The city of Dubai, vibrant and wonderful as it is, is fast gaining a reputation as a study hub in the Middle East.
With foreign universities such as Michigan, Rochester, Wollongong, Murdoch and others opening campuses in this dazzling desert in especially designated areas like Academic City and Knowledge Village, one wonders if the education provided by these universities is up to mark, and if one can actually get an education of Western standards in the Middle East.

There are sizable numbers of universities and colleges in Dubai.

Dubai’s educational institutions include three public government-run universities and more than 60 private universities and colleges.
The three important public universities are: Higher Colleges of Technology, Zayed University and University of Dubai.

It’s worth mentioning the five top international universities based in Dubai:

  1. British University in Dubai (BUiD)
  2. The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)
  3. American College of Dubai (ACD)
  4. Al Ghurair University (AGU)
  5. The American University

In the latest (2015) report from Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) the number of ‘Outstanding’ schools in Dubai has increased by two to 14 schools, while the number of students getting what the KHDA considers a top tier education is up by 6%.








The bar has just been raised for Dubai schools.

Not only the Middle East hub for the educational sector but also the aim to conquer the Healthy and Happy School Award.

Besides aspiring to the best ratings during the annual school inspections, they can now compete for a Healthy and Happy School Award.

Hind Al Mualla, chief of Creativity, Happiness and Innovation at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), said the award has been designed to recognize schools that are working to create a healthy environment for their students.

“There are a number of innovative practices that schools have introduced and they need to be highlighted and recognized.”


The parameter

The award will go to the school that demonstrates and provides evidence on a number of parameters.

They include promotion of healthy eating, holistic living and creation of a positive work and study environment.
While healthy eating pointers will look at how the school encourages students to make healthy food choices and limits the availability of unhealthy foods on campus, holistic living criteria include the provision of a range of physical and mindfulness activities that are implemented. The third aspects pertains to the creation of an environment to support social-emotional learning where every child is physically safe, emotionally secure and psychologically enabled to learn and grow.

Schools can apply until May 5. The winners will be announced during the What Works Fusion forum on May 23.

How to apply

Submission has to be in the form of a video, no longer than three minutes, uploaded on Vimeo/YouTube or a Prezi presentation.
Links need to be sent with a 200-word introduction.




In a city where technology is frame and picture of every building and every aspect of ordinary life, here comes the Dubai Smart City project.

It will create a sustainable high quality of life built on six pillars — Smart Economy, Smart Living, Smart Mobility, Smart Governance, Smart Environment and Smart People.
It will also connect students, teachers and institutions from all over the world through any device.

The technology is pushing the possibilities and so is the growing demand pulling the process.