ENA Preliminary Schedule of Activities

Preliminary Schedule of Activities

Emergency Nurses Association Delegation to

The United Arab Emirates November 5-11, 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.

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:

  • provide an overview of role of Emirates nurses, international nurses, the structure for emergency nursing in the UAE,
  • discuss the role of emergency nursing in healthcare policy and public health initiatives,
  • share the plans for implementing the UAE National Strategy for Nursing and Midwifery, and the impact on emergency nursing.

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:

  • Emergency Nursing education programs, standards, and continuing education
  • International education and training models deployed in the UAE schools of Nursing

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

Day 4 (Tuesday)          Abu Dhabi: Professional Day

Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Visit, Sheikh Khalifa General Hospital, the center of the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.  Sheikh Khalifa Medical City consists of a 586-bed acute care hospital, 14 outpatient specialty clinics and a blood bank. Tour the Emergency Department and meet with the Emergency department nurses, staff, and administrators.

Topics of Discussion:

  • UAE access to emergency care: urgent care centers, trauma centers
  • Understanding the morbidity and mortality metrics as a measurement of quality of care in the UAE
  • Role of Emergency nurses in disaster situations, preparation, training, and best practices
  • Impact of religious and social customs on delivery of care in the emergency department

Day 5 (Wednesday)     Abu Dhabi-Dubai:  Travel and 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

Tour the Rashid Hospital Trauma Center (RHTC) which is located within the Rashid Hospital, a facility that is part of the Dubai Government’s Department of Health and Medical Services.

The Rashid Hospital has 600 beds and provides tertiary-level care services. RHTC, completed in mid-2006, is the busiest Emergency Department in the region, and ranks as one of the largest trauma centers worldwide.

Following the facility tour with Administrators and Emergency Nursing Leaders, meet with key personnel.

Topics of Discussion:

  • Role of Emergency Nurses in disaster situations, preparation, training, and best practices
  • Triage best practices and advances
  • Procedures and methods to ensure Emergency Department staff safety
  • Social Service resources to address family violence, addiction, and suicide and in the Emergency Department

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

Day 7 (Friday)              Dubai – Departure

Today transfer to the airport to connect your flight back home.