Official figures show that 540 people were living with HIV/AIDS in the United Arab Emirates by the end of 2006, and the number of recorded new cases is about 35 annually.[citation needed] The United Arab Emirates's national HIV/AIDS-prevention strategy is in the early development stages, though the National Program for AIDS Control and Prevention has been in place since 1985.[1]

The United Arab Emirates has imposed HIV/AIDS travel restrictions on persons applying for a work or residence visa. An HIV/AIDS test is required for work or residence permits; testing must be performed after arrival.[2]

Migrant workers infected with HIV are denied all health care benefits. They are quarantined, and subsequently deported.[3]


  1. ^ "UAE establishes committee to develop HIV and Aids strategy". April 24, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved Jan 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "United Arab Emirates-Country Specific Information". U.S. Department of State. November 26, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved Jan 9, 2009.
  3. ^ "Country Reports on Human Rights Practices -Section 5 Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons". U.S. DEPARTMENT of STATE. February 28, 2005. Retrieved Jan 9, 2009.