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Beauty Therapist Training in Dubai : What, How & Why

Updated: May 31, 2022



Beauty Therapist: Career Outlook

A career as a Beauty Therapist is nothing less than fascinating. In Dubai, Demand for beauty therapists has been on the rise in the past decade. Students from across the globe have reached Dubai for beauty therapist training & job opportunities.

So who is a beauty therapist? what's the job? & why it's an exciting opportunity for students across the globe.


According to DHA (Dubai Health Authority), the role of a beauty therapist is categorized as Non-Surgical Cosmetic services. Their job may involve non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Generally speaking; A Beauty Therapist might require to perform the following procedures:

  • Laser Hair Removal

  • Non-Invasive Skin Treatments e.g. Silk Peel, Advanced Facials, Skin Resurfacing

  • Microdermabrasion

  • Radio Frequency

  • Microneedling

  • Specific Body Massages

  • Chemical Peels

  • Micro needling

  • Slimming & Body Treatments

Apart from the Procedure, they must also perform a skin analysis, do client consultation & machine demonstrations.


The demand of Beauty Therapist

Beauty Therapist is a prolific career option in UAE. As per DHA, their objective is to "Position Dubai as a global medical destination by introducing a value-based, comprehensive, integrated, and high-quality service delivery system". What this means is, not only institutions, Govt has also been pushing the Non-Surgical Cosmetic sector, making Dubai a hub for such services. It has given rise to the new clinic, hospitals, and beauty centers.


A Prominent Beauty Training Institute in Dubai might see students traveling from Asia, Africa, Europe & South America. Anyone who is passionate enough and has good training is likely to get a job as a beauty therapist in UAE.

So how does the training for beauty therapist looks like?


Beauty Therapist training is moderately difficult. If anyone has prior knowledge in medicine or biology, they might need to grasp only the practical aspects of training.

Beauty Therapist Training

Beauty Therapist training is moderately difficult. If anyone has prior knowledge in medicine or biology, they might need to grasp only the practical aspects of training.

There are three aspects of your training:

  1. Understanding the Science: Practically speaking, for anyone to work in the beauty & cosmetic sector, they must know the general human biology of skin, face & hair. You will also be taught different health & safety procedures as a part of your training.

  2. Guidelines, Manuals & Consultation: Beauty Therapist's job may require attending to clients, doing consultation, answering queries of patients, post-care advice, etc. In your Beauty Therapist Training, you will have to go through Health Guidelines, Indication & Contra-Indications, Provisions, & Consultation.

  3. Procedural Training: You might want to call this the real thing. These are defined set of Non-Surgical Procedure Training that you will conduct on your day-to-day job. We do want to mention, course syllabus may vary depending on where you are. Generally, it will consist following: Facial Treatments like Hydra Facial, Electro Facial, dermabrasion, Microneedling, Chemical Peels, Radio Frequency & Slimming Treatments.

A Beauty Therapist Training program is one year long as per the Professional Qualification Requirements (PQR) of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to be able to work in Dubai. Post Qualification of 1 year internship is waived off for Riva Institute.


Working as Beauty Therapist in UAE

Where you can work?

A beauty therapist can work at

  • Skin Clinics & Hospitals

  • Beauty & Esthetic centers

  • Beauty Training Institutes

  • Medical Device Manufacturing Corporations

Although the job requirement may differ, your training will ensure you are enabled to work at any of the places. One can even start their own local business.


License & Exams

To work as a beauty therapist in Dubai, you must need a license from DHA Health Regulation Department. According to the DHA Non-Surgical Cosmetic Services Standards, the following are mandatory for a beauty therapist:

  • DHA License

  • Hands-on training for at least TEN cases under the supervision of a Dermatologist or Cosmetic Surgeon

Once you complete your training as a Beauty Therapist, The Institute will conduct an exam to assess your qualities. Passing will allow you to further practice under supervision. After you have completed the required hands-on training, you can apply for the DHA license. To obtain the professional license, DHA will conduct an oral assessment before your application.


Find out step by step guide to obtain DHA License in the Footnote.

Beauty Therapist job is certainly NOT All work & No Pay. You earn a good salary. 25% of all beauty therapist earns above AED 10,000.

What to expect from the Beauty Therapist Job?

It wouldn't be wrong to consider Beauty Therapists as Subordinate Doctors. The work of a beauty therapist is demanding both physically & mentally. If you are a student and haven't worked before, keep in mind you might have to meet & consult a lot of people daily.

Your day-to-day job will require speaking with clients & helping them understand the treatments. You will also have to perform a prior analysis of their physical condition.

If you are working in clinics, you may require to assist doctors with various treatments. Beauty therapists working at Medical device companies often train doctors & technicians on how to use the product.



Beauty Therapist job is certainly NOT All work & No Pay. You earn a good salary. 25% of all beauty therapist earns above AED 10,000. Whereas the average salary for 2+ years experienced therapists is AED 15,000 - AED 20,000. The experience level is an important factor in determining the salary. You can see a 30%-40% hike in your pay in the first 2-3 years on the job.


In Conclusion

Dubai has regulations, but most of them are straightforward. If you know what you need, you will find a direct way to get it. Stay informed & trust official sources.

As a training institute that has trained thousands of students at our facility, we want to deliver you the most practical experience of training & working in Dubai. Riva Institute of Aesthetics is a hub for beauty therapist training in UAE & is accredited by DHA. At our institute, we help you enable yourself to work in Dubai after you complete your program. If you are interested to join the beauty therapy training program or learning more about beauty therapy opportunities in UAE, let us know below.


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