Dubai is a land of opportunities for the study abroad student, entrepreneur and a delight for the inquisitive traveler. Strategically located between the east and the west, the city beautifully blends elements of both, typified in its ultra modern skyscrapers and conveniences, nestling amidst motifs of its rich Arab-Islamic culture.
To the study abroad student, this technologically advanced city with its continuous focus on innovation, offers a conducive environment for experiential learning, creative thinking and independent action. Architecture, business administration, design, tourism, engineering and international relations are just a few of the subjects you can study in Dubai. Even more appealing is the opportunity to widen cultural horizons through direct interaction with over 160 nationalities.
Dubai is also a leading destination for higher education in the region and true to its multicultural and cosmopolitan fabric, it caters to thousands of international students with different higher education systems including American, British, French, Canadian, Australian, Indian and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The city has over 50 higher education providers, spread across federal campuses, private universities, Dubai government institutions and international branch campuses.
Warm and open, the city, which is home to a population of 1.8 million, gives very little indication of its desert topography. Verdant greenery meets the eye everywhere and a closer walk with nature can be easily had in the many public parks that dot the city in addition to a zoo, dolphinariums and aquariums.
Dubai has a number of world class shopping malls, traditional souqs and shopping districts featuring global brands of electronics, haute couture, jewellery, fashion accessories and much more; promising endless hours of shopping pleasure. During annual events such as Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Summer Surprises, the malls transform into indoor fairgrounds with multiple shows and activities running back-to-back
Driving its progress and matchless lifestyle options, is a strong foundation of commerce, which has made the city a top investment and leisure destination. Thousands of international companies run their regional and even global operations from Dubai, taking advantage of the investment friendly policies of the government, the excellent infrastructure, and the strategic location of the city, which allows easy access to markets across the Middle East, Africa, Indian Sub-continent and CIS countries.
Getting out and about in Dubai is a breeze, even if you don’t drive. The city has an advanced public transportation system comprising buses and a metro service, which allows for economical travel across the length and the breadth of the city. Taxis are also easily available.
The second largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai is located on the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf. Sub-tropical and arid, Dubai promises year-round sunshine with temperatures ranging from a low of about 50°F to a high of 118°F. The mean daily maximum is 75.2°F in January rising to 105.8°F in July. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is four hours ahead of GMT. Arabic is the national language but English is also widely spoken.
Should Dubai be your study abroad destination, know that it offers high-quality living standards and many opportunities, not to mention the serenity of living in a city voted to be one of the safest in the world.