RIT Dubai is located in the center of the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), a business park consisting of over 900 different companies, many of whom are partner institutions with RIT Dubai. RIT Dubai is also conveniently located just meters from the DSO headquarters, where you can find cafes, banks, a post office, printing shops, a convenience store and more. The Dubai Metro is also easily accessible from the Dubai Silicon Oasis via bus.
Entertainment is endless in Dubai. Coined ‘The City of Events’, it hosts some of the world's greatest musicians, performers, and athletes. Its cosmopolitan culture lends itself towards learning the social etiquette necessary in today's multicultural world. There are numerous fun activities to engage in Dubai, from beautiful beaches to indoor skiing. Many students take a shuttle bus to nearby malls to shop, buy groceries, watch movies, and grab a bite to eat. This is very cost effective for students as they do not have to pay for transportation to access nearby shopping and entertainment.
If you wish to explore more of the city, you can take a metro or taxi ride to many points of interest that students typically visit:
Global Village Marketplace – an international cultural, entertainment and shopping experience (pictured above). Purchase items from around the world or take in performances or shows throughout the evening. Open from November through mid-April.
IMG Worlds of Adventure Park – an indoor amusement park with rollercoasters, thrill rides and other attractions.
Dubai Fountain - the Dubai Fountain is the world's second largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai.
Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world.
Burj Al Arab – the iconic sail-shaped hotel in Dubai.
Ski Dubai - an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo – located in the Dubai mall, features underwater animal exhibits and aquatic experiences.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding - gain a greater appreciation of Dubai's culture and customs at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). The SMCCU opened in 1998 to help visitors gain a better understanding of the culture and customs of the UAE. The institution invites guests to take part in their full schedule of activities, including a range of Arabic classes, heritage tours, and guided mosque visits.
Jumeirah Public Beach - wide, sandy beach with palm trees & food concessions and jogging/walking track.
Kite Beach - the best spot for kite flying, playing beach volleyball, beach football and beach tennis.
JBR Walk - a great place to stroll around, enjoy the beach and have great food!
Dubai takes malls to a whole new level. They are not simply shopping destinations but entertainment experiences. The largest are listed below:
Dubai Mall – the world’s largest and most visited shopping mall home to 1,200+ retail stores, an indoor aquarium, over 120 restaurants, indoor theme park and movie theaters.
Mall of the Emirates – known as the world’s first shopping resort includes over 600 stores, an indoor ski resort (Ski Dubai), indoor theme park, restaurants and movie theaters.
Dragon Mall 1 & 2 - great places to find deals on anything you can think of!
If museums are more your style, a visit to the Dubai Heritage Museum or Dubai Coffee Museum are worth a visit.
There are also an abundance of tour companies in Dubai that offer boat tours, desert safari, cultural tours and sightseeing tours.