Dear Dubai Forum,
Its looking like I'll be posted to Dubai shortly and for 2-3 years. I've spent time there before and loved the place, even though that was a few years ago and I know its grown probably 2+ times since then.
Anyway... my wife is nearly 3 months pregnant and we have the option of private health care in Dubai, vs her staying in the UK and giving birth in local hospital.
Clearly it would be great if we could stay together as a family throughout the pregancy and birth (which would be the case if the baby was born in Dubai), but there are some questions that I have... can anyone help answer?
a) Would my wife need to have the medical (blood test and chest x-ray) in order to get residency visa when she was pregnant - or can the residency medical (the x-ray in particular) be deferred till after the birth.
b) Have any other mums-to-be in Dubai had typhoid and HepA jabs whilst pregnant - or did you wait till after birth and after breastfeeding before having these injections.
c) Is the traffic soooo bad these days that expat families that are expecting usually find apartments very close to American Hospital or Welcare to cut down on travel time when labor starts. Or is it just not that bad... and you can quite happily get villa/aptmnt in Jumeirah, Umm Seq, or say Arabian Ranches, and even if you need to get to hospital in rush hour it won't take more than 30-45 mins (wishful thinking, but I'll see what the forum response is).
d) and finally. From websites and Dubai Explorer I get the impression that the medical care for mother and baby, either privately or at Al Wasl is top notch, even if the baby requires ICU.... Please do let me know if this is not quite the case.
I think having the baby in Dubai will be the best option all round; keeps the family together and avoids a newborn having to fly for 7hrs. But anyone able to comment on the above would be much appreciated.
PS My wife is asking where the most popular expat residential areas are for mums with babies. My work will be based at the airport, and so we wouldn't want to live more than 45mins-1hr commute away from there (avoiding peak rush hour times). Thanks again.