Overview of NRL

National Reference Laboratory (NRL) is focused on increasing the quality, spectrum, coverage and overall efficiency of laboratory testing in the UAE and the region. As a Mubadala Healthcare provider, it implements international best-practice reference-laboratory processes and aims to set the benchmark for quality standards in the region.

NRL offers a comprehensive menu of tests, expanded in response to the needs of the region and providing a complete solution for all clinical testing needs in an efficient and high-quality environment. Of the 7.5+ million tests performed annually, 98% are done in house, allowing for greater quality control and reducing both turnaround time and logistics-related costs compared with other referral laboratories.
Through its commitment to a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS), investment in state-of-the-art technologies, superior connectivity solutions, advanced logistical systems and the appointment of highly skilled professionals, NRL has maintained its position as a trusted resource for healthcare providers and patients in the region.
The NRL network’s laboratories regularly undergo rigorous internal audits as well as independent inspections by various bodies such as the College of American Pathologists (CAP), ISO 15189, ISO 22870, Joint Commission International (JCI), and the American Association of Blood Banks. As NRL is committed to improving quality standards across the region, it also organizes CME-accredited CAP preparedness workshops for pathologists in the UAE each year.

The growing network of National Reference Laboratory facilities serves a wide range of local and regional clients, including government hospitals, teaching hospitals, research centers, privately-owned hospitals, medical centers, clinics, occupational health organizations and other reference laboratories. National Reference Laboratory’s network is comprised of multiple, internationally accredited, owned and managed facilities across the UAE including:

The growing network of NRL facilities serves a wide range of local and regional clients, including government hospitals, teaching hospitals, research centers, privately owned hospitals, medical centers, clinics, occupational health organizations and other reference laboratories.

National Reference Laboratory’s network comprises multiple, internationally accredited, owned and managed facilities across the UAE including:

  • Two owned laboratories in Dubai, and one in Abu Dhabi 
  • Full management of all Mubadala Healthcare Laboratories including those of Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint and all three branches of Imperial College London Diabetes Centre.
  • NRL’s network includes three additional laboratories, each located on the client’s premises and managed by NRL: ​​​​​​Valiant Clinic in Dubai; Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital in Abu Dhabi and Neuro Spinal Hospital in Dubai Science Park. 


To find out more about our laboratories, please visit Our Laboratories.