United Arab Emirates is ranked high among the Arab countries, second only to Qatar (Isreal is number 1 in MENA). Yet, not all factors are equally positive: Overweight is a major problem and life expectancy is ca. 5 years less than Israel and ca. 3 years les than Jordan.
UAE has developed a health care system of high international standard. In 1990, there were 1.0 doctor per 1,000 inhabitants, increasing to 1.7 in 1997, but then not increasing until 2002.
The number of hospital beds has not increased since late 1970's. In 1979, there were 1.9 hospital beds to 1,000 inhabiants, which is also the relative size of hospital infrastructure in 2007.
But as many as 25 hospitals are internationally accredited, placing UAE on a solid second place among MENA countries.
Health conditions and diseases
Lifestyles in UAE have some negative tendencies, and overweight is a major problem. Life expectancy is slowly improving, but seem not to be closing the gap up to other gulf states.
From 1970 to 2002, infant mortality rate went from 87 per 1000 to 9.
Figures of 2006 from WHO show that 100% have good access to clean water, 97% access to good sanitation.