Come to study in Dubai and enjoy the sunshine, amazing architecture and safety!
One of the seven emirates of the UAE, Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis that has grown steadily to become a global city and the business and cultural hub of the Middle East.
With a perfect winter climate, world-class hotels, superb facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities and excellent shopping, Dubai has something to offer everyone. Additionally, the emirate is friendly, safe and secure.
Always at the forefront, and wishing to establish the UAE as an international study destination, Dubai opened the world’s only Free Zone dedicated to Education in 2007.
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is now a premier
destination for Education, encompassing 21 International Universities from 10 different nationalities, which is the largest number in any one location in the world. Moreover, with a community of 20,000 students from 125 nationalities and access to over 400 education institutions.
Dubai by the Numbers
2.2 million population
8 million visitors per year
828 metres height of the world’s tallest building
202 number of nationalities in the UAE’s labour market
200 number of islands in the UAE
3,900 square Km Dubai’s land mass
85% percentage of the population that is expatriate
Living in Dubai
Dubai is the only place in world where you can enjoy jet-skiing,
snow skiing, a desert safari, scuba diving and a hot air balloon
ride all in one day.
Living in Dubai has a lot to offer. It is safe, politically stable,
centrally located, has a good education system and healthcare
facilities, modern infrastructure and plenty of places to explore
and things to see. In Dubai the sun shines all year round, the
shopping and leisure facilities are impressive, and the salaries
Living in Dubai is exciting as something new and different
happens ever so often. Dubai is a city that is constantly on
the move, striving for greater heights and more facilities and
comfort for its residents and visitors.
Here is an idea of what to expect:
- Visit to the Burj Khalifa (Tallest building in the world)
- Desert safari and camel ride
- Rooftop movie nights
- Dubai Creek boat ride
- Football on the beach
- Visit to the Dubai Fountains
- Kayaking at Kite Beach
Although Arabic is the official language in the UAE, visitors to Dubai will find that English is the most widely spoken language for business, education, trade and tourism.
All road and shop signs, restaurant menus and tourist information leaflets are both in Arabic and English. Also all universities teach their programmes solely in English.
There are no currency regulations and foreign currency of almost any denomination is exchanged in the UAE. The dirham is the official currency of the UAE. Dirham notes are in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, and 1000 denominations. The dirham is divided into 100 fils, coins include Dh1, 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils (10 and 5 fils are rarely used). The prefix is also written as AED.
The dirham is index linked to the dollar and the average exchange rate is Dh3.671 = US$ 1.00.
Although an Islamic country, the UAE respectsother religions and followers are allowed to practice their beliefs. There are Hindu temples and Catholic, Anglican and Protestant churches in Dubai.
Lightweight summer clothing is ideal with a wrap, sweater or jacket for cooler winter nights and air-conditioned premises. Although the dress code in the UAE is generally casual, people dress formally
in the evening. Since you are visiting a Muslim country, you must also note that bikinis, swimsuits and revealing tops should be confined to the beach or swimming pool.
Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. Temperatures range from lows of 10°C to extreme summer highs of 48°C.
The average maximum daily temperature in January is 24°C and the average maximum daily temperature in July is 41°C when humidity is
very high. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can soar to 45°C. Temperatures are more moderate the rest of the year, with the coolest time being between December and March. There is very little rainfall in Dubai, but when showers do fall it is mainly in the cooler months.
The Dubai weather conditions have made the city very well equipped to cope with the heat, and all buildings, malls, public facilities and transport are air-conditioned.
Dubai is within the top 12 safest cities in the world for
expatriates. This is reflected in its very low crime index, and high standard of living. Students should be respectful of the law as the nation has a zero tolerance policy towards illegal substance
use, and other forms of petty crime are highly punishable.
Public transport in Dubai is divided into land transport, which comprises buses, metro, taxis and a tram system, as well as marine transport, which includes water taxis, waterbuses and a ferry.
Students will find that getting around in Dubai is inexpensive with bus rides costing Dh4, and taxi fares starting at Dh3. The metro is also an excellent way to get around, as it is economical, modern,
safe and convenient.