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There are many attractions to entice students to study in the Middle East, including sun, history, culture… and top-notch facilities in a selection of Middle Eastern countries focusing on developing as education hubs.
One major center of university education in the region is the United Arab Emirates, and particularly Dubai. Over the last decade, resources have been focused on the creation of an international ‘Knowledge Village’, a zone that hosts a variety of knowledge-based businesses, attracted by perks that include tax exemption. This also led to the creation of Dubai International Academic City, a self-contained community focused exclusively on higher education. Dubai has enticed top universities like Harvard University and the University of Cambridge to the area, giving students the option to earn degrees from those institutions.
Qatar is also working hard to provide serious international competition. Its Education City, on the outskirts of Doha, is a large educational hub offering courses at all levels. US, UK and French universities offer courses and degrees there, with students benefitting from international instruction and a large research park.
Globalization has also seen a number of American-style universities established in the Middle East, typically providing teaching in English. Examples include the American University of Beirut, American University of Sharjah, American University of Kuwait and the New York University in Abu Dhabi.
According to the QS World University Rankings 2012/13, the five top universities in the Middle East are the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), King Saud University and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (Saudi Arabia), Tel Aviv University and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Israel).
Other Middle Eastern countries with universities ranked among the world’s best include Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan and Iraq. Turkey and Egypt, both often considered part of the Middle Eastern region, are also well-represented in the international rankings.
Find out more about what it’s like to study in the Middle East by clicking on the country guides below.
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