Perched on the Persian Gulf, Dubai is the “City of Gold” in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that is proving to be a popular choice among international students.
But aside from its golden reputation and its luxurious appeal, why do so many students choose to study and live in Dubai?
According to Dubai travel expert Lara Brunt, tourism is a major temptation.
“Dubai is one of the most visited destinations in the world and home to a number of record-breakers, from the world’s tallest tower to the busiest international airport on the planet,” says Lara.
A safe city with a social heart
In the interactive map she helped create with the Dubai Department of Tourism, you will see that the city is overflowing with bustling sights and business hubs to explore.
For art enthusiasts, there’s the Dubai Design District (d3), or you can take a 10-minute stroll from the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and find a “a fabric fairyland” at the Textile Souk Market.
Or if you’re someone who occupies their study breaks with social hangouts, there’s a mile-long waterfront strip named Al Seef where you’ll find many restaurants, offices, cafes and shops.
But if you’re worried about exploring these places alone, or even with company, don’t be.
Dubai is one of the Top 5 Safest Cities in the world for 2020 according to crowd-sourced global database company Numbeo.
Source: USW Dubai
“It is very safe compared with other large cities across the globe, and street crime is rare. It’s also safe to take taxis at night, and walking around on your own is fine in most areas,” adds Lara.
An international magnet for businesses
If you choose to study and live in Dubai, you’ll be stationed at the centre of global business crossroads and living in a city that aims to be the smartest and happiest city in the world by 2021.
And because this city is already an international magnet for entrepreneurial minds and tech-hubs, you’ll surely find companies willing to broaden your skills and boost your career prospects along the way.
In fact, in the latest Labour Force Survey by Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC), Dubai demonstrated an unparalleled unemployment rate of 0.5 percent in 2018.
“The results illustrate the flexibility and strength of Dubai’s economy as it continues to record the lowest rates of unemployment in the world and one of the highest rates in economic participation,” said Executive Director of Dubai Statistics Centre Arif Al Mehairi.
These are also promising industry figures if you’re planning to work and live in Dubai after graduation.
A campus in a purpose-built city for business and industry
So if you want to study in a thriving industry hub, check out the University of South Wales (USW) campus in Dubai South.
For Lihidu Dharmasena, studying aircraft maintenance engineering in Dubai South with USW was the best choice he made for his career professional growth in the aviation industry.
“I chose USW Dubai because it’s located in one of the largest airports in the world, and it’s currently growing as they’re planning to bring more prestigious airlines here.
“After completing my diploma in the UK, the degree helps me to get a job, get promotions and go higher up the management chain. Dubai is a forever growing field in the aviation industry, so many opportunities are here for me,” he says.
Alongside British Bachelor and Masters courses in aerospace engineering, USW Dubai also offers multi-accredited postgraduate courses in aerospace engineering, business and management as well as cybersecurity.
The central campus is also home to state-of-the-art facilities which you can view through this campus tour.
For instance, it has the Snap-on Tools 80C Level 5 tool chest and its automatic tool tracking system.
As Lecturer Joshua Kitetu outlines, this piece of equipment is used in industry and gives you the practical skills needed to apply for jobs in the aircraft maintenance engineering industry.
Due to the campus’ excellent location, you’ll get key industry exposure at global events such as the World Expo 2020 and the Dubai Airshow. Plus, you’ll be close to plenty of shopping outlets, restaurants and coffee shops for your study breaks in Dubai South.
So if you want to move your career forward and live in Dubai, register your interest with USW Dubai.
Golden graduate career prospects await in the City of Gold.
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