AWHONN Preliminary Schedule of Activities


Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses Delegation to the United Arab Emirates

December 3-9, 2022

Please note- Specific meetings and facility visits will be determined based on the goals and topics of discussion defined by the delegation leader and the UAE organizing committee. Delegation members will be asked to complete a Professional profile and offer suggested topics of discussion.  The final schedule of activities will reflect the composition of the delegation.

Please note: Airfare is not included in the estimated cost of the trip.

Day 1 (Saturday)     Arrival Abu Dhabi

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Welcome to United Arab Emirates. On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport, you will be meet and greeted by your National Guide outside the baggage hall area at the airport and transfer to hotel.

Abu Dhabi is the largest of the seven Emirates and the Federal capital of the United Arab Emirates. A well-planned modern city with several high-rise buildings, impressive palaces, beautiful corniches, and architectural mosques.

Day 2 (Sunday)        Abu Dhabi: Cultural day

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Today tour the historic sites of  Abu Dhabi. Visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque the most imposing religious and national landmark in Abu Dhabi to date. Then a panoramic tour of the Emirates Palace, President’s Palace, the Old Fort, built in the late 19th century, making it the oldest buildings in town. Then explore the Abu Dhabi Heritage Village. At the eastern end of the Corniche, near the port, lies Abu Dhabi’s fish market and dhow wharf, offering an excellent view of the city’s skyline.

In the evening, program opening and orientation.

Day 3 (Monday)       Abu Dhabi: Professional Day

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Dr. Sumaya Mohamed AlBlooshi, the Director of Nursing, UAE Ministry of Health, and Prevention (MOHP), will officially welcome the delegation.

MOHP representatives will:

  1. provide an overview of role of Emirates nurses, international nurses, the structure for plans to advance the field of nursing in the UAE,
  2. discuss the role of nurses in healthcare policy and public health initiatives,
  3. share the plans for implementing the UAE National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery, and the impact on advanced practice nursing focused on Women’s Health.
  4. present the  UAE wide regulations, and standards of  nursing in the United Arab Emirate and the priorities to advance health care for women in the UAE

Later meet with nursing faculty at Fatima College of Health Sciences. Established in 2006, the Fatima College of Health Sciences aims to meet the United Arab Emirates growing need for skilled healthcare professionals. The college started by off­ering the BSc. in Nursing program in 2006 and has, since then expanded to offer more than ten advanced degree programs.

Topics of Discussion:

  1. Nursing education programs, standards, and continuing education, specifically focusing on the standards to respect cultural and religious practices related to Women’s Health.
  2. International education and training models deployed in the UAE schools of Nursing
  3. The  cultural and clinical practice differences between the United States and the United Arab Emirates, including how UAE exchanges medical programs around the globe.

Later spend time with nursing students to understand their perspective on the current role of Emirates nurses and discuss career advancements for UAE nurses. 

Day 4 (Tuesday)      Abu Dhabi: Professional Day

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Meet with the Nursing staff and Administrators at Corniche Hospital, the UAE’s leading tertiary Women & Newborn hospital providing high quality and specialized services to women and newborns. Corniche provides full spectrum care ranging from family-centered, consultant-led low risk obstetrics to complex services for mothers and newborns requiring obstetric and fetal medicine, as well as level 4 neonatal intensive care.

Corniche Hospital is a Baby Friendly Hospital following the “Ten Steps” initiatives of the WHO and UNICEF to promote and protect breastfeeding.

Topics of Discussion:

  1. Respecting and supporting practices for cultural and religious differences.
  2. Discuss best practices for common women’s health clinical issues, including female reproductive system chronic and acute diseases.
  3. Model of care delivery in the labor and delivery, post-partum, and neonatal care units
  4. Role of the parents in care of their infant, such as visitation, kangaroo care, rooming in, etc.

LLater visit a Community Education and  Local Birthing Center to discuss escalation processes, access to facilities and the role of Families during the birth process.  Learn about pre and post-natal care, childbirth education, lactation consultation, and women’s health resources.

Day 5 (Wednesday) Abu Dhabi-Dubai: Cultural Day

Royal Ascot Hotel Dubai

This morning Drive from Abu Dhabi to Dubai, and then tour the city of Dubai. Start with a photo stop at the Dubai Creek, the lifeblood of Dubai. Then we will drive through the Bastakiya, Al Fahidi Fort, Ruler’s Court, Old Mosque, Textile Street, Central Bank, Ministry of Finance, and the Heritage Village.

Later we will head towards Jumeirah Road, passing by the Dry Docks Dubai & the Historical Union House with photo stops at the beautiful and famous Jumeirah Mosque, the world’s tallest 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab.  We will then enter the Palm Jumeirah, an archipelago of artificial islands, which extends into the Persian Gulf.  The Palm View Observatory gives an eagle eye view or the land reclamation project.  From there, travel  to City Side & pass by the Tallest Building in the whole world, Burj Khalifa as you head to the Sheikh Palace area.  Finish with a visit to the Gold souq and spice souq.

Day 6 (Thursday)     Dubai: Professional Day

Royal Ascot Hotel Dubai

Start the day at Latifa Women and Children’s Hospital. Latifa Hospital is one of the largest maternity and children’s healthcare providers in Dubai. Previously known as Al Wasl Hospital, the medical institute has well-equipped pediatric surgery rooms and neonatal intensive care units. The hospital, currently, has 344 beds across obstetrics, pediatric surgery, gynecology, and neonatology departments.

End your professional experiences in the UAE with a wrap up meeting  with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Emirates Nursing Association.  Share observations, unexpected surprises, plans for future collaborations.

Day 7 (Friday)          Dubai – Departure Today transfer to the airport to connect your flight back home