Dubai is a proud location for having campuses of one of the premium institutes of the world. Dubai has much more to offer than shopping and tourism. Studying in Dubai could be a life altering experience. Ministry of Education has prepared a policy which shows the strategy for further educational development in UAE. There is lot of benefits of studying in Dubai:
It’s a wonderful place, closer to home
Similar culture as majority of the population in the UAE is from South Asia
Upon graduation and once students find a job they can avail a tax free salary
During studies students are not permitted to work however if they are able to get an employment visa they can change their students visa to an employment visa and work full time and study as well
Dubai’s geographical location has made it an important trading hub, it’s an important port. Dubai City has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai's economy was built on the oil industry, the emirate's model of business drives its economy. Its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services, similar to that of Western countries. Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects and sports events.
The Islamic dress code is not compulsory, unlike in neighboring Saudi Arabia. In contrast, the city of Dubai is a highly cosmopolitan society with a diverse and vibrant culture. In 2005, 84% of the population of metropolitan Dubai was foreign-born, about half of them from India.
Dubai has a hot arid climate. As of 2007, Dubai was the 8th most visited city of the world. Dubai is expected to accommodate over 15 million tourists by 2015. Dubai is the most populous emirate of the seven emirates of United Arab Emirates. It is distinct from other members of the UAE in that a large part of the emirate's revenues are from tourism.
To assure prospective students, that the academic programs offered by institutions licensed in the U.A.E. meet international standards, each program must be individually accredited by CAA which is Commission for Academic Accredition.
There many uniersities which offer international courses in knowledge park. Such universities have complete international currilculum and recognition of the degree courses.
Although Dubai's economy was built on the oil industry, real estate and construction, trade and financial services are the largest contributors to Dubai's economy. Dubai is the top exporting and re-exporting destinations to different countries including India. The emirate's top import sources are again India, China and the USA. As of 2009 India was Dubai's largest trade partner. As of 2007, Dubai was the 8th most visited city of the world.
Students with full time work offer after studies must change from the university sponsored visa to an employer sponsored visa to work full time in Dubai. Employer sponsored visas are not given for part time work.
The cost of living is expensive in the UAE. University accommodation will be cheaper than renting. Transportation is also expensive as there is little public transport. International students should budget at least AED 3000 to AED 6000 per month, depending on whether you stay on or off campus. This will include utilities, accommodation, transport, food, and entertainment.
Most of the universities have accommodation facilities and will be less expensive than private accommodation expenses. On campus accommodation is separated by gender. Private accommodation is expensive and you might be required to pay a whole year’s rent in advance. Campus accommodation cost approximately 3000 AED whereas private rented accommodations are approx. 5000 AED.
The UAE universities generally only offer scholarships to their own nationals. However, the international campuses in the UAE do offer some form of scholarship or bursary; for example, University of Wollongong-Dubai and Murdoch University do offer scholarships to international students.
Students may take up unpaid internships but must obtain permission from the university before commencement. Students might also be able to take up unpaid work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Some of the institutions are located in special educational zones and unpaid internships might be allowed within the zones.