Dubai is one of the modern economic and technological hubs of the world. Located in the Middle East, with a population of around 2.4 million people, Dubai is the capital city of the Emirate of Dubai, the richest and most diverse of the seven Emirates which make up the United Arab Emirates. Forward-thinking reforms and development plans have cemented its position as the business center of the UAE, and although the UAE was only formally founded in 1971, it boasts a rich history and is constantly undergoing innovative and exciting changes to keep it at the forefront of modern society.

The World in a Nutshell

Choose to study in Dubai and you will certainly learn a lot about the unique and fascinating Emirati culture. A famous Arab proverb reads, “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.” When it comes to generosity and hospitality, Arabs lead the way and it is a key part of their tradition. They leave no stone unturned in making guests feel at home – you can expect to be invited for dinner at somewhere new at least once a week!

However, Emiratis only make up around 20% of the country’s population, with the rest coming from all corners of the globe and bringing their own culture and traditions. The majority of people speak fluent English, although a walk through one of the numerous malls will open you up to conversations in Arabic, Urdu, Chinese, and many other languages. Time spent in Dubai can really widen your knowledge and understanding of multiculturalism, which is an increasingly valued trait in the modern professional world.

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A Range of Education Choices

Dubai’s rapid growth is propelled by its tourism, retail and trade and gives students a range of opportunities to get jobs after completing their studies. Its stable economy and swift expansion has meant that world-leading universities have already decided to set up bases in the city.

Due to its unique status as a melting pot for all cultures of the world, and its willingness to invest heavily in education, respected institutions such as SAE, Heriot-Watt University and the Rochester Institute of Technology have established subsidiaries in Dubai. This is in addition to other universities such as American University Dubai, and the Canadian University Dubai, which ranks in the top 5% of universities in the Arab region.

An Emerging City

Almost every type of business is available within Dubai, and more recent projects, such as Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City, have brought 21st-century technology and communication in the world’s first Free Zone dedicated to e-business: media powerhouses such as the BBC, Sky News and AP, together with IT titans like HP and Microsoft. This means that if you’re looking for your dream job after your degree, you don’t need to look much further than Dubai. What’s more, workers in the UAE benefit from a completely tax-free salary, as the country does not tax income.

More industry leaders are expected to anchor in the city after it hosts the World Expo in 2020, with Siemens already pledging to set up a base in 2021. The 2020 World Expo will be the first one held in the Middle East, bringing pioneers from over 150 countries together and further demonstrating Dubai’s well-earned reputation as an innovator within the region. The benefits of hosting such an important event are clear. After hosting the 2010 World Expo, Shanghai was transformed into a thriving commercial super-district, which supported the economy to the tune of several billion dollars! Thousands of jobs have already been created in preparation for the event, with much more yet to come, which is not surprising - Dubai expect over 25 million visitors during the six-month event!

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A Global Experience at Your Doorstep

Within Dubai, there is a range of activities that mix modern with tradition and will more than happily take up your free time. From shopping in the world class malls to haggling in traditional souks, from riding camels through the desert, to skydiving over the Palm, the list of things to do is almost endless. In fact, just about the only thing you can’t do in Dubai is get bored!

If you fancy exploring a little further, a short trip to Abu Dhabi brings you closer to international locations such as the historic and beautiful Sheikh Zayed Mosque, as well its own branch of the Louvre and the Yas Marina Circuit – home to the world-famous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. There are also other attractions in neighbouring Emirates, such as the Sharjah Arts Museum, or Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, a mountain which boasts one of the highest peaks (and most stunning views) in the UAE.

On the Indian Ocean side of the UAE sits Fujairah, famous for beaches suited for snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. The whole country is surrounded by parts of the Sultanate of Oman, and its Hajar Mountains – full of breathtaking natural pools and hiking trails.

Dubai is also one of the central travel hubs of the world. Travel is easy and simple through one of the bustling international airports in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and there are a wealth of amazing experiences to be had in nearby countries – such as India, Kenya, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt to name just a few.

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About the Auhor: When he’s not geeking out over the latest Marvel films, Chris Davy is an English teacher who splits his time between Dubai and the UK.