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Dubai Knowledge Village overview - artist's impression

Knowledge Village, Dubai (DKV or KV)

Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV or KV) is a Free Zone in Dubai which focuses on educational organisations with a range of companies and services from consultants to universities and training institutes. DKV was launched in September 2003 and has grown rapidly since then - you'll know all about it when trying to find a car park in the steaming mid-summer sun.

There are universities from a number of countries with a branch in DKV, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, India, Iran, Ireland, Pakistan, Russia, UK; providing educational facilities for students from all nationalities. Some of the students even find it a worthwhile learning experience. Or something.

As of September 2007, DKV has 450 companies with 69 of them setting up in 2007, according to their latest press release. DKV has been a very successful initiative, providing expats with many tertiary level study opportunities. Before DKV was launched, university level education was very limited and most expats (and nationals) sent their children to colleges overseas after finishing secondary school. That's not to say that DKV quite ranks with Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Harvard, the Sorbonne, etc. In fact it probably has some way to go but it's getting there and is definitely a viable option when considering education at that level.

There are also a significant number of training institutes and consultants in the field of education and HR. Whatever you want in those areas, you're bound to find someone there who can help you out. Eventually, Dubai Academic City will be the place for schools, universities and colleges while Dubai Knowledge Village will be more focused on training institutes and academic support services.

  • Phase I - 450,000 sq ft, established 2002.
  • Phase II - an additional 6 blocks, 600,000 sq ft. Currently 16 universities and around 200 other educational institutes and service providers in phases 1 and 2.
  • Phase III - located in Dubai Academic City (DAC), 300 million dhs, 1 million square feet, expected to have 2500 students in several universities opening for 2007-2008 academic year including Esmod (a French fashion school), Heriot Watt University (already open in DAC), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), MAHE - Manipal Dubai (moving from KV in Al Sufouh) and S P Jain Centre of Management.
  • CEO of Dubai Knowledge Village is Dr Abdulla Al Karam.
  • Director of Dubai Knowledge Village is Ibrahim Jamel (January 2009 information)
  • Dr Ayoub Kazim is the Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City.
Dubai International Academic City (DIAC)

Another Dubai Knowledge Village initiative, located in Dubai Academic City (DAC) as a base for higher education. Which DAC already is, but DIAC will be the snobs corner apparently - only for 'prestigious' international universities. All DKV universities are supposed to have moved to Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) by 2010 (but probabaly won't).

Events organised by Dubai Knowledge Village
  • The Breakfast Club - a networking event held every quarter for human development professionals.
  • Small Business Incubator (SBI) workshop - for newly born businesses, not humans.
  • Annual Training and HR Open Day
Colleges and Universities in Knowledge Village
Name Type of institute Contact Curriculum Qualifications
Allied Institute of Management Studies college tel +971-4-4464284  Indian/UK NCC, XLRI
Amity University Dubai university tel +971-4-4554900  Indian BBA, BSc, BTech, MBA
Cambridge College International Dubai college tel +971-4-3754141  Australian
Canada International College Dubai college tel +971-4-4389595   ACCA, TOEFL, ESL, IELTS
Cello Kids Club nursery school renamed  
Center for Executive Education Dubai college tel +971-4-3900990  UK HND, Diplomas
Dublin Business School in Dubai college tel +971-4-3671292  Ireland BA (Hons), SAT, GMAT, more
Education Zone FZ LLC Dubai college tel +971-4-3910257  
EMDI Institute Dubai college tel +971-4-3671145  Indian Diploma, Certificate
European University College Brussels Dubai university tel +971-4-3672323   BBA, MBA, languages
Exeter University Dubai university  UK EdD
Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training college tel +971-4-3748225  UK Edexcel BTEC (HNC)
Human Relations Institute Dubai college tel +971-4-3658498  
Islamic Azad University university tel +971-4-3664696  Iranian BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD
JSS Academy Dubai college  Indian HND, MSc
K12 International Academy K-12 school tel +971-4-3748247  US, Home School US, UAE HS Diploma
Little Hands Kids Club Knowledge Village nursery school tel +971-4-4489267  UK Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
Manchester Business School Dubai university tel +971-4-4468664  UK MBA, DBA
Manhattan Film Academy Dubai college tel +971-4-2096405  
Manipal Academy Dubai college renamed  Indian BA, BBA, BSc, MBA, MSc
Michigan State University Dubai university tel +971-4-4465147  US BSc, MSc, MA
Middlesex University Dubai university tel +971-4-3678100  UK BA, BSc, MA, MSc, MBA, TESOL
My Campus Professional Training Academy college tel +971-4-3622037  Indian
PIM International Center Dubai university closed Nov 2009  Sri Lanka MBA, DBA, PhD, Diploma
Russian University Dubai university tel +971-4-3625313  Russian Bachelor, Master's degree
SAE Institute Dubai college tel +971-4-3616173   BA, Diploma, short courses
Shahid Beheshti University Dubai university tel +971-4-3625102  Iranian BA, MA, PhD
Stafford Associates Dubai college tel +971-4-3901685  UK HNC, HND, BA, BSc, MA, MBA, MSc, PhD
Stafford University Dubai university  UK Bachelor, Master, PhD, LLB, MBA
Syracuse University Dubai university  US
UAE University Knowledge Village university tel +971-4-3671700  
University of Bradford Dubai university tel +971-4-4393694  UK Executive MBA
University of Connecticut Dubai university suspended  US
University of New Brunswick Dubai university closed  Canadian BISc, MBA
University of Phoenix Dubai university tel +971-4-3754555  US Bachelors, Masters, MBA
University of Southern Queensland Dubai university closed Aug 2005  Australian BBA, BIT, BMC, MBA, MIT
University of Wollongong Dubai university tel +971-4-3672400  Australian BBA, BCom, BIT, MBA, DBA, PhD
Webpreneur University university  
Zayed International College university tel +971-4-4021483  UAE BSc
Zayed University Knowledge Village university tel +971-4-4021483  UAE

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

Last update Saturday 27-Sep-2014
Related pages
Related websites (new window)
  • www.kv.ae - official website for Dubai Knowledge Village, has search function on programs/courses/qualifications to select an institute.
  • www.mashup.ae - excellent guide to student life in the UAE with forum and student news but where did it go? Tell us in the www.mashup.ae topic if you know.


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