UAE Culture Guide: What to Expect When Living in Dubai

Dubai is a city that’s determined to retain heritage while racing at breakneck speed to embrace the modern era. It’s true, Dubai encompasses all the good, the great, and the brilliant life opportunities for foreign students like you, but the emirate is also full of Arab customs that are very different from those in the west. To prepare you for a comfortable and cringe-free life in Dubai, here are five things you should expect when studying here.

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A Guide to the Best Universities in Dubai

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With the endless sunshine, and the average temperatures rarely dropping below 19°C in the coldest months, it’s easy to see why Dubai is an enticing offer for both international and domestic students. Dubai’s academic offering is geared towards business, science, and technology, so if you’re looking to study one of those fields, you’re in the right place. It also helps that there are over 65 colleges and universities to choose from, so you’ll be sure to find somewhere that is to your liking.

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Packing Dos and Don’ts for International Students

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to a foreign university, and now you can wave goodbye to curfew and say hello to caffeine – lots of it. But before you do, there’s a lot that you need to plan, especially if you’ve never been away from home for such long period of time; we’re talking a few months if you’re moving to a neighbouring country, or potentially a few years(!) if you’re relocating to a different side of the world. Regardless, trying to fit your life into two suitcases is not an easy task for anyone, but don’t worry, that’s why you have us!

At Uninest, we happen to know quite a lot about packing for international ventures, so here are five things to bear in mind when getting ready to set off into the sunset.

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5 Things to Expect as an International Student

Moving overseas for your studies will probably be the most important and exciting event of your life so far. There’s so much you need to know, to learn, and to get ready for that it can be overwhelming. Luckily for you, we at Uninest have had years of experience in helping foreign students get used to their new homes and surroundings. So check out the following run-down of things you need to expect when moving home in pursuit of higher education in another country.

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Dubailand’s Space to Grow Programme

Uninest Students Dubai provides you with the space to grow in the direction that matters to you most.

The Uninest Students ‘Space to Grow’ programme is offered at all of our properties across Dubai, Germany and Ireland, we love it! The programme includes a series of learning opportunities and experiences designed to help you succeed in university life and beyond. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Residence Team and the Student Council at Dubailand.

It offers all of the below and much more:

  • Student Council – an elected student body that represents the residents views that meets regularly.
  • Skills Workshops –  like cooking, debating and language lessons so you’ll be prepared for anything university life brings.
  • Cultural Sharing – such as religious festivals, nationality evenings and book club
  • Careers Seminars – anything from interview skills, CV writing or guest speakers from across loads of industry sectors.
  • Sports – casual and competitive sports are organised for all residents so make sure you pick a team!
  • Excursions – trips to key attractions throughout the Emirates. If you’re new to Dubai we’ve got so much to show you.

If our Space to Grow programme sounds like your kinda thing, why not check out the full details of Dubailand and book your accommodation for next year now! We’ve even got a few rooms left this year so if you’re popping over for a semester we’d love to show you around.