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Why choose Dubai?

Welcoming you to a future-forward city that pioneers innovation. The choice is yours. Make it count!

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Quality education with a global outlook

With an inspiring choice of over 60 globally respected international university campuses - the largest number anywhere in the world - Dubai offers an abundance of best-in-class higher education opportunities.

A melting pot of nationalities and cultures, the city gives you unparalleled access to tailor-made programmes from the best international seats of learning, specifically designed to meet your unique abilities, ambition and aspirations. From a two-year vocational qualification or higher national diploma and a three or four-year undergraduate degree to postgraduate Masters’ or PhD programmes, there are hundreds of stringently vetted and internationally credited courses to choose from.

A bonus of studying in a knowledge-based economy is the fact that Dubai is also a cutting-edge R&D cradle, and home to a high-profile community of pre-eminent research hubs. The most up-to-date resources, technology, laboratories and minds are all found here, including the UK’s Moorfields Eye Hospital, Johns Hopkins from the US, Dubai Science Park and the Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub, to the likes of the world’s foremost innovation accelerators such as AstroLabs, part of the Google for Entrepreneurs partner network, In5, DIFC Fintech Hive and Dubai Future Foundation.

With Dubai ranked as one of the world's most future-forward destinations to relocate to for work, hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created around Expo 2020, and a vast array of Fortune 500 companies choosing the city as a regional base, it's an undeniable career catalyst.

As Dubai continues to establish itself as a leading knowledge-based economy and a vibrant innovation, trade and business hub, providing strong stepping stone access to employment and further development, what does this mean for fresh graduates like you?

More attractive career-boosting opportunities as companies choose to either set up in Dubai or expand their reach across the region with the emirate the preferred business base, or a welcoming and supportive environment in which to launch your own revolutionary business idea.

In short, a world-class education and internationally recognised undergraduate or postgraduate degree from Dubai is your passport to the world.

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Focus on training & development

The Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide reported that Middle East based companies are looking to make the workplace even more attractive with training and development (81%) and improved compensation packages (79%) a major focus.

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A 2018 survey reported that 40% of employers in the UAE were concerned with finding enough good people to fill vacant positions.

A welcoming city

The city is even more student friendly thanks to recent legislative changes that offer extended study and post-graduation visas in addition to the regular one-year renewable student visa.

The Dubai advantage of a safe and welcoming city, rounded lifestyle and the security of knowing your time as a student is free of red tape, makes it a winning destination for students looking for best-in-class internationally recognised degree programmes and world-class career prospects.


There is a lot to explore when studying in Dubai

When you study in Dubai, you are spoilt for choice because there’s 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.

Whether you’re a gamer or a tech geek, you’ll find something to do in Dubai. 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).

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. From watersport centres, gyms, and yoga studios, to an Olympic standard ice rink is housed in The Dubai Mall, and the dedicated ski and snowboarding slope in Ski Dubai – you will not be left wanting! 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.

All appetites, cultures and budgets are catered for in Dubai with a choice of 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. 

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.

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!

A great place to live
The latest National Agenda Index released in 2019 found that 96.1 per cent of UAE citizens feel safe and secure - which should immediately put every parent's mind at ease.
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