. Do not miss going to the Emirates Palace Marina if you want to go onboard a superyacht. Culture is best experienced in Saadiyat Island where the Louvre Abu Dhabi is found. Visit Jebel Hafit to experience Abu Dhabi's tallest peak. Dubai has been named by Tripadvisor as the #1 Most Popular Destination in the World for the consecutive years of 2022 and 2023. Jumeirah Mosque is the lone mosque in Dubai that allows non-Muslims to enter. Watch the races at the Al Marmoom Camel Race Track. Fly up a hot air balloon at the Flying with Falcons by Balloon Adventures Dubai.
Most of the people are Muslims so visitors must respect religious practices and local customs. Dress modestly and make sure your skirts reach below your knees. Muslims fast during Ramadan so tourists are expected to refrain from eating in public as a sign of respect. Unmarried couples are not allowed to stay in a hotel room together. It is illegal to take pictures of people, government, and military buildings. This is not a great place to visit if you identify as LGBTQ+. Trans people could face up to a year in prison plus pay a hefty fine. Same-sex relations are illegal in UAE so you must avoid all public displays of affection (PDA). Heterosexual couples must also refrain from engaging in PDA as this could lead to being arrested. Avoid carrying products containing CBD. It is very hot and humid in the UAE because it is located in a desert so pack suitable clothes.
You can ride any of the government-controlled public transportation in the UAE, whether it's a bus, taxi, water taxi, or the metro. Eating, drinking, and chewing gum is prohibited when riding the metro. Men and women with children are divided into compartments and men are not allowed to enter the women's compartments even if they are related by blood. All buses are disability-friendly. When riding in taxis, avoid sitting at the front next to the driver and avoid small talk as this can be misinterpreted.
Over the years, more Emirati women have been educated and have joined the workforce. Many of them are focused on their careers and for this reason, they choose to delay family plans. There used to be a stigma of having children later in life but this is decreasing. Attitudes towards social egg freezing for future use and fertility treatments have changed drastically in line with the availability of choices for contraception. The post-pandemic has sparked the rise in oocyte freezing, especially with remote work setups that have made it more convenient for women to book appointments and have their procedures.
The official language is Arabic but English is also commonly spoken. The next three top languages are Urdu, Malayalam, and Hindi.
UAE is known for its outstanding reproductive technologies. The most notable egg-freezing technology in UAE is the use of rapid freeze or flash freeze vitrification that prevents ice crystals from forming inside the frozen oocytes. They also use a unique highly concentrated freeze-protective liquid. Some clinics specialise in experimental techniques such as using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and stem cells to preserve egg quality.
Another distinct feature of egg freezing for future use in the UAE is the option for women to have their eggs retrieved in non-conventional ways such as having abdominal or rectal instead of vaginal procedures. This option is usually taken by virgins who are concerned that vaginal egg retrieval may damage their hymen.
As of this writing, there are no known public IVF centres in the UAE. For couples with fertility problems who are in need, pre-implantation genetics testing and IVF treatment would be given for free by the joint charitable initiative of the Emirates Red Crescent Authority and Mubadala Health.
Among the top private infertility treatment centres headed by fertility experts are Fertility Centre Dubai with a multi-lingual speaking staff, Fakih IVF Fertility Centre which has the highest success rates in the region, and the Orchid Fertility Clinic, Dubai.
The average cost of IVF is AED 20,000 – 35,000 (USD 7000 to 9000). Medications cost between AED 12,500 – 18,000 (USD 3,400 – 4900).
Egg freezing costs AED 23,875 – 33,060 (USD 6,500 – 9,000) plus AED 1,840 – 3,675 (USD 500 – 1,000) per year for storage. Most insurance plans do not cover egg freezing.
The following treatments for medically assisted reproduction are legal in UAE and available for Emirati and foreign couples: intrauterine insemination using the husband's sperm (IUI); gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT); zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT); in vitro fertilisation (IVF); and IVF-intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF-ICSI) with the use of the wife's eggs and the husband's sperm.
The following are illegal in the UAE:
With a growing positive attitude towards social egg-freezing, notable rapid or flash freeze vitrification technology, the usage of a special freeze-protective liquid, experimental techniques such as using PRP and stem cells, and the availability of non-conventional procedures such as abdominal and rectal egg retrieval, the United Arab Emirates is a cut among the rest in the global scale of reproductive medicine and fertility services.
Don't forget to take time to recover after your IVF procedure by sailing on a superyacht, watching a Formula 1™ race, or taking a hot air balloon ride.
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We understand how important it is to find a doctor you are comfortable with. Our team will make appropriate specialist and clinic recommendations accordingly. We will also provide you with a list of questions to ask so that you are fully prepared and maximise your consultation.
Your specialist will review your goals, medical history and perform necessary tests. We will schedule a review and discuss your proposed fertility plan.
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