Dubai is a prime education hub for international students, many of whom are attracted by the high quality of life, its cosmopolitan outlook and unparalleled location as a gateway to the Middle East, with over 85 airlines linking the city to over 130 destinations.

The Emirate also offers strong opportunities for future employment and career growth, particularly with Expo2020 having created approximately 250,000 new jobs across a wide range of industry sectors. Additionally, Dubai has a lower cost of living than other comparable global cities in the USA, UK, Australia and Candade, and is ranked as the 8th safest country in the world.   There are currently 23 Academic Institutions located in Dubai’s creative clusters, representing 50% of the UAE’s International Branch Campuses, catering to a multi-cultural student population of 26,000, consisting of 149 nationalities. Combined, these 23 Institutions offer a total of 427 Bachelor, Masters and PhD degrees from fields such as Engineering, IT, Media, Business, Fashion Design, Healthcare, Communications, Media and many more.    For these Universities, the new student part-time employment regulation enhances the appeal of Dubai as a destination for world-class higher education and gives it a real competitive edge – particularly when compared to other education hubs in the region that do not allow students to work part-time.

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The new regulation applies to part-time employment with over 4,500 companies located in Dubai’s creative clusters. These businesses operate across a wide range of industry sectors, from ICT, Outsourcing, Higher Education and Human Capital Development, through to Media & Entertainment, Design, and Life Sciences, Energy & Environment. For a full list of businesses located in one of free zone clusters under DCCA’s jurisdiction  – Dubai Internet City, Dubai Outsource City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Science Park or Dubai Design District, d3 – click here.

To make it easier for Academic Institutions to support their students in finding part-time employment, Dubai International Academic City’s (DIAC) Student Hub Service will process enquires from those companies located in Dubai’s creative clusters who wish to employ students on a part-time basis. For more information, please email: (This Email is to receive job opportunities from businesses to the student’s universities in the creative clusters).
For more information & general enquirers on the student part time regulation email:

Launched with the support of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), the new regulation has been well received by those Academic Institutions under the jurisdiction of DDA.


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