As of 1 July 2016 the following changes in health insurance regulations from Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) became effective.
1. HAAD-compliant plans are only required for those with visas issued in Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Employees or their dependents who have visas from other emirates but living or working in Abu Dhabi do not need HAAD-compliant plans.
2. Abu Dhabi Basic Plan is now only available to those with Emirate of Abu Dhabi-issued visas, irrespective of work or living location.
3. Dubai Health Authority (DHA)-compliant plans will continue to be mandatory for those with Emirate of Dubai-issued visas, irrespective of their work or living location.
4. Holders of visas issued from other Emirates, can have the choice between DHA or HAAD compliant enhanced plans