Immunizations and Vaccinations

No specific immunizations are necessary for people entering the country. However, the World Health Organizations does recommend that people who are living in Dubai should have Hepatitis A and typhoid vaccinations. TB vaccinations are also recommended. It is wise to make sure that vaccinations for tetanus, polio, diphtheria and hepatitis B are up-to-date.

Health Risks

Food

There are no specific risks but it is advisable to wash fresh fruit and vegetables before consumption.

Water

Despite the metallic taste of the tap-water, it is safe to drink. Many people prefer to drink bottled water and this can be delivered on a weekly basis. In the summer, there is a risk of dehydration because of the intense heat. Make sure you are drinking enough water.

Sun

It is important to remember just how much damage the sun can inflect on the human body through burns, sunstroke and dehydration. In the summer, wear a broad brimmed hat, apply sun-block regularly and use 100% UV filtering glasses. You should also be careful of metal surfaces that have been exposed to the heat of the sun.

Stings and insect bites

Although there are no deadly spiders or reptiles, bad allergic reactions can sometimes occur with scorpion stings, spider bites, ant bites, snake bites and jelly-fish stings. Bites from stray dogs should should always be examined by a health care professional.

Common illnesses

Bacterial infections such as tonsillitis, ear infections and mild gastroenteritis are relatively common in Dubai.

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