Dubai mandatory health cover: Time runs out for large firms

By October 31, 2014, all employers with more than 1,000 employees on their sponsorship must have health insurance in place for their workers.

This means that by the end of this week, approximately 700,000 employees should be provided with health insurance meeting at least the minimum requirements.?This phase of implementation applies to approximately 700,000 employees in Dubai.

By mid-2016, everyone in Dubai will have mandatory access to health insurance,? said Essa Al Maidoor, Director-General, Dubai Health Authority DHA.The mandatory health insurance law, which came into effect in February this year, is to ensure that every national, resident and visitor in Dubai has essential health insurance coverage and access to essential health services.