Dubai prides itself on being one of the Middle East’s leading smart cities with a strong economic hold and diverse expat population. Located in the Middle East, with a population of around 2.4 million people, Dubai is the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai, the second-richest and most diverse of the seven Emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates. Dubai’s futuristic plans, strategic leadership and public-centered initiatives have made it one of the most expat-friendly cities in the gulf region. Although the UAE was only formally founded in 1971, it boasts a rich history and is constantly undergoing innovative and exciting changes to keep it at the forefront of modern society. Moreover, Dubai’s growing business potential invites alliances, workforce and even students from all over the world.

Experience Diversity

Your choice to study in Dubai will get you closer to the authentic Emirati culture and you will get to experience the Arabic traditions ato its core.  A famous Arab proverb reads, “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” When it comes to generosity and hospitality, Arabs lead the way and it is a key part of their culture. They do everything they can to ensure their guests feel at home – you can expect to be invited for dinner at somewhere new at least once a week!

However, the Emiratis only form a minor portion of the entire UAE population, which is close to 20%; the remaining 80% is made of up of expats coming from different parts of the world. Indians comprise a very big part of the UAE expat population – be it in academic settings as professors or students, professional spaces or in businesses. This makes Dubai a home away from home for Indians and indicates how welcoming the Emirate is. Although there is a large Indian community, you will still experience many different cultures while studying in Dubai. This multicultural experience is highly valued in the modern professional world.


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A Range of Education Choices

UAE’s ideal location attracts the very best to Dubai from both the east and the west. In fact, today, the city stands out as an epitome of how tourism, retail and trade can boost a country’s economy. Dubai’s popular industries attract the best minds and talents all over the world. People come to Dubai to learn and practice their profession in the UAE. Dubai has become the Middle East’s most important campus base for world-leading universities because of its stable economy and swift expansion.

Due to its unique status as a melting pot of all cultures of the world, and its willingness to invest heavily in education, respected institutions such as SAE, Heriot-Watt University and the Rochester Institute of Technology have established subsidiaries in Dubai. This is in addition to other universities such as American University Dubai, and the Canadian University Dubai, which ranks in the top 5% of universities in the Arab region.

An Emerging City

Almost every type of business is available within Dubai, and more recent projects, such as Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, have brought 21st-century technology and communication in the world’s first Free Zone dedicated to e-business: media powerhouses such as the BBC, Sky News and AP, together with IT titans like HP and Microsoft. This means that if you’re looking for your dream job after your degree, you don’t need to look much further than Dubai. What’s more, workers in the UAE benefit from a completely tax-free salary, as the country does not tax income.

As Dubai prepares to host the 2020 World Expo - said to be the largest and first business exposition of its kind to be held in the Middle East – more and more industry leaders are expected to open a main campus in the UAE. The 2020 World Expo is projected to welcome industry pioneers from about 150 countries and demonstrate Dubai’s well-earned reputation as an innovator within the region. The benefits of hosting such an important event are clear. After hosting the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai was transformed into a thriving commercial super-district, which supported the economy to the tune of several billion dollars! Thousands of jobs have already been created in preparation for the event, with many more to come, which is not surprising – Dubai expects over 25 million visitors during the six-month event!

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A Global Experience at Your Doorstep

Dubai has entertainment avenues for people of all ages and interests. While studying in Dubai, you can spend your leisure time indulging in wide range of activities. From shopping luxury brands in world-class malls and spending family time at Bollywood-themed parks, with rides, stunt shows and performances, to going on boat rides  across historical Shindagha and old Dubai and skydiving over the Palm, the list of things to do is almost endless. In fact, just about the only thing you can’t do in Dubai is get bored!

If you fancy exploring a little further, a short trip to Abu Dhabi brings you closer to international locations such as the historic and beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, as well its own branch of the Louvre and the Yas Marina Circuit – home to the world-famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There are also other attractions in neighboring Emirates, such as the Sharjah Arts Museum, or Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, a mountain which boasts one of the highest peaks (and most stunning views) in the UAE.

On the Indian Ocean side of the UAE sits Fujairah, famous for beaches suited for snorkeling and deep-sea fishing. The whole country is surrounded by parts of the Sultanate of Oman, and its Hajar Mountains – full of breathtaking natural pools and hiking trails.

Dubai is also one of the central travel hubs of the world. Travel is easy and simple through one of the bustling international airports in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and there are a wealth of amazing experiences to be had in nearby countries, such as India, Kenya, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt, just to name a few.

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About the Auhor: When he’s not geeking out over the latest Marvel films, Chris Davy is an English teacher who splits his time between Dubai and the UK.

About the Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.