Spoilt for choice when studying in Dubai, so much to explore
Download the Visit Dubai mobile app for access to live entertainment news and events to find out what the city has to offer when you're done studying. Gamers should head to Hub Zero in City Walk where you'll find a LAN gaming area with 70 stations, VR rides and laser tag or take the controls of an Emirates A380 in a simulator experience with a choice of 12 different airport landing scenarios at The Dubai Mall. The city is also taking technology into its green spaces and onto the beach with Smart Palm stations offering free mobile phone and tablet charging capability. A hotspot for experiential technology, check out the latest innovations at the annual STEP Conference, Ai Everything exhibition, GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Shopper retail event (home to the latest must-have gadgets).
Sport for all
Access to a healthy lifestyle is part of Dubai's quest to become the world's most active city and outside of the classroom there is a huge variety of activities to try, whether you're a keen athlete or weekend workout type. On Dubai's beaches you'll find plenty of watersports centres where you can jet-ski, paddle board, parasail, and flyboard. Water parks are a big deal here with Wild Wadi, Laguna Water Park and Aquaventure being the top rated spots. Gyms are everywhere in the city from crossfit boxes to well-known international brands, with MMA gyms and yoga studios also popular. An Olympic standard ice rink is housed in The Dubai Mall, while Ski Dubai is the city's dedicated ski and snowboarding slope. Football, basketball and tennis courts are plenty and if adrenalin adventure is your thing, zip line thrills, hot air ballooning, parkour and sky diving are also on the menu.
Dine the world
Food is fuel for the brain and all appetites, cultures and budgets are catered for in Dubai with a choice of literally thousands of cafés, food trucks and restaurants reflecting the multicultural cuisine of its 200+ resident nationalities. Halal, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, carnivore or pescatarian - take your pick. Five-star hotel venues with celeb chefs are perfect for when parents are in town while affordable local eats are aplenty from shawarma stands to food truck finds on the beach.
Let us entertain you
Cultural pursuits come in many forms and Dubai is spoilt for choice. Home to state-of-the-art stadia including the new Coca-Cola Arena and stunning Dubai Opera, as well as cosy local venues, the city is a world tour stop-off for bestselling international musicians, theatre troupes, ballet companies and top DJs. Be enthralled by popular homegrown attractions such as the mesmerising La Perle by Dragone stage spectacle and The Dubai Fountain's awe-inspiring light, water and sound show, laugh your socks off at a comedy night, catch a Hollywood, Bollywood or Nollywood movie and cherry pick your entertainment scene.
Connect to the world
A global transit hub with a transportation infrastructure that takes you from A to Z or to Abuja, Amman, Beijing, New Delhi and the rest of the world with ease, Dubai ranks alongside other megacities when it comes to connectivity. The city also leads in terms of mobile connectivity with free public WiFi and 5G en route for 2019… great news for keeping in touch with mum, dad and your friends back home!
Dubai International airport (DXB) is one of the busiest airports in the world and connects to more than 240 destinations through 140 airlines with regular and student budget-friendly low-cost airlines to choose from, with Dubai World Central (DWC) the city's second airport.