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UAE Residents ‘Consult’ YouTube for Health Issues

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In an era where digital platforms are increasingly becoming a primary source of information, a significant number of UAE residents are turning to YouTube for health-related content (HRC). This trend, however, has raised concerns among medical professionals about the risks associated with relying on such platforms for medical advice.


A Growing Trend

A recent study conducted by researchers at Khalifa University highlights the extent of this phenomenon. The study, which surveyed 3,000 YouTube users in the UAE, found that a staggering 87% of them have engaged with health-related content on the platform. The most popular videos among these users pertain to exercise and bodybuilding.

Moreover, the study revealed that around 40% of these users watch health-related content on YouTube before deciding whether to consult a medical professional or adopt specific health practices. This statistic underscores the platform’s influence on health-related decision-making among UAE residents.

Personal Accounts

Dubai resident Jill Dayley, 53, exemplifies this trend. Having lived in the UK prior to moving to Dubai, Jill became accustomed to the difficulties of securing medical consultations in her home country. This experience led her to frequently use YouTube to assess her symptoms and decide if a doctor’s visit was necessary.

“Having lived in the UK prior to moving to Dubai, I became used to the impossible nature of securing a consultation or basic check-up back home. I mainly use YouTube to determine whether it’s worth booking an appointment or whether I’m just being paranoid. So, I guess it just became a habit that travelled with me,” Jill shared with Khaleej Times.

Similarly, Mia Nixon, 25, visits the platform several times a week for health advice. She finds YouTube’s quick and easy access to multiple medical opinions more viable than relying on the opinion of a single doctor.

Medical Community’s Concerns

Despite the convenience and accessibility YouTube offers, medical professionals are increasingly warning against the risks of using the platform for health-related advice. Dr. Alaa Zedan, an internal medicine specialist at Burjeel Hospital Dubai, emphasized the potential dangers.

“When users search for health-related content on YouTube, they are frequently presented with a diverse list of results, where the quality and quantity of information can vary significantly,” Dr. Zedan explained. He cautioned against the use of such platforms due to the risk of encountering unverifiable content with questionable quality and reliability.

The Need for Verified Information

The proliferation of health-related content on YouTube poses a significant challenge in ensuring that the information consumed by users is accurate and reliable. While the platform can provide useful insights and information, it should not replace professional medical advice.

Doctors urge individuals to approach YouTube content with a critical eye and to verify the information through reputable sources or by consulting with healthcare professionals. The reliance on unverified online content for health decisions can lead to misdiagnosis, inappropriate treatments, and potential health risks.


While YouTube offers a convenient and accessible way for UAE residents to seek health-related information, it is crucial to be aware of the risks associated with relying on such platforms for medical advice. The medical community continues to stress the importance of consulting with healthcare professionals to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. As digital consumption grows, balancing the use of online resources with professional medical consultation is essential for maintaining health and well-being.


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