Healthcare Jobs Abroad (United Arab Emirates)

Healthcare Jobs Abroad (United Arab Emirates)

Teaching, non-profit and volunteer work are all popular reasons to leave home and work in a foreign country, but what about traveling for high-paying healthcare jobs abroad? If you are an experienced nurse, healthcare assistant or doctor, would you consider working abroad?
A job posting landed in my inbox for an interesting opportunity in the United Arab Emirates – one of the richest (per capita GDP is ranked 14th) and most exciting countries in the world, with a large expatriate population – a call for doctor, healthcare and nursing jobs abroad. Through a UK-based placement organization, healthcare professionals with more than four years of experience are placed in hospitals and hotels that cater to English-speaking expats, business travelers and tourists.

Nursing and doctors jobs abroad (outside of the non-profit sector) are not exactly at the foremost of popularity, presumably because nurses and doctors (and other healthcare) workers are in such high demand here in the United States and Canada, and can therefore take in high rates of pay. Nursing jobs regularly have some of the highest per hour rates, not to mention weekend hours and overtime. The jobs listed in the UAE are just about on par with United States rates, but are offered tax-free for foreign citizens living in the UAE. Given the economic concerns in many Western countries, it seems reasonable that healthcare workers might be looking to find more lucrative (and stable) work in the Middle East.

Of course, the benefits of living and working in the United Arab Emirates are plentiful, and extend far beyond pay rates. With emirates (there are seven that make up the UAE) like Abu Dhabi and Dubai providing a dazzling urban landscape, the high-salaries and oil wealth in the Persian Gulf country make culture and nightlife a priority. While western influence is apparent – unlike many countries in the area, Western dress is accepted, along with more traditional clothing worn by Emiratis – the country is rich with Arab culture, in food, art, and music. It’s important to remember that the UAE lifestyle comes at a price – Abu Dhabi and Dubai are some of the most expensive places to live in the Middle East.

The job description (which is among many similar postings, and could be found by searching for healthcare jobs UAE – I won’t link to the exact post here, because I don’t know enough about it to provide an endorsement) was specifically targeting English-speakers – American, British, Canadian, Kiwi, South Africa, and Australian. The jobs entail fairly straight-forward medical responsibilities. Specialty nurse (like endoscopy nurses) are in particularly demand, and are paid accordingly.

If you are an experienced nurse, healthcare assistant or doctor, would you consider working abroad?



I am pleased to announce to our hospital clients that Dr. Rebecca Cherry Krepper has joined SA International Outsourcing and Recruitment Consultants, in the capacity of Nursing Consultant.


Dr. Krepper’s main role is to source qualified nursing staff to SA International. Dr. Krepper has held a PhD in nursing since 1990 from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Krepper has been working as a professor or associate professor of nursing since 1990.

In addition to her work history, Dr. Krepper has worked in a clinical nursing role for about 15 years, 5 of them being with Saudi Aramco Medical Services in Saudi Arabia.

SA International Team welcomes Dr. Krepper and wishes her the best of luck in her new role!

Hot Nursing Jobs at Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar through SA International, Houston, TX, USA

Hot Nursing Jobs at Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar through SA International, Houston, TX, USA

Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar has the following nursing vacancies available. If you are interested to apply, you may forward your resume to the following email address:

  • 1709
    Nurse Manager – Allied Health Nursing
    Nurses will be assigned throughout the various allied health service areas at Sidra, including in the Interventional Cardiology Lab, Non-Invasive Cardiology Lab, Infant/Toddler Pulmonary Function Lab, and Neurodiagnostic Lab. This Manager will have line responsibility for the nursing staff working within these areas
  • 1730
    Manager – Case Management (Pediatrics)
    Manager of approx 30 Case Managers, who will provide case management and care coordination services for Pediatrics. They screening admitted patients and provide services to all appropriate inpatients and outpatients who receive care at Sidra. Case load allocation is through unit based assignment, population based, or service line assignment and will provide support to the clinical teams by ensuring the goals and services identified and needed by patients as they move through the care continuum are met.
  • 1612
    Nurse Manager – Special Procedures Unit (Pediatric)
    The Pediatric Special Procedures unit will have a total of 7 procedure rooms to accommodate the specialties of Gastroenterology, Hepatobiliary, and Pulmonology. The Unit will provide routine screening, diagnostic, therapeutic and minor surgical procedures for pediatric patients, both inpatient and outpatient. The Unit will treat patients with upper and lower gastrointestinal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, and pulmonary disorders using a variety of specialized endoscopic and radiographic examinations. Other conditions that require minor procedural interventions are also carried out in the Special Procedures Unit.
  • 1666
    Clinical Nurse Leader – Special Procedures Unit (Pediatric)
    As above
  • 1596
    Nurse Manager PACU (Women and Children)
    This position will manage 3 Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU) totalling 40 beds:
    1 x 28 bed Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) for pediatric and gynecological patients, and
    2 x 6 bed Obstetric PACUs

    Neonates may be recovered in PACU or be transferred to NICU directly from the OR.

    The Obstetrical Anesthesia Care Units will provide continuous intensive care for women and infants during Phase I recovery following surgical or invasive procedures that take place within the C-section and Neonatal/Fetal Surgery Operating Rooms.

  • 1668
    Clinical Nurse Leader – Pediatric Specialty Clinics II
    Sidra’s Pediatric Specialty Clinics II will encompass 32 patient spaces based on 15 subspeciality programs:
    Adolescent medicine, Child development/ Child Life, including pediatric pain service, Child psychiatry (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), Dermatology, Gastroenterology, General pediatrics, General pediatric surgery, Hematology and Oncology, Oncology infusion center, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery, Neurology
    Ophthalmology, Urology and Urodynamics
  • 1339
    Nurse Manager – Operating Rooms
    20 OR environments including: 6 Obstetric, 12 general Pediatric (incl 2 for cardiac surgery), 1 Interventional OR in the MRI Suite. The 3 room MRI Interventional Suite will include a Hybrid Cardiovascular AR/Operating Room, diagnostic /interventional MRI, and an Intraoperative MRI Operating Room. All ORs will be digitally integrated to accommodate surgical procedures eligible for open, endoscopic, and minimally invasive approaches. The dual use MRI is centrally located between the two interventional operating rooms and will be used for diagnostic imaging and image guided procedures.
    PEDIATRIC Surgical specialties: Cardiac, Dental/Oral, Fetal, General/MIS, Gyne, Hybrid, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Organ Transplant, Ortho, Plastic/Craniofacial/Burns, Spinal (Ortho & Neuro), Thoracic, Trauma, Urology, Vascular.
    ADULT WOMEN’S Surgical specialties: Gyne (urgent/emergent), Obstetrics (urgent/emergent), Cesarean Sections (scheduled/urgent/emergent).
  • 1608
    Clinical Nurse Leader – Operating Room, Pediatric Neurology
    As above – but this role is to team lead the Pediatric Neurosurgery ORs only
  • 1601
    Nurse Manager – General Surgical Pediatrics
    Sidra’s General Surgical Pediatrics will be a 22 bed ward providing care for males and females from birth up to the age of 18 years who require general or urological surgery.
  • 1732
    Nurse Manager – General Medical Pediatrics
    Sidra’s 22 bed General Medical Pediatric Unit. Conditions and diagnoses treated will include therapeutic services to children and adolescents with all forms of esophageal, gastrointestinal, liver, pancreatic and nutritional disorders, and general medical conditions requiring supportive treatments and diagnostic procedures. It will also include adolescents who are overweight or possess unhealthy risk behaviors through a healthy lifestyle program.
  • 1728
    Nurse Manager – Specialty Surgical Pediatrics
    Specialty Surgical Pediatrics will be a 22 bed inpatient unit. Conditions and diagnoses treated will include ENT, Orthopedics, Craniofacial, and specialized Opthalmology and Dental.
  • 1734
    Nurse Manager – Specialty Medical Pediatrics
    Sidra’s Specialty Medical Pediatric unit will be a 22 bed ward providing care in the following areas: hematology, immunology, rheumatology, endocrinology, metabolic medicine, dermatology, infectious diseases, genetic disorders.
  • 1583
    Nurse Manager – Obstetric and Gynecology Clinic
    Sidra’s Obstetric Gynecology clinic will run 8 clinics over normal working hours, 5 days per week. With a total of 41 patient spaces the clinic will provide consultation, diagnostic and follow up services for female patients with gynecological disorders and pre and post-partum care.
    Services will include a center for Perinatal Medicine offering outpatient aspects of expectant delivery and post natal care management, prenatal/genetic counseling, high risk screening program, fetal surgery, maternal fetal medicine and perinatal epidemiology. Gynecological services will include low complexity gynecological disorders and gynecologic urogynecology.
  • 1598
    Nurse Manager – Obstetric Diagnostic Clinic
    Sidra’s Obstetric Diagnostic Clinic will provide consultation and diagnostic services for high and low risk antenatal maternal fetal testing. There will be 14 patient spaces for Ultrasound, and 5 for non stress testing.
  • 1645
    Nurse Manager – Pediatric Clinic for Orthopedics, Craniomaxillary, and Facial Plastics
    The Pediatric Orthopedic Craniomaxillary and Facial Plastics clinic will offer consultation, diagnostic testing and treatment for children and adolescents presenting problems related to the musculoskeletal system including inflammatory, developmental, neoplastic and metabolic problems as well as musculoskeletal issues secondary to a traumatic event, and variety of craniomaxillary problems resulting from birth deformities, injury or trauma and patients with burn injuries.
    NB: The exact mix of clinical specialties in our pediatric clinics may change slightly as we move towards opening.
  • 1733
    Nurse Manager – Antepartum Unit
    Sidra’s 24 bed Antepartum unit will provide care for pregnant women greater than 20 completed weeks gestation with chronic illnesses; complications of pregnancy; and/or fetal conditions; prenatal tests or research procedures requiring hospitalization or observation; Reproductive endocrinology tests and procedures requiring hospitalization.
  • 1648
    Nurse Manager – Newborn Nursery
    Sidra will have 4 Newborn Nurseries each of 16 cots (total 64), with one Manager. The nurseries will provide care to stable, newly delivered infants following either spontaneous vaginal delivery or operative cesarean delivery, until discharge. Sidra envisions utilizing a ‘Rooming-in’ model however infants can be admitted to the Newborn Nursery based on their individualized diagnosis and status. Admission may be from Birthing Center I or II, OB Triage, the Ante partum Unit, or the Emergency Department.
EID MUBARAK from SA International!

EID MUBARAK from SA International!

Wishing you all EID MUBARAK!

Eid al-Fitr, or Feast of Breaking the Fast, is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The religious Eid is a single day during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.

Eid al-Fitr is celebrated ceremoniously with great enthusiasm in Saudi Arabia. Like other festivals observed by the Muslim community, this festival symbolizes faith. The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr not only has religious essence but also carries a social connotation. Saudis decorate their homes and prepare extravagant meals for family and friends and in the major cities in Saudi Arabia, every night there are huge fireworks shows.

Eid festivities in Saudi Arabia may vary culturally depending on the region, but one common thread in all celebrations is of generosity and hospitality and serves as a good occassion to bring people together in harmony and gratitude. First, it is common Saudi tradition for families to gather at the patriarchal home after the Eid prayers. Before the special Eid meal is served, young children will line up in front of adult family members who dispense riyals (Saudi currency) to the children. Family members will also typically reserve a time to pass out gift bags to the children. These bags are often beautifully decorated and contain candies and toys.

It is also traditional in some areas for Saudi men to go and buy large quantities of rice and other staples and leave them anonymously at the doors of those who are less fortunate. Also, in some areas in the middle of Saudi Arabia, it’s a common tradition that during Eid morning and after the Eid prayer, people will put large rugs on one of streets of their neighborhood and each household will prepare a large meal where these meals will be shared by all neighbors.

Living In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Living In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Living In Riyadh

Riyadh is a beautiful place to live with several things to see and do. It is the capital and largest town in Saudi Arabia, with a population of 6 million, that offers several famous and historic tourist attractions, quality Middle Eastern food and great financial benefits.

First of all, when you accept a position in Riyadh you are eligible for a tax-free salary, paid housing and transportation, paid education for your children, free tickets back home and up to 54 paid vacation days. The cost of living in Riyadh is also highly affordable. Gasoline here actually costs less than water, and the food, entertainment and the many shopping venues are all reasonably priced, as well.

Saudi Arabia also has several famous and historic tourist destinations, and being able to take advantage of the rich cultural history that the Kingdom has to offer is one of the benefits of living here. There’s Mecca and Medina, the country’s two holy cities, Dir’iya and Mada’in Saleh, an ancient city of buildings carved into cliffs. Saudi Arabia also offers spectacular scenery when you venture out into the deserts beyond Riyadh, the mountains of Abha or the beaches along the coast of the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.

Finally, there’s no place like the Middle East for quality Middle Eastern food. The national dish of Saudi Arabia is Kabsa, a dish of rice with meat or chicken served on a huge platter. Traditionally it is served on the floor with everyone sitting around the platter, taking rice and meat with their hands. The experience is offered not only in homes here, but also in traditional restaurants. It’s an experience that you probably won’t find anywhere else, and one you’ll surely miss when you leave.

If you are interested you may apply online at or email us your resume to the following email address: