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Study Abroad in Dubai

Dubai - Study Abroad Country for Indian Students

There is much more to the vibrant and pulsating city of Dubai than its Gold Souk, dazzling deserts and breathtaking architectural beauty. And the one avenue that is fast emerging as Dubai's most important specialty is its prominence as an education hub.

Located in the Middle East, offering avant-garde academics today, Dubai has on offer globally recognized educational institutions and lucrative career opportunities. Considering the huge influx of immigrants, numerous well known foreign universities have established their campuses in Dubai to impart high-quality education that is at par with western standards.

For Indian students wishing to study in Dubai, here are some important tips and facts about the Emirate.

Palm Jumeirah in DubaiThe Palm Jumeira, world's largest man -made island created in the shape of a palm tree, is one of Dubai's star attractions

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Why Study in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the most sought after destinations for higher education in the Middle East. There are many reasons that work in favour of Dubai:

  • The opportunity to live and study amid sun, sea and sand, with a booming economy to boot
  • Some of the top universities in the Gulf region, according to World University Rankings 2016
  • An excellent academic system that stands on a par with western standards
  • Scope for tax-free earnings from an employment opportunity after graduation or post graduation
  • Low cost of studying when compared to other developed countries like USA, UK and Australia. (Read: Cost of Study)
  • Political stability, a cosmopolitan lifestyle, and a safe city to stay and study.

Top Universities in Dubai

Dubai International Academic City DIAC universities colleges The Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) established in 2007 aims to become world's largest free zone dedicated to higher education. Many local and international colleges & universities have been set up at DIAC. There are now 400+ undergraduate & postgraduate programs being offered to more than 24,000 students from more than 125 countries. DIAC is definitely Dubai's study abroad hub! Image courtesy: www.thirty3.ae

The emirate and the city of Dubai is fast emerging as the education hub of the United Arab Emirates with more than 65 colleges and universities situated in and around the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and the Dubai Knowledge Village. The academic level of the universities and the success ratio of their placements are on a par with global standards. (Also read: All about student accommodation in Dubai)

Some of the premier colleges in Dubai include SP Jain School of Global Management, Emirates Aviation College, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), and Dubai Medical College. Well-known universities in Dubai include University of Dubai (UD), American University in Dubai (AUD), and University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) 

(Read more: Top Universities in Dubai)

Courses of Study

For students aiming to study in Dubai, there is a wide range of course options to choose from. Civil engineering and MBA are among the most popular programs among the international students studying abroad in Dubai. A look at

  1. Architecture
  2. Aviation
  3. Engineering and Technology (Civil Engineering)
  4. Management, Business, Administration, Marketing(MBA)
  5. Engineering Management
  6. Renewable Energy
  7. Media & Mass Communication
  8. Finance
  9. Computers & IT
  10. Economics
  11. Education
  12. Arts
  13. IT
  14. Humanities and Social Science
  15. Finance and Accounting
  16. Human Resources
  17. Law
  18. Health studies and Medical
  19. Natural Sciences

Getting a Student Visa for Dubai

As an Indian student planning to study abroad in Dubai, you need to completely understand the process of applying for a Student Resident Visa for your stay in the city for the duration of your program of study.

Main Attractions

Burj Khalifa: Standing 160 storeys high, this skyscraper is Dubai’s most recent pride.

Palm Jumeira: World's largest man made island created in the shape of a palm tree.

The Dubai Mall: Dubai Mall has 1,200 shops. The stores range from high-end niche designers, to more affordable wide-scope retails.

Burj Al Arab: It is the only 7-stars hotel in the world, located on the beach. Enjoy your short visit at one of its 10 restaurants and bars. Enjoy the aquarium and the relaxing background music.

Atlantis: Located on Dubai’s man-made island, this hotel is a symbol of luxury. While heading towards it, you’ll enjoy the Palm Island’s scenery. There are  playful dolphins at the Dolphin Bay.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Walk around this exquisite, traditional-like gallery filled with symbols that reflect UAE’s heritage. Ranging from authentic traditional outfits, to simple touristic merchandise, this Souk is a great place shop at.

Gold Souk
: This is a traditional gold market (or souk) dealing almost exclusively in gold jewellery. India is Dubai's largest buyer of gold.

Facts about Dubai

Dubai is the largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and has the sixth largest oil reserves in the world. The city boasts of a state-of-the-art infrastructure, an incredible skyline, and breathtaking architecture. The Emirate is a monarchy but there is peace and political stability all around, most people follow a lavish lifestyle and the economy is thriving.

Language: Arabic, Persian, English, Urdu, Hindi. Although, the official language of Dubai is Arabic, English is the main language for higher education.
Local Time: Dubai, UAE is 1.5 hours behind the Indian Standard Time (IST)
Currency: United Arab Emirates Dirham (AED). 1 AED = 16.92 Indian Rupees

Click on the links below for further information on higher education in Dubai:

Education System of Dubai Study in Dubai
Higher Education in Dubai Universities of Dubai
Postgraduate Study MBA in Dubai
Application Procedure Eligibility for Dubai Universities
Accommodation in Dubai Visa Application
Restaurants Dos and Don'ts in Dubai
Embassy Contacts



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