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Abu Dhabi: A world in one city!

As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is a vibrant hub of seemingly endless opportunities in education, business, arts, culture, tourism, leisure and more.

Abu Dhabi offers a unique combination of tradition and modernity. Students choosing Abu Dhabi will have an exceptional opportunity to better understand Emirati life and culture while enjoying a unique lifestyle. Whether you want to experience the beautiful sand dunes of ancient Liwa, the historic fortress and oasis city of Al Ain, the Arabian Gulf and its pristine waters, traditional food, dances or poetry, Abu Dhabi is a unique destination to have a true taste of Arabian hospitality.

From its natural beauty to its sensational architecture, sunny climate, fashionable hotspots and more, it is a magnet for adventurous students from all cultures. Its recreational attractions are a marvel for tourists and residents alike.

Attracting people from all over the world to experience its unique heritage and cultural blend, Abu Dhabi continues to flourish. To fully position the city as the cultural capital of the Middle East, the Emirate is now attracting some of the best museums in the world in the dedicated cultural district of Saadiyat Island. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, designed by Jean Nouvel, will be adding international exposure to the planned Norman Foster-designed Sheikh Zayed Museum, and others, altogether proposing a unique artistic concentration in the region.

A city with a cultural history spanning thousands of years, having been the first place humans settled outside of Africa around 150,000 years ago, the first documented culture is the Umm an-Nar Bronze Age culture that began in 2,700 BCE. Since then, Islamic invasion in the 7th century established Julfar (present day Ras al Khaimah) as the naval base for the conquest of Iran. In the centuries that followed, Julfar blossomed into a wealthy pearling capital and a crucial hub for merchant trade across the Indian Ocean. The arrival of the Portuguese in the Gulf in the 16th century sparked a struggle for domination among European powers, during which the local Qawasim power emerged. By the 1790s, Abu Dhabi had become a major pearling hub and the present day ruling family (Al Nahyan) moved there from Liwa. From 1820, the British signed a series of agreements with the sheikhs of the individual emirates, paving the way for what became known as the Trucial States.

The Trucial States federated after 71 years, forming the UAE, and the first 30 years of the federal emirate of Abu Dhabi have brought with them numerous exciting developments, all complemented, and helped, by Abu Dhabi’s policies of openness and tolerance, attracting many different nationalities worldwide. In a country where the Nationals represent less than 20% of the total population, the leadership is tirelessly promoting values of tolerance, moderation and acceptance of others. The value of respect is the promise that Abu Dhabi makes to its citizens and residents, to visitors and business partners. This includes respect to the local culture and traditions as well as to all cultures and traditions from the various nationalities living in the UAE.

Over the last decade, Abu Dhabi has been consistently among the world’s fastest growing economies. Between 2000 and 2010, the emirate’s GDP grew 238%, foreign trade 257% and investment 433%. Today the Economic Vision 2030 aims to diversify its economy away from hydrocarbon into several strategic, sustainable and high added-value sectors such as education, healthcare, media, renewable energy, logistics, aerospace and industry among others, offering a larger scope of opportunities to Nationals and residents alike.

This diversification has created dynamic career pathways for our graduates in numerous industries across the Emirate. Abu Dhabi is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the world’s most popular cities, and what is only a vacation fantasy for people around the world is an everyday reality for our students!

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