In 2005, Dr. Mustafa Abushagur, then the director of Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program at RIT, was sought-out by government leaders in Dubai to discuss the prospects of opening a branch campus of RIT in the rapidly growing Middle Eastern City. RIT Dubai was established in 2008 to provide world-class university programs in the United Arab Emirates for students and professionals from the Middle East, North America, Africa and South East Asia.
Degree programs in such disciplines as engineering, computing, business, city science and service leadership have been selected to support the need for personal and professional development, economic growth and the human capital development in Dubai and the entire Gulf region. RIT Dubai provides a unique study abroad and networking opportunity for students from around the world.
The RIT Dubai campus is strategically located in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, one of the world’s leading centers of advanced electronic innovation and design. The Dubai Silicon Oasis master plan is designed as a hi-tech ecosystem which offers businesses a plethora of advantages including a state-of-the-art infrastructure featuring advanced telecommunications, electricity, and road networks. It also features technology investment incentives for large enterprises, entrepreneurial support, an incubation center, and venture capital funding.
RIT Dubai is a cornerstone of the Dubai Silicon Oasis ecosystem offering students, staff and faculty access to a local and regional pool of technical and engineering talent, business plan sponsorship, project/R&D assistance, and mentorship programs.
RIT Dubai students also have access to the many training and development opportunities provided by DSO and the international companies that it hosts such as Yokogawa, SAP, Porsche, and many others.
Home of the man-made islands, the world’s tallest building, luxurious hotels, and largest mall, Dubai is full of once-in-a life time experiences that only amplify the magnificence of engineering feats and cultural diversity. Dubai has emerged as a cosmopolitan metropolis that has quickly grown to become a global city, cultural hub of the Middle East and the entire Persian Gulf region.
Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In just the past twenty years, Dubai has transformed itself from a barren desert outpost on the Arabian Peninsula into an exuberant global hub for commerce and tourism. Trade, manufacturing, finance and construction, play a major role in the economic and social development of Dubai.
Dubai is a premier destination for tourists, business people and celebrities from around the world. Attracted to its year-round sunshine and luxurious life style, the number of tourists visiting Dubai each year is expected to top 15 million. Dubai is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population that spans nearly every culture, ethnicity and religion. The city continues to grow at a tremendous rate and the skyline is constantly changing. Dubai provides endless possibilities for entertainment, culture, relaxation, adventure and an educational experience of a lifetime.
Your experience in Dubai is enhanced by the diversity of cultures, engineering feats and unique activities that surround you on a daily basis. Ride the elevator to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Kalifa, or experience the elegance of the world’s most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Travel to the man-made palm islands, shop in the world’s largest mall, ski indoors year-round, travel through the desert in a 4-wheel drive vehicle, horseback or camel, tour mosques and museums that transport you to a different era. There truly is “nowhere like Dubai.”