• Overview

    The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates, is a country in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south and west, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north.

    Islam is the official religion and Arabic is the official language of the UAE. The UAE's oil reserves are the seventh-largest in the world while its natural gas reserves are the world's seventeenth-largest. The UAE's economy is the most diversified in the Gulf Cooperation Council, while it’s most populous city of Dubai is an important global city and international aviation and maritime trade hub.

  • Education System

    In the UAE, education is compulsory for all Emiratis children aged five and above, including expat residents. Primary and secondary education in state institutions is provided free for every UAE national up to the age of 18. The UAE education system is a four-tier system.

    Nursery Education – Nursery education in Dubai begins at a tender age with children of eighteen months to two years getting admitted to nursery schools. Basic English language speaking skills are developed in students of this age group.

    Kindergarten Education – Children of four to five years are admitted to Kindergarten where they get taught various subjects like English, Arabic, Mathematics, Music, and Art. At this level ‘Religion’ is also part of the syllabus and students are taught their respective religion.

    Primary Education – Students admitted to primary school are generally around six years. English is the main language of instruction in most primary schools. However, many other schools teach in Arabic and some in foreign languages such as Hindi, French as well Russian.

    Secondary Education – After completing primary school, students move to secondary or high schools. There are two kinds of high schools in Dubai, the ordinary schools that focus on academic subjects and the technical schools which focus on imparting specific skills in students.

    The education system through the secondary level is monitored by the Ministry of Education in all emirates except Abu Dhabi, where it falls under the authority of the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

    The public schools are government-funded and the curriculum is created to match the United Arab Emirates' development goals. The medium of instruction in the public school is Arabic with emphasis on English as a second language. There are also many private schools which are internationally accredited. Public schools in the country are free for citizens of the UAE, while the fees for private schools vary.

    The higher education system is monitored by the Ministry of Higher Education. The ministry also is responsible for admitting students to its undergraduate institutions.

    The UAE has shown a strong interest in improving education and research. Enterprises include the establishment of the CERT Research Centers and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Institute for Enterprise Development.

    In the cities, petty crimes such as tourist scams, pick pocketing or bag slashing are extremely rare and almost never heard of. 

    On-campus dormitories tend to have strict regulations for campus living, but there are also off-campus options where you can really live up the student life. Students are likely to find the residents warm, welcoming and willing to share their culture and learn about others.

    There is a good amount of security during festivals, concerts and outdoor events, and crowds are usually organized. Getting around Dubai at all hours of the day and night is safe, even for women taking taxis after the hours of operation of public transportation such as metro or buses. Women are highly respected in the local culture; crimes against women attract serious punishments by the law.

  • Post Study Work Opportunities

    International students have the option of both working during study as well as after study in UAE. The UAE Labor Law allows students to earn few extra bucks during their study period and post programme.

    The student part-time work regulation and permit applies to some 26,000 students enrolled at around two dozen academic institutions licensed by DCCA, primarily located in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Knowledge Park. Usually on campus work opportunities is seen as an opportunity to hone skills and as an extension of a student’s academic life on campus. Gaining hands-on experience is one of the best ways to put your academic skills to practical use. 

    Students are allowed to work for 15 hours a week or 60 hours a month only when the semester is in session. During summer breaks or when the academic session is not in progress, the students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per week, i.e. 160 hours per month. The salary received while working can be anywhere between 15 - 30 AED per hour, i.e. 273 - 546 INR per hour.

    To work off-campus in companies of your choice, you must first have an Employment Visa or else you will be exempted if found working on a student visa. There is no specific term period for work visa at UAE. Once the programme is complete and you have secured a full-time job in the UAE, you are one step closer to obtain an employment visa. To be able to work after study in UAE you must change from sponsored student visa to employer sponsored visa. Opportunities exist all over this culturally-diverse country, but most jobs in the UAE are found in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

    The main category of Dubai work visa is referred to as the “Residence permit for employment issued for an employee”. It permits an employee planning to work in Dubai in a private sector role to remain for up to three years. To qualify for this category of Dubai work permit, applicants must provide a range of evidence in support of their application. This includes medical proof that you are engaging in work in UAE, medical certificates, and other business-related information. 

    In the UAE many positions are advertised via recruitment agencies or online and while it may be unusual practice in your own country, don't be surprised to find job adverts specifically asking for a particular gender, age or nationality. 

    Employers prefer to hire fresh graduates who can hit the ground running. Having the right qualifications in addition to business-friendly soft-skills, something that you can only gain through first-hand experience of the workplace which significantly enhances your employment prospects.

  • Safety measures

    The UAE is one of the safest countries and peaceful place to study. The UAE has extremely low levels of violent and property crime and is generally considered a safe place to live. However, to avoid falling foul of the law you'll need to respect the country's Islamic culture and local customs. For example, public displays of affection, fighting, public drunkenness and swearing could land you in big trouble. Contrary to popular stereotypes the rules around dress are more liberal in expat or tourist areas, where it's acceptable to express your individual style. However, when out socially it's wise to err on the side of modesty.

    In the cities, petty crimes such as tourist scams, pick pocketing or bag slashing are extremely rare and almost never heard of. 

    On-campus dormitories tend to have strict regulations for campus living, but there are also off-campus options where you can really live up the student life. Students are likely to find the residents warm, welcoming and willing to share their culture and learn about others.

    There is a good amount of security during festivals, concerts and outdoor events, and crowds are usually organized. Getting around Dubai at all hours of the day and night is safe, even for women taking taxis after the hours of operation of public transportation such as metro or buses. Women are highly respected in the local culture; crimes against women attract serious punishments by the law.

  • Scholarships

    The United Arab Emirates government does not offer many scholarship schemes for international students, the government scholarships on offer are often reserved for UAE nationals only. However, some institutions in the country offer postgraduate study scholarships to foreign students. Few might also be eligible for funding from a UK organization, depending on what you study.

    Following are few list of scholarships offered to international students

    AlQasimi Foundation’s Doctoral Research Grants - Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation is offering Doctoral Research Grants for applicants of all nationalities in the United Arab Emirates or abroad. Applicant must be a current PhD student at an accredited university in good academic standing.
    The Grant covers all student expenses associated with their field research in the United Arab Emirates, including return airfares, furnished accommodation for up to 12 months, a stipend to cover living costs, and research support

    United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) Scholarships - United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is offering scholarships for Emirati and international students. These UAEU scholarships are offered for those who want to pursue their graduate program at Emirati and international in UAE

    Graduate Research Scholarships for International PhD Students in UAE - The United Arab Emirates University is making available Graduate Research Scholarships for international PhD students. Scholarships provide a full package of benefits, which includes a full tuition waiver, monthly stipend, housing or housing allowance, health insurance, and research support.

    IMT Scholarships for International Students in Dubai - IMT Dubai is calling for applications for offers at IMT Scholarships for International Students in Dubai, 2020. Scholarships are available for international students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate programme.
    The mission of IMT Dubai is to develop young leaders and professionals who are business ready, socially responsible and aware of challenges such as sustainability, ethics, environment, and multi-cultural societies

    Arturo Falaschi ICGEB Postdoctoral Fellowships - Fellowships are awarded for postdoctoral research programme at the ICGEB laboratories located in Trieste and Monterotondo (Italy), New Delhi (India) and Cape Town (South Africa). Applicants should be holders of a recent Ph.D. or have at least 3 year’s research experience. Preference will be given to candidates below the age of 35.

    Research Grant Scholarship For Doctorate Students - The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is pleased to announce the availability of new scholarships for Doctorate students.  The scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to candidates who are accepted in a Doctorate program and are selected by the principal investigators to join their research projects as student researchers

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  • Climate

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a desert climate, characterized by pleasantly mild winters and very hot, sunny summers, with the humidity of the Persian Gulf that makes the heat unbearable. It’s usually being sunny during the day but at night it becomes very cold. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 50 °C (122.0 °F) on the coastal plain.

    The country enjoys a sub-tropical climate, which ranges from 10 degrees in the winter to 50 degrees in the summer. In Abu Dhabi, the daily average temperature ranges from 18 degrees Celsius (64 °F) in January (so, we are at the boundary between the subtropical and the tropical climate) to around 35 °C (95 °F) in August. 

  • Culture

    There are seven separate emirates that make up the UAE: Umm Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, and Abu Dhabi. In addition, each of these individual emirates has its own exclusive culture. Although English and standard Arabic are the principal languages of these areas, you are also likely to come across those who speak Punjabi, Egyptian Spoken Arabic, Somali, Tagalog, Bengali, and a host of other languages. Students come from all over the world to study at UAE universities, so choosing to study abroad here is a sure way to experience diverse cultures from all around the world.

    Emirati culture is based on Arabian culture and has been influenced by the cultures of Persia, India, and East Africa. Arabian and Persian inspired architecture is part of the expression of the local Emirati identity. Persian influence on Emirati culture is noticeably visible in traditional Emirati architecture and folk arts. Liwa is a type of music and dance performed locally, mainly in communities that contain descendants of Bantu peoples from the African Great Lakes region. The Dubai Desert Rock Festival is also another major festival consisting of heavy metal and rock artists. 

    The United Arab Emirates has a diverse society. Major holidays in the United Arab Emirates include Eid al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, and National Day (2 December), which marks the formation of the United Arab Emirates. Emirati males prefer to wear a kandura, an ankle-length white tunic woven from wool or cotton, and Emirati women wear an abaya, a black over-garment that covers most parts of the body.

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