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DOH stands for DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, which was previously known as HAAD (Health Authority of Abu Dhabi).

This the licence required of health care professionals in order to work anywhere in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain city. 


Eligibility for HAAD Dental  Exam?

It is mandatory to have 2 years of experience after Internship. This period will be calculated from the day you received the BDS Certificate or the License registration, whichever comes last.


How to Apply for HAAD Dental Exam

A. Apply for "Primary Source verification" and submit the required documents through the available channels 
B. Receive notification of the application status through electronic email being sent to the applicant's email 
C. Update the application and documents (if required) and submit for "Credentialing Processes" 
D. Receive notification of approval or rejection and further steps 
E. Fulfill further steps depends of the Credentialing decision (take the assessment if needed + send applicant documents to CID step) 
F. Upload Malpractice Insurance 
G. Pay the applicable fees 
H. Receive email notification 
I. Receive electronic licence through website 


 Processing Fees

  • TOTAL – AED 3000



  • Credentialing (application review): 2-4 weeks 

  • Primary Source/Dataflow Verification (PSV): 2 months

  • Prometric Assessment (CBT): based on prometric assessment schedule 

  • Exam Results : within 5 working days


 Documents Required

General Requirements: 

1) Attested Certificate / Academic Qualification / Record by issuing entity (BDS/DMD/DDS) 
2) Emirates ID (if any) 
3) Experience certificates (at least 2 years necessary) 
4) Family Book 
5) Form No. 1 
6) Form No. 2 (e-tarsol barcode) 
7) Good Conduct Certificate 
8) Health Licence 
9) Malpractice Insurance for Healthcare Professionals 
10) Notice of Appointment, if any. 
11) Official Logbook for the Past 2 Years for Surgeons & Implantologists only 
12) Photo in white background 
13) Privileges for the Last 2 Years from Physicians Eligible for HAAD Exam Exemption 
14) Transcript or Residency Programme 
15) Valid Passport copy 
16) Internship Certificate 


HAAD Dental  Exam Pattern

  • Only Theory exam, which is CBT- Computer Based Test. The exam is conducted digitally at centres present in various countries. Find out your nearest center, there is atleast one center in every state of India.

  • The theory exam consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions with a timer of 2 and half hours.

  • HAAD exam is said to be the toughest exam and therefore requires extra preparation than that of DHA or MOH. 


HAAD Dental  Exam Syllabus

Multiple Choice Questions  100 QNS


​ENDODONTICS                                                    - 15 %

OPERATIVE                                                           - 15 %

PROSTHODONTICS                                            - 15 %

PEDODONTICS                                                      - 15 %

PERIODONTICS                                                    - 10 %

SURGERY                                                                - 10 %

ORAL MEDICINE & RADILOGY                       - 7 %

ORTHODONTICS                                                  - 4 %

BASICS                                                                    - 5 %

MISCELLANEOUS                                              - 4 %


How to study

  • It is too hectic to go back to college days and read all the textbooks mentioned above to clear the exam. YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE BOOKS MENTIONED ABOVE. That is why we are here to help. 

  • Gulf Exams are primarily focused on clinical knowledge including accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. This means it asks questions mainly from clinical subjects only.

  • But we would not recommend preparing by yourself unless you know how to prepare. We guide you by specifically teaching only the topics that is important for the exams, thus narrowing the vast study material, which in turn guarantees the pass percentage with lesser hard work.

  • If you are looking to clear the exam in the 1st attempt itself, you will need to prepare thoroughly for 3-4 months at least.

This is how you need to prepare:


  •  Step 1 - Brush through all the important topics subject-wise that we teach 

  • Step 2 - Solve subject-wise MCQs under the related topics 

  • Step 3 - Read more on it, if in need of better clarification 

  • Step 4 - Solve Recent MCQs 

  • Step 5 - Do Mock Exams to see if you are ready 

To start preparation: Online Coaching for HAAD Dental Exam

To try out a mock exam click here


Pass Percentage for HAAD

  • Even though MOH Dental  Exam does not show the results, the pass percentage is said to be 60%

  • The Results are displayed as : PASS or FAIL



Result & its validity

  • The results will be provided within 5 working days, along with something called an Eligibility Letter. 

  • This Exam result is valid for 5 years. 

  • Whereas the Eligibility letter issued representing the result is valid for 1 year only. If you have not landed a job in this 1 year, you need not appear for the exam again, instead you can renew the eligibility letter by submitting most recent working experience in your home country or elsewhere.


What if I fail the 1st attempt?

  • You will have to re do the credential and rebook for the 2nd attempt. A total of 3 attempts are only allowed.

Landing a job

The Eligibility letter is the document with which you can search for a job.  
The 1st employer will then convert this letter into a License to hire you.  
Other documents they may ask of you are: 

     1) Basic Life Support Certificate 
    2) Hepatitis B vaccination Report 
    3) Covid-19 Vaccination Report

    4) Attestation of your BDS certificate by MEA, HRD & UAE Embassy 


Conversion of Eligibility Letter into Licence

For the conversion of the eligibility letter into a license will require the following documents

  • ​Dataflow report

  • Recent good standing certificate

  • Fees to issue the License: AED 3020 (Depending on your employer, this expense may/can be taken entirely or partly by your employer)

  • Delivery fees AED 20 payable cash upon delivery.

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