DUBAI

Culture

Dubai has a very diverse and vibrant culture. You will see the influence of Islamic and Arab culture in its architecture, music; dress, food, and general lifestyle Muslims are called to prayer from the ‘minarets of mosques’, which are scattered around the city.  Dubai has become a global city and attracts world attention through many pioneering large building projects and sports events. The city has become symbolic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings.

See the city from a different perspective - take a trip to the Observation Deck located on level 124 of the tallest building in the world, the 'BurjKhalifa' skyscraper (as seen in Mission Impossible 4). This skyscraper is Dubai's new urban masterpiece (www.burjkhalifa.ae).

Don’t forget the golden beaches on your doorstep. Some stretches of sand are accessible for a fee, but a free public beach is found at Al Mamzar or for AED 5 Jumeirah Beach Park. A free stretch of sand runs the length of Umm Suqeim, known as Kite Beach due to its popularity with the city's kite-surfers.

Appreciate some of Dubai’s vibrant and contemporary art galleries. Check out XVA Gallery or Majlis Gallery www.xvagallery.com, www.themajlisgallery.com

Alternatively head to Dubai’s small but interesting Dubai Museum, located in the Al Fahidi Fort built in 1787. This is the oldest existing building in Dubai.

Dubai is known for really cheap gold. Even if you’re not buying be amazed in Gold Souk, a traditional market lined with hundreds of jewellery stores located in the heart of Dubai's commercial business in Deira.

There are a plethora of restaurants. Fancy splashing out; try British chefs Gary Rhodes' Grosvenor House Hotel or Gordon Ramsay's Hilton Dubai Creek restaurant You will find an excellent Chinese restaurant, Noble House, in the Raffles Hotel. On a budget, why not try one of the restaurants in Al Dhiyafah Road so you can people-watch while enjoying food from the Lebanon, Iran or India. Pakistani Ravi Restaurant is regarded as one of the city's best regarded curry houses (good value too!)

Fancy a bit of retail therapy?  Here you will find some very familiar names in the malls The Souk Madinat www.jumeirah.com/en/Hotels-and-Resorts/Destinations/Dubai/Madinat-Jumeirah is inside the MadinatJumeirah Hotel has its own waterway to transfer people from its shops, bars and restaurants.

Fancy a bit of skiing between shopping then try the enormous Mall of the Emirates www.malloftheemirates.com which has an indoor ski slope with real snow. Or for the world's largest shopping mall visit the BurjKhalifa complex and head to the Dubai Mall with its 1,200 shops www.thedubaimall.com

The national obsession in Dubai is Golf. The Emirates Golf Club hosts the annual Dubai Desert Classic. Have a go at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. If you don’t fancy their par-72 course have some fun with their ‘pitch 'n' putt’ course (www.dubaigolf.com)

Catch the latest blockbuster and if you use your student ID most offer discounted prices. Reel Cinemas, the largest in Dubai, located in The Dubai Mall has 22 screens www.thedubaimall.com

Food

A big concern for many of our students is whether they will ‘survive’ the culture and miss their traditional foods. Rest assured that Dubai is a very diverse country and you are bound to find restaurants that cater for your local cuisine and/or get together with others from your countries and cook together. However a big part of studying in Dubai is all about learning the culture and joining into the Dubai way of life.

Arabic food is the main type of food in Dubai but there are many different types of food in Dubai to cater for a diverse population.

Shawarma made with lamb or chicken and mixed with tomatoes and pickle is very similar to a kebab and one of the most popular foods in Dubai. Falafel is a spicy mix of chickpeas and different spices, deep-fried and served in pitta bread. Arabic roti is very tasty bread served with Indian curry.

Most students learn to get together and cook in their years at university. This is by far the cheapest and most economical way to get through your studies. The universities we work with have a diverse range of nationalities and as such you are bound to find others from your country or region that you can get together with. In Dubai you will find a good selection of Kenyan, Nigeria, Ghanaian and Pakistani food outlets and restaurants.

Transportation

Taxis are the most common way of getting around although they are very costly Metered cabs are recognized by their cream color. The minimum fare is AED 10 within Dubai (http://dubai-taxi.com/dubai-taxi-corp/taxi-fares). Fares will vary from place to place and are more expensive in the evenings, at weekends and during public holidays.

 An interesting way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira is by water taxi across the Dubai Creek. The water taxi service also runs past the historical sites of Old Dubai and through Festival City. The fare starts from AED 2 for a red ticket.

 Coaches offer efficient travel between major cities. Further information can be found at: www.etihadairways.com/en-gb/experience-etihad/etihad-express

 Buses are a very convenient way of getting around - Public transport can be inexpensive if used with student discounts on offer. Dubai bus costs around Dh.1.00 to Dh.6.00 depending on the length of the journey. http://bus.rtaprojects.me

 There are many airlines that fly to Dubai; try a comparison website like Expedia www.expedia.co.uk/Flights or Sky Scanner www.skyscanner.net. These will search many providers for the flight you are looking for. There also many international airlines that flies to Dubai: Etihad Airways: www.etihadairways.com; Emirates: www.emirates.com; British Airways: www.britishairways.com

The metro is a cheap and convenient way to get around the city. The cost for a red ticket is AED 2 and valid for 90 days. Getting cards ie Blue, Silver and Gold ticket offer larger discounts and they can be recharged once the units on them are exhausted. Visit the website for details: http://dubaimetro.eu. The following link will take you to a map of the metro: www.godubai.com/dubaimetro/dubaimetromap.html 

Weather

The weather in Dubai is generally hot and humid with a high daily average of sun hours.  The skies over Dubai are generally completely blue with little cloud cover.

Most of the rainfall in Dubai occurs between December and March but is short and irregular.

During the summer months from June until September the daily temperature can reach over 40°C.

Between December and March the temperature cools down to a more comfortable level but during the evenings and nights the temperatures can drop considerably more which is why during the cooler months you may need warm clothing. 

Average temperatures in Dubai (°C):

Accomodation

Accommodation in Dubai can include homestays, halls of residence/dormitories, house share or private lodgings depending on the student’s preference or choice and the budget the said student has. Homestays involve staying with a host family who provide room and board as well as feeding and companionship during your schooling. These host families are registered with the school and staying with them can help students adapt faster to the Arabic system.

Halls of residence/ dormitories are provided by the school. Many universities have accommodation located on or near their campus. Room sizes vary in size and quality.  Many have shared facilities (kitchens, toilets, showers, laundry). Some universities can offer shared or private rooms. There may be the option for meals plans that can be included in the cost of the room.  

House share involves getting an apartment independently and this gives students privacy. If you prefer a more independent living environment the many universities can assist with arrangements. Private accommodation options have kitchen facilities, are often shared with other students. You would prepare your own meals as the cost of feeding is not included.

It is advisable that accommodation arrangements are made before travelling so as not to get stranded or pay extra fees concerning where to stay on arrival.

Why study in Dubai

Dubai can offer high quality education of both undergraduate and postgraduate students with world class teaching and practical, leading-edge research

A typical degree in Dubai is significantly cheaper than studying the same course at a UK or Australian campus. In addition, getting a Dubai visa takes very little time through us and is relatively straight forward.

Dubai is home to about 1.9 million people from nearly 200 nationalities, Dubai has a growing reputation as one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world so living and studying in Dubai has a lot to offer.

In Dubai the sun shines almost every day, the shopping and leisure facilities are world class, and the salaries are tax-free. Dubai has been named as the best resort in the region of the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Central Asia

Dubai is safe, politically stable, centrally located and has a good education system and the healthcare facilities, modern infrastructure are excellent. The transport system is both affordable and first class

Living in Dubai is exciting and something new and different happens on a regular basis. Just when you think you've seen it all, a new project is announced, whether it is the launch of a sports stadium, a mega commercial tower, a residential enclave or yet another shopping mall! Dubai is constantly on the move, striving for greater heights and more facilities and comfort for its residents and visitors.