Complementing the ease of doing business and the strategic advantages of being located in the emirate, Dubai’s status as a growing knowledge hub is also enhancing its attractiveness as a business destination.
Central to this is the wide range of universities, research facilities and educational institutions that businesses and individuals can tap into and leverage the expertise of.
Reflecting the city’s diversity, these include branches of international, well-established and respected institutions, as well as new entrants which have emerged and developed within the fertile environment that Dubai provides.
Located in Knowledge Village, one of the emirate’s main educational clusters, The University of Wollongong in Dubai is an outpost of one of the leading universities in the world, offering accreditation and assurance from not only respective ediucational authorites in the UAE and Australia, but also from organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Similarly, the prestigious Canadian University of Dubai has networked with top engineering research centres in Canada, allowing students to work on active research projects with Canadian academic institutions.
The Rochester Institute of Technology, listed in Peterson's Competitive Colleges, offers some of the finest courses in science, technology and engineering among US universities in Dubai. All programmes offered in Dubai are the same as those offered in the main New York campus. Students also have the option to move between the two campuses in New York or Dubai during their years of study.
The School of Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology in Dubai offers specialised degree programmes in the field of engineering and science, with courses such as Bachelor of Computer and Networking Engineering Technology and Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering.
Manipal University Dubai has a centre of excellence in the engineering areas, providing industry oriented quality education and training to students. The courses are structured to establish linkage and partnerships with industry.
Freezones across Dubai are also enhancing this rich fabric of knowledge, providing more than just financial and regulatory benefits.
The emirate is home to the world’s only free zone dedicated to Human Resource Management and learning excellence. Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) (www.dkp.ae) aims to develop the region’s talent pool and establish the UAE as a knowledge-based economy by offering the best selection of programmes in HR management, consultancy, training and personal development.
DKP provides flexible solutions with support from its innovative customer service team. With their assistance, partners have set up training centres, institutes and HR agencies to sustain and secure their market share in this booming sector.
Recognising their importance in boosting key industries and sectors, as well as the links they provide to their respective global communities, Dubai is also facilitating the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and non-religious professional associations and trade bodies in the emirate.
Established in 2014, Dubai Association Centre (www.dubaichamber.com) exists for global associations to expand within industries across the Middle East and beyond. The centre assists the establishment of non-profit, apolitical and non-religious professional associations and trade bodies in Dubai.
Across multiple sectors, Dubai continues to drive initiates to support its growing role as an Innovation Cradle aiding R&D programmes to tap into cutting-edge knowledge and expertise to launch and test next generation business, products and services.
In the field of medicine, Dubai Healthcare City (www.dhcc.ae) has committed to becoming an internationally recognised destination of choice for quality healthcare and an integrated centre of excellence for clinical and wellness services, medical education and research. To further shape advancements and discoveries, it established the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medical University of Medicine and Health Sciences - a hub for healthcare education and knowledge - on an integrated platform that supports healthcare education, research and clinical practice with the aim of becoming a leading medical and health sciences university.
This builds on globally recognised facilities based in the emirate, including the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research, as well as Al Jalila Foundation, a global philanthropic organisation dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. Founded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai in April 2013, it invests in the UAE’s medical treatment capabilities and provides scholarships to support ground-breaking research that addresses health challenges prevalent in the region.
In the field of technology and connectivity, another freezone, Dubai Internet City (www.dic.ae), is providing a platform for the businesses of tomorrow. The Innovation Hub, located within the freezone, aims to establish around 1.6 million square feet of workspace, catering to start-ups, SMEs and multinationals. When complete in 2019, it is expected to house a workforce of around 15,000 companies of all sizes. Meanwhile another incubator already established within the hub, in5, is dedicated to finding and nurturing ideas that will shape the future of ICT, digital media, mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.
Expo 2020 Dubai will put the global spotlight on knowledge and innovation, and a core part of the legacy planning for the event’s site will see large swathes of it dedicated to setting up R&D centres and research facilities.
Already established in the city, Dubai Science Park (http://www.dsp.ae) serves the entire value chain of the science sector, dedicated to supporting scientific entrepreneurs, SMEs and multinational enterprises. The free zone offers office and laboratory space, and a robust infrastructure, ensures a supportive eco-system for businesses to flourish.
Supporting the fashion industry, the Creative Community Law is one example of new legislation, paving the way for Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) to spur creative industries in Dubai and attract innovation-based companies to set up and settle in the emirate. The Creative Community housed in Dubai Design District will establish around 1 million square feet of workspace, encouraging creativity and innovation and serving as an incubator in the art and design sector.