As Mums of small kids, we’re also on the look out for places that offer saliva and throat swab test as opposed to the nasal swab we’ve all experienced as adults.
So, we’ve compiled some information on where you can take your kids under 16 years to get a COVID saliva or throat swab test. For more information, and more locations, you can contact the 24 hour DHA helpline on 800 342
This Covid test center is a drive-thru on Umm Suqeim Rd just off Al Khalil Road.
This week we got there around 11am and waited around an hour. Get there early otherwise pack activities, iPads and snacks for the wait. You’ll need emirates ID and to fill in a form so remember a pen. The nurse opened the car door and gently did the throat swab. She was very gentle but suggested that smaller kids sit on mum’s lap. They say it takes 24 hours to receive the results, but we got ours back in around 10 hours and cost AED110. Results come via text first then email.
Timings: Sun-Sat 8am-10.30pm
Healthbay (Al Wasl Road)
+971 4 348 7140
If you’re not sure whether your little one needs a test, you can book an appointment with a doctor, but just let them know if you have any COVID symptoms and your travel history. Otherwise, your test will be administered by a nurse. Head to last villa on the right and present yourself at reception. You will be placed in an isolation room right next to reception where the nurse will come in to test you. Cost is AED 150. Results within 24 hours.
Mall of Emirates
800 663 6255
Testing located at Parking Entrance A Taxi pick up area (near Ski Dubai).
Deira City Centre
800 226 255
Testing located on Ground Level P2 parking – accessible from the parking lot.
Both malls offer a walk-in service only, you cannot make an appointment. They see a set number of people a day so its best you arrive early to get a token and reserve your spot. You need 1-3ml of saliva for the test, but they also do the throat swab which is still more pleasant than the nasal swab for smaller children. Saliva test can be administered for kids up to 16 years. Costs AED150, card only. Results within 24-48hours. Results will be via SMS.
THURS -SAT 10AM-6.30pm
Mediclinic Arabian Ranches
Appointment is not required as they accommodate walk-in. However, it is advised to be there early to reserve your slot. Throat swab test is available for kids 16 years old under just inform the facilitator that you wanted to have it for the kids and Nasal swab for the adults for the same cost of 150 AED (Saliva -Spit test is not offered). Results within 36 – 48 hours max via sms. We’ve been told that the nurses/test facilitators are great with kids and very swift and gentle.
Timings: Saturdays – Thursday 8:00AM-5:00PM & Fridays 8:00AM-2:00PM
Al Zahra Hospital
Available for walk-ins 24 hours, 7 days a week no need to make an appointment. The throat swab test is available for kids 13 years old under and nasal swab for adults for the same cost of 150 AED (Saliva – Spit test is not offered). Tests taken during weekdays will get their result after 36 hours and weekends after 48 hours via sms.
Timings: 24 hours
Saudi German Hospital
Offers Drive thru PCR – Nasal swab test for 150 AED (Saliva/Throat test is not offered) no need to secure an appointment. All results will be sent 24 hours max via sms.
Timings: Saturdays – Thursdays 9:00AM – 12:00AM & Fridays 2:00PM – 10:00PM
Be sure to download the QiDZ mobile app to see more.
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