The UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has issued a long awaited resolution setting out exceptions to Article 13 of Federal Law No. 2 of 2019 ("Health Data Law"), which by default prohibits the transfer, storage, generation or processing of health data that relates to health services provided in the UAE ("UAE Health Data") outside of the UAE.

Ministerial Resolution 51/2021 ("Resolution") relaxes the data transfer restriction for certain types of processing operation, and will be welcomed by industry players many of whom have adopted a 'risk-based' approach to cross-border data transfers since the restriction was introduced.

This guide provides you with the list of permitted exceptions to the data transfer restriction under Article 13 of the UAE Health Data Law and the applicable conditions that companies wishing to benefit from any of the exceptions must comply with.