The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi. It is the headquarters for the president of the state, the cabinet, and most of the ministries, the Federal institutions, foreign embassies, Broadcast TV, Mina (Port) Zayed, Abu Dhabi Airport and most of the oil companies, establishments and commercial markets.
The 'Pearl of the Arabian Gulf', the area of Dubai is 3885 km?, equivalent to 5% of the United Arab Emirates' total area excluding the islands. The Emirate's population is 20,03,170 (2011). A water creek known as Khour-Dubai, 10 Kilometres long, dividing the town into two divisions, penetrates Dubai City. The Southern division, known as Bur-Dubai, comprises the Ruler's office, head offices and major companies, banks, custom, port, broadcast station and postal authority. The most significant landmarks are the Dubai World Trade Center, the Zoo and Al-Jumeirah Coast Park. The Northern division, known as Diera, is the center of business and tourism and comprises most shops, markets, schools, hotels, clubs and Dubai International Airport. Al-Maktoum and Al-Garhoud Bridges and Al-Shindagah Tunnel, which passes under the creek, link the two divisions.
Jebel Ali area is considered one of the most significant industrial and commercial areas in the whole country. It has the largest free trade zone in the Middle East. Due to its location, Dubai has become a connecting link between the West and the Indian subcontinent, the Far East and Africa since time immemorial. Traditional Arab hospitality complemented by a highly sophisticated infrastructure have contributed to a perfect atmosphere for the development of tourism. Dubai is endowed with an extensive coastline, sandy beaches and varied landscape where a wide variety of activities can be indulged, ranging from powerboat races to sand skiing. Manicured golf courses provide ready enjoyment and for the less active, shopping opportunities abound. In addition, the country's deep-rooted cultural heritage, accessible in the many cultural centers, has been a powerful attraction for tourists. Dubai has also become a much sought after venue for conferences, regional and international exhibitions and major sports events.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. It is famous for its Nouveau Arab architecture. Dubai is the desert city-state on the shores of the beautiful Arabian Gulf, replete with clean, sandy beaches and clear blue green waters. It has an ancient heritage that survives amidst the skyscrapers and highways of a modern, cosmopolitan city. This "Pearl of the Arabian Gulf", concentrated mainly on its exquisite creek, the finest natural shelter in 1600 km (1000 miles) of coastline, ranks as the UAE's most important port and commercial center. Dubai is truly cosmopolitan. The fastest growing economy in the world. Learning is comparatively cheaper because of the education policies of Dubai. One would spend double the amount for the same learning else where than here. Due to vast development activities especially in the area of infrastructure, trade and commerce, the possibilities of finding on job training as well as full time employment are ample. The UAE is hospitable, Secure and caring. Entertainment is endless here. It is also called the city of events and all the world's best musicians, theatres and performers come here for entertainment. The cosmopolitan culture itself is a great bonus for a learner to know the social etiquette that are necessary in today's world.
Education structure in Dubai is shown as follows:
Nurseries in Dubai
Dubai has a large number of nurseries. Most of them adopt variations of the Montessori method of instruction and take English as a primary instruction language. Most of the nurseries take children from two years old onwards and some of them take children from age of 18 months onwards.
At the Kindergarten level children usually learn art, music, religion, English, Arabic and math. Kindergartens also offer all sort of other activities for their attendants. Dubai has many English-speaking kindergartens and most of them are situated in Jumeirah and Umm Suquiem areas. Age level is from 4 to 5 years old for kindergarten.
At primary level English is the medium of instruction language in most of schools in Dubai. There are also large numbers of schools which teach children in other foreign languages, French, Hindi, even Russian. There is also a wide range of foreign curriculum's, from British National Curriculum to Japanese system. For admission, some schools conduct entrance tests and most of the good schools also have a long waiting lists.
The new term in most of British schools in Dubai starts in September. In all other schools new term begins in April. During July and August all schools are closed for holidays. School uniforms, usually similar to European and American Schools uniform. In most of the schools timings are from 8 am to 2 pm with usually two or three breaks. Average Fees is approximately Dhs. 3,000 in schools. Primary section is usually of six years and age level is from 6 to 12 years.
Dubai also has large number of international high schools which offers to expatriates as well as domicile residents large scale of curriculum's- from Indian CBSE to IGCSE. School uniform is similar to those in primary. Compulsory subjects in most of the school include math, social studies, physical education, religion and Arabic. Pupil can choose subjects such as science, languages, sociology, history, computer studies etc. The offered subjects depend on school education system. An average fee in private schools is varying up to Dhs 25,000.
Secondary school period is generally of three years and age level from 12 to 18 years. Certificate or diploma awarded by Secondary School Leaving Certificate.
Colleges and Universities in Dubai
The number of colleges and universities in Dubai has grown significantly in last 20 years and every year the number of their staff and students increases by about 30%. Most of the colleges and universities are affiliating themselves to prestigious institutions abroad, and many of them use English as tuition language.
Postgraduate Education in Dubai
A large number of Dubai's universities also offer various master and PhD postgraduate programs. To learn more about postgraduate programs in Dubai and see a full list of universities and institutes that offer master and PhD programs.
Technical Secondary School Length of programme is about 6years and age level is from 12 to 18 years. Certificate/diploma awarded: Technical Secondary Diploma.
Dubai has an extensive education sector. Government in Dubai offers free education from kindergarten to university to all its citizens and about 40% of children attend private schools. For all children older then 5 years full-time education is compulsory and all primary and secondary schools in Dubai, public and private, up to ninth grade also have to follow universal and compulsory program bases.
At Undergraduate levels:
Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Human resources management, Hospitality Management, Tourism, Psychology with counseling, Global social science, Advertising public relations Media, Business information systems, Information technology, Early childhood education, Fashion designing, civil engineering. Duration for the undergraduate program will be 3 to 4 years.
At Postgraduate levels:
MBA, Retailing, Advertising, Supply chain management, International Business, Petroleum Engineering, International relations, Quality Management, Engineering Management, Strategic Marketing, Human resources management, Marketing communications., Marketing.
What is the transfer student concept?
Is it possible to do part-time jobs on student visa in Dubai?
International Students can work part time for 20 hours a week in free zone areas they are required to get the permission from universities.
What are the different job opportunities in Dubai?
Over the past two decades, Dubai has become a land of opportunities. The country is going through a phase of such immense growth, expansion and development, that it needs people from different backgrounds and countries with the right experience and education, and that too in large numbers.
In order to apply for a Dubai Student visa an applicant needs to contact your university administration who will handle the visa application on your behalf.
Once you have provided all of the necessary documents to your university, these documents will be sent to Student Hub at DIAC.
Where to Apply
The university where a student has chosen for studying in Dubai has authority to apply student visa for you. For more information on visa and requirements, the student has to contact the university.
A. How many days prior a student should apply for visa + processing
A student can apply for his/ her visa a maximum of 2 months prior to the date of travel
B. Documents Checklist
Dubai Student visa is done by the College/ University where a student has decided to study A complete Visa application form and a contract signed between the student and the University/ College is required for Visa
C. Visa Application fees
The Visa application fee is included in the Tuition fees by the Education provider
D. Processing Time
It takes 2 working days to get a student Visa.
The student has to check with the Education Provider
For more information you can meet the Visa counselor at UES branch.
- Heriot Watt University Dubai
- Hult International Business School
- Institute of Management Technology
- Manipal University
- Middlesex University Dubai Campus
- Murdoch University
- University of Waterloo Canada