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Dubai Academic City

Dubai Academic City (DAC), was established after the successful development of Knowledge Village (DKV / KV) near Dubai Internet City, with the official launch in May 2006. The intention is for Academic City to be a base for schools, colleges and universities, while Knowledge Village will house training institutes and educational service organisations. Total area of DAC is expected to cover 129 million sq ft and the development is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

  • Knowledge Village (rather than Knowlege City / Knowledge Park) is near Dubai Marina, between Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Internet City in the Al Sufouh area of Dubai.
  • Dubai Academic City (rather than Dubai Academic Village or Town, or Academic Park) is in Al Ruwayyah / Ruwaya off the the Dubai-Al Ain Rd. The exit is signposted as you're heading to Al Ain, if you see a large submarine shaped building on your left then you've missed it.
Dubai International Academic City

Just to confuse you, there is Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) contained within DAC. DIAC is the free zone for tertiary institutes. However, primary, secondary and K-12 schools are part of DAC but not DIAC. Or something like that. Executive Director of DIAC is Dr Ayoub Kazim (and also of KV). By 2015, DIAC expects to have almost 40,000 students attending 40 different institutes. DIAC facilities include

  • Food outlet area with 10 stores
  • Rixama Student Accommodation (under development?)
  • Dubai International Academic City Phase I and II consists of Blocks 1-8?
  • Dubai International Academic City Phase III consists of Blocks 9-12?
Dubai International Academic City International Student Identity Card (DIAC ISIC)
  • The DIAC International Student Identity Card (ISIC) announced on 12 September 2009, will be co-branded with the Jawaz lifestyle card - a partnership with DIAC and the ISIC Association.
  • ISIC Association (ISICA?) is a member of the World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC).
  • ISIC card is recognised by educational institutions and government bodies worldwide.
  • The card enables students to obtain travel discounts on trains, airlines, and in accommodation.
  • Full-time students at Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV) also eligible for the ISIC card.
  • JAWAZ-ISIC card will include access to student recreation and accommodation at DIAC.
Institutions at Dubai Academic City
Name Type of institute Contact Curriculum Qualifications
Al Ghurair University university tel +971-4-4200223   BBA, BSc, BA
American College of the Emirates college  UAE Associate, Bachelor
American University of the Emirates university tel +971-4-4291200  UAE Associate, Bachelor, MA, MBA
Amity University Dubai university tel +971-4-4554900  Indian BBA, BSc, BTech, MBA
BITS Pilani Dubai college tel +971-4-4200700  Indian BE (Hons), ME, MSc, MBA
Blossom Nursery Dubai Academic City nursery school tel +971-4-4214458  UK EYFS, Reggio Emilia
British University in Dubai university tel +971-4-3913626  UK MSc, MEd, PhD, EdD DEd, PGDE
DPS Academy Dubai K-12 school tel +971-4-3265556  Indian ICSE
Dubai Aerospace University university closed  US
Dubai Early Child Development Centre nursery school tel +971-4-3260300  Support Services UAE Special Needs
Dubai English Speaking College secondary school tel +971-4-3604866  UK A-level, GCSE, NC
EIBFS Dubai college tel +971-4-6070444  Arabic, UAE BSc, Diploma, IELTS
Emirates College for Financial Sciences college tel +971-4-6070444  Arabic, UAE BSc, Diploma
French Fashion University Dubai university tel +971-4-4291228  French BA, diploma
Hamdan eTQM University university tel +971-4-4241111   BA, MA, MSc
HCT Dubai Mens College college tel +971-4-3260333  UAE Diploma, Bachelors, Masters, MBA
Heriot Watt University Dubai university tel +971-4-4358700  UK BA, BBA, BSc, BEng, MA, MSc, PhD
Imam Malik College for Islamic Shariah and Law college tel +971-4-4370373   Bachelor
Institute of Management Technology Dubai college tel +971-4-4227244  Indian BBA, MBA
Lycee Francais International Georges Pompidou secondary school tel +971-4-3260026  French
Manipal University Dubai university tel +971-4-4291214  Indian BA, BBA, BE, BSc, MBA, MSc
MSU Dubai Academy college tel +971-4-4361500  US Certificate
Murdoch University Dubai university tel +971-4-4355700  Australian MBA, MEd, BCom, BSc, Bachelors
National Institute for Vocational Education Dubai college tel +971-4-3694000  UK BTEC
Quaid i Azam University Dubai university planned  Pakistan
Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai university tel +971-4-5015566  US MBA, MEng, MSc
SP Jain Center of Management Dubai college tel +971-4-4291234  Indian BBA, MBA, EMBA
St Joseph University Dubai university tel +971-4-3752835  Arabic, Lebanese LLB
SZABIST Dubai university tel +971-4-3664601  Pakistan BBA, BIT, BS, MBA, MSc
Union International Indian School K-12 school renamed  Indian ICSE
Universal Empire Institute of Technology college closed  Indian MBA, MA, BA, BCom, BEd, Diplomas
University of Dubai university tel +971-4-5566800  UAE, UK, US BBA, LLM, MBA, MS, PhD
University of Waterloo Dubai university tel +971-4-3260333  Canadian BE, BEng, CFA, PRM
Zayed University Academic City university tel +971-4-4021111  UAE BA, BEd, BSc, MA, MSc, MEd, MBA

To add a college or university in DAC or DIAC to this list, start a new topic in the Dubai university forum.

Institutions expected to establish in or move to Dubai Academic City
Last update Sunday 07-Mar-2010
Related pages
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  • www.diacedu.ae - Dubai International Academic City website - tertiary education free zone within DAC
  • www.mashup.ae - great site for students but is offline? Reply in the www.mashup.ae topic if you know what happened.


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