Mandatory health insurance for Dubai
16 February 2014 Last updated at 08:58 GMT
In Dubai, the authorities are introducing mandatory health insurance, to be provided by employers, for everybody in the Emirate.
It is a move that echoes neighbouring Abu Dhabi, which has had a similar policy for some years.
So what is the likely impact on the business community, and why has it taken Dubai so long to catch up? Jonathan Frewin reports.
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