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7 reasons to study in the United Arab Emirates

By Stephanie L

Updated August 17, 2021 Updated August 17, 2021

Sponsored by Al Ain University

Located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has transformed over the last half-century from a desert oasis to one of the most developed countries in the Arab world.

It’s hardly surprising then, that the country is a hub for expats, tourists and, increasingly, international students who are looking for an unforgettable study experience in the Middle East.

Home to some of the best universities in the region

The United Arab Emirates prides itself on being home to some of the best universities in the Gulf region. In the latest QS Arab Region University Rankings, 14 UAE universities were featured.

Among these top universities is Al Ain University, located in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Across six colleges, Al Ain University offers 26 academic programmes (17 bachelor’s, eight master’s, as well as a postgraduate professional diploma in teaching).

The university’s programmes undergo regular reviews by the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Education (MOE) as well as international accreditation bodies so that students can be confident that they’re getting the best education.

For example, the university’s College of Engineering is accredited by the US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme was the first in the UAE to be granted International Certification by the prestigious Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in the US.

Similarly, the university’s Bachelor of Law programme received accreditation from the Supreme Council for Evaluation, Research and Higher Education (HCERES) in France while the Bachelor of Mass Communication and Media has been accredited by AQAS.

Study your degree in English

English is widely spoken across the UAE due to the incredibly diverse population and is the main language of business and education.

The country’s higher education system is also largely influenced by western higher education systems, meaning you can graduate with an internationally recognised degree in English.

Be part of a thriving international student community

The UAE has been a popular tourist destination for some time, and now, it’s also a thriving study destination for students from all over the world.

Most of the UAE’s higher education institutions are located in its two largest Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. This makes both places excellent study destinations for students looking to study here.

Al Ain University welcomes students from over 40 nations and has two campuses – one in Abu Dhabi and one in Al Ain. The university offers students a unique opportunity to study at a global university while benefitting from living in a peaceful and calm campus a short distance from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Explore new cultures and experiences

Where old meets new, tradition meets modern, the United Arab Emirates has established itself as a prestigious nation with its thriving economy, rich heritage, and open and welcoming culture. 

The UAE is made up of seven emirates – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain – all with their own unique identities, cultures and attractions which means there is plenty to explore and discover.

It’s also well known for its adrenaline-filled outdoor activities. The Al Badayer desert is ideal for dune-bushing and quad biking, while the rugged Hajar mountains are not to be missed if you enjoy a hike or two. If you prefer to rest and relax in your spare time, Corniche Beach proudly carries the Blue Flag Certification and is the perfect place to cool off and go snorkelling.

Be mindful that the United Arab Emirates is an Islamic country, so you should be careful to respect the local customs and laws.

Graduate jobs are plentiful 

The UAE has experienced major growth in recent years, and as a result, has been able to position itself as a strong international hub for work.  

With its thriving expat community and tax-free salaries, there are many exciting job opportunities for graduates across various industries including the energy, finance and property sectors – mainly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

It is one of the safest countries in the world

The United Arab Emirates is widely acknowledged to be one of the safest countries in both the Middle East and the world. In fact, it has recently been ranked the second safest country in the world, according to Global Finance, which ranked 134 countries based on their response to the coronavirus, risk of war, personal security and likelihood of natural disaster.

A new golden visa scheme

The UAE government has introduced a new visa scheme for talented students and their families. Eligible students and their families can apply for a golden visa scheme where they will be granted a 10 year resident visa under the ‘golden visa scheme for talented students’.

This will support the student experience in the UAE and will pave the way for bright futures with endless opportunities after graduation where graduate jobs are plenty and the entrepreneurial environment is flourishing. 

Whats more, the UAE has a thriving expat community and tax-free salaries with many exciting job opportunities for graduates across various industries including the energy, finance, and property sectors - mainly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

This article was originally published in August 2021 .

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As the Head of Sponsored Content for TopUniversities.com and TopMBA.com (until September 2021), Stephanie created and published a wide range of articles for universities and business schools across the world. She attended the University of Portsmouth where she earned a BA in English Language and an MA in Communication and Applied Linguistics.

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