Best Universities in Dubai - Top Ranked Universities In UAE

Written by Muhammad Qadeer

In recent years, Dubai has been in a process of transitioning into a knowledge-based economy with a strong focus on higher education. The vision is to give shape to an entrepreneurial ecosystem where people can pursue higher education in any stream and get an edge over their contemporaries. From internationally recognized business schools and medical colleges to niche arts and crafts centers and tech institutes, Dubai’s higher education landscape is one of the best in the world.

There are quite a few universities and institutes dotted all around Dubai with Dubai Knowledge Park Dubai International Academic City designated as academic districts home to the leading higher education institutions in the city. In this blog, we look at the best higher education institutes and universities in Dubai.

1. Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is one of the leading US-based universities having a campus in Dubai. With a focus on research, the university is applauded as publishing a healthy number of research papers every year. RIT offers enrolment in programs that are accredited by KHDA and the Ministry of Higher Education. Located in Dubai SIlicon Oasis, RIT is the go to choice for aspiring engineering and technology students.

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2. SP Jain School of Global Management - Top International University in Dubai

SP Jain School of Global Management

SP Jain School of Global Management also has its roots in the US - providing the best in class undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral programs in business studies. Their campus located in International City is equipped with state-of-the-art teaching aids, a well-stocked library, multiple training rooms, video-conferencing facility and an on-campus cafeteria. The university also has a boarding facility near International City. SP Jain School of Global Management is ideal for those who wish to become business entrepreneurs in the near future.

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3. Middlesex University Dubai

Middlesex University Dubai

Having opened in 2005, Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the celebrated UK university. With a huge campus, the university caters to more than 3000 students from different nationalities. Middlesex University Dubai offers an array of disciplines; including law, business, media, art and design, and health and education. All programs offered by the university are second to none. The university is located in block 16 of Knowledge Park.

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4. University of Dubai

university of dubai

The University of Dubai is a government-backed higher education institution that enjoys immense popularity among local as well as international students. The university has three distinct branches - namely Dubai Business School, College of Engineering and IT and College of Law. The university is fully accredited and offers merit-based scholarships as well as discounts to students. The university is located in Academic City, near Exit 49.

5. Heriot-Watt University - One Of The Top International University in Dubai

Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University is consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in the whole of UAE. The university opened its doors in 2005, the university offers more than 50 accredited programs and courses ranging from business, law, media, fashion designing, psychology, to name a few. Heriot-Watt’s teaching philosophy is very hands-on - with special focus on the interpersonal development of students through workshops, seminars, role plays and purpose-built labs.The university is located in Academic City.

6. Zayed University Dubai

Zayed University Dubai

Another indigenous university in our list is the prestigious Zayed University Dubai. With campuses in other Emirates too, the university is a hallmark par excellence. It offers undergraduate, post graduate programmes in arts, business, media sciences, technology, health sciences, civics and humanities. The university is among the few to be accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In its bid to make higher education accessible to all, the university offers merit and need based scholarships.

7. Other Leading Universities in Dubai

Leading Universities in Dubai


For those looking to enrol in medicine, Dubai Medical University Hospital, Fakeeh University Hospital Dubai and Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences are excellent options.

Fashion Design

For those aspiring to become fashion designers, the best institutes are Heriot-Watt University and Canadian University Dubai.


Aspiring law practitioners can seek admission in Middlesex University Dubai or University of Birmingham Dubai - both of which hail from the UK.

Lastly, for those looking to attain higher education but with budgetary constraints, they can look into universities such as Al Dar University College, Al Ghurair University, and Canadian University Dubai.

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