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Universities in UAE

United Arab Emirates presently has 11 universities, of which only the United Arab Emirates University and Zayed University are public. UAE figures correspond to a university density of 1:430,000 inhabitants, placing UAE as no. 6 of 22 in the MENA region.
Webometrics does not rank UAE universities very high. The highest on their list is United Arab Emirates University as no. 1646 in the world. 4 more institutions make it to the Top 6000 list: Higher Colleges of Technology is ranked no. 2801; University of Sharjah no. 3342; American University of Sharjah no. 4378; and Zayed University no. 5140. In this respect, UAE is with 46% of its universities on this list, ranked 6 of 22 in MENA.
The multi-campus Higher Colleges of Technology is not included in LookLex university list, if it was UAE has 12 universities.
Several universities have satellite campuses in the UAE, among these, in Dubai: Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom); University of Wollongong (Australia); Michigan State University (USA); Rochester Institute of Technology (USA). In Abu Dhabi: Sorbonne (France); In Ras al-Khaimah: Tufts University (USA). One satellite campus is closed, that of George Mason University (USA).


  • United Arab Emirates University. Est. 1976

    Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi University. Est. 2003
  • Zayed University, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Est. 1998
  • Al Hosn University. Est. unknown


  • Alghurair University. Est. 1999
  • American University in Dubai. Est. 1995


  • Ajman University of Science and Technology. Est. 1988
  • Gulf Medical University. Est. 1998


  • American University of Sharjah. Est. 1997
  • University of Sharjah. Est. 1997

    Ras al-Khaimah

  • Ittihad University. Est. 1999


  • Hamdan Bin Mohammed e-University. Est. 2009

  • By Tore Kjeilen