The decision will likely provide comfort to businesses operating in the healthcare sector both in the UAE and globally.
On 28 April 2021 the United Arab Emirates (UAE) federal government issued Ministerial Decision No. 51 of 2021 (the Decision) to clarify when health information may be stored or transferred outside of the UAE. The Decision should pave the way for many domestic and overseas healthcare service providers to continue processing, storing, and transferring health information outside of the UAE.
The Decision reiterates the default position established in 2019 that health information must be kept within the UAE unless such activity has been approved by a decision of the health authority or the UAE Minister of Health and Prevention. Crucially, however, the Decision provides a series of exemptions to that default position.
To see a table of the exemptions, read Latham’s Client Alert.