Abu Dhabi University


The dream began with the Charter of Abu Dhabi University in the year 2000, by his Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and other distinguished citizens of the United Arab Emirates. After three years of planning, the university opened its doors in September 2003, to 1,000 students in its two campuses in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Before enrolling students, Abu Dhabi University has taken all necessary procedures to secure accreditation for all its degree programs from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The founders of the university envisioned an institution that would be among the best in the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian Gulf region and throughout the world. This is a great challenge for a new institution of higher learning, but one that can and will be attained in the years ahead. Abu Dhabi University's programs, encompassing a variety of different cultures and structures, mirror the past and present of our society and anticipate the emerging future needs of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees based on the American model of higher education, as well as several professional diploma and postgraduate programs, utilizing the British system of postsecondary education. The official language of the university is English; however, the university offers degree and diploma programs both in English and Arabic. The English Language Institute at Abu Dhabi University assists students to improve their English language skills to help them study university programs regardless of their previous language proficiencies.

Abu Dhabi University is licensed by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and Scientific Research, and all of its degree programs have received accreditation by the Ministry. The University is also accredited across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) And all its degree programs are recognized by the various Ministries of Education in these countries. In addition, Abu Dhabi University is accredited in Jordan, Syria, Turkey and Iran.

Location and Campuses

The University of Abu Dhabi is based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest city in the country and boasts some of the finest parks in the Middle East. The city cultivates vibrant commercial and government sectors and is located on an expansive island just off the Abu Dhabi Emirate mainland.

Al Ain, the home city of the President, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is a beautiful oasis in the desert of the Emirate. Often referred to as the Garden City of the Emirates, Al Ain is renowned, both for its architecture and tree lined boulevards in the shadow of the surrounding mountains.

The explosive growth in commerce, industry, education, tourism, construction, international trade, agriculture and manufacturing in the United Arab Emirates plays itself out both in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. These two cities provide unparalleled opportunities for personal enrichment and professional development both for Nationals and Expatriates pursuing their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.