British_University_in_Dubai Latitude and Longitude:

25°7′30.504″N 55°24′36.55″E / 25.12514000°N 55.4101528°E / 25.12514000; 55.4101528
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The British University in Dubai
الجامعة البريطانية في دبي
Type Private
Established19 May 2003; 20 years ago (19 May 2003)
Founder Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Chancellor Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Vice-ChancellorProf. Abdullah Mohammed Alshamsi
Location, ,
25°7′30.504″N 55°24′36.55″E / 25.12514000°N 55.4101528°E / 25.12514000; 55.4101528
Website Official website

The British University in Dubai (BUiD) ( Arabic: الجامعة البريطانية في دبي) is a research-based, non-profit institution in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Founded in 2003 by the country's Vice President and Prime Minister Maktoum bin Rashid al-Maktoum, [1] it is licensed by the UAE's Ministry of Education's Higher Education Affairs and all its programmes are accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).

BUiD is part of a strategic alliance with three UK Russell Group universities: University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, and University of Glasgow.

BUiD is located in Dubai International Academic City, Dubai.


The original idea for the university had emanated from the Dubai-UK Trade and Economic Committee (DUKTEC), which comprised nominees of the Government of Dubai and the Government of the United Kingdom. It was first thought that a British university would assist with the recruitment and retention of British expatriate workers, but a subsequent survey was inconclusive on this point. There was already range of undergraduate provision in the emirate, and many undergraduates preferring to study away from home. Further, discussions intensified the opportunity for a research-based university to make a more substantial contribution to Dubai's development aspirations. [2]

BUiD was established as a not-for-profit institution. The University was established by Law #5/2003 by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai Its founders are Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai Development and Investment Authority (now Dubai Holding), the National Bank of Dubai (now Emirates NBD), the British Business Group, and Rolls-Royce.

BUiD works in collaboration with leading organisations and institutions including its major contributing partner Atkins, Knowledge Fund Establishment, and the UAE Ministry of Education, and government and associated bodies across the UAE’s public and private sectors.


Bachelors Programmes:

  • Bachelor of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Masters Programmes:

  • Master of Education
  • Master of Education in Management Leadership and Policy
  • Master of Education in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Master of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Master of Education in Information and Communication Technology
  • Master of Education in Science Education
  • Master of Education in Psychology (PSYCH)
  • Master of Education in Learning and Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) (General/Finance/Human Resource Management/Marketing/Sustainability)
  • Portfolio of Masters Programmes in Project Management (Project Management/Construction Project Management/Enterprise Project Risk Management/IT Project Management/Infrastructure Project Management)
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Science in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management (Energy Management/ Maintenance and Reliability/Total Quality Management)
  • Master of Science in Structural Engineering
  • Master of Science in Informatics (Knowledge and Data Management)
  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management (Business Intelligence/ e-Business Intelligence)
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (Architectural Design/Interior Design/Smart Buildings/Urban Design)

PhD Programmes:

  • Doctor of Education and PhD in Education
  • Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA)
  • PhD in Business Management
  • PhD in Project Management
  • PhD in Architecture and Sustainable Built Environment
  • PhD in Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Law

Scholarships Programmes


  1. ^ Bardsley, Daniel (2022-04-26). "UAE's best universities: The British University in Dubai". The National. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  2. ^ Davidson, Christopher; Mackenzie, Peter (2012-07-15). Higher Education in the Gulf States: Shaping Economies, Politi and Culture. Saqi. ISBN  978-0-86356-857-2.

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