Health insurance is mandatory for visitors to enter UAE, said a senior official from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
The rule for mandatory health insurance was implemented almost five years ago by the UAE government. Everyone applying for a visit or tourist visa needs to have health insurance, regardless of the nationality, age or gender. Only nationalities who can avail of visas on arrival are exempt.
Read about it at Gulf News Site By Bassma Al Jandaly Senior ReporterPublished: 21:00 February 16, 2013 Gulf News.
We don’t know if this is strictly being implemented, but if you have friend or relatives coming over you should check with one of the travel operators that offer Visa services.