Q. I have a University branch that I want to get into the region, but why should I choose DIAC as my partner? How are you different to any other Free Zone in the UAE?
A. DIAC offers many more benefits than your standard Free Zone. Most Free Zone operators are merely “landlords” and collect rent. DIAC offers many other added benefits including support from our PDM Team ,PRM Team and other support services. We organize events for our academic partners and students and provide numerous networking opportunities.
DIAC also has the ability to license various kinds of academic service providers It is these value-added services that places DIAC apart from any other Free Zone providers in the UAE.
Q. Hi I have just moved to Dubai with my family – what sort of Universities do you have for my children?
A. At DIAC we provide 21 International Branch Campuses (IBC's) offering over 400 academic programmes. We have universities from 11 different countries all in one convenient location. For more information please click on the “Academic Partners” section of our website.
Q. Hi, I have just heard of DIAC - what kind of courses do your universities offer?
A. We have over 400 courses made available to our students. We cater to regional workforce demands and offer a variety of courses for segments including Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees and Post Graduate Degrees. DIAC universities feature courses in:
- Audio Engineering
- Computer Science
- Film Making and Animation
- Mass Communication
- Forensic Science
- Fashion Design
- Environmental Studies
- Healthcare Management
- Quality Management
- Project Management
- Islamic Studies
- Business Administration
Q. Hi, I have a University brand and I am interested in bringing it into Dubai, can you help me get set up in the UAE market?
A. We certainly can. At DIAC we are not only a real estate provider, we also aim to be your Higher Education consultant for the Middle East. We can advise you in terms of what courses to offer and what the demands are of our student population. We can also can offer incubator services where your academic institution can begin with a small space to gauge the market and grow from the ground-up. We recommend this service to new partners who are unsure of the Dubai market.
Q. Do you have any retail shops or restaurants on your campuses? What other facilities do you have for students?
A. Yes we do. We have a multitude of retail outlets to support our student and academic community. As well as a food court with multiple restaurants, we also have a Starbucks, Costa Coffee, newsagents, convenience stores as well as a well-equipped student recreation room with pool tables, game and LCD TV’s.
Q. Are there any social events organized for students?
A. There are multiple events that occur throughout the year at DIAC. Many events are organized by the Student Hub and PDM Team. Events such as Week of Welcome, CEO Hot Seat, Open Day, DIAC Sports Tournament and multiple career events are offered. The Universities themselves also organize many events throughout the year for their own students. For more information please visit the “Events” section on our website under the “Media” category.
Q. Hi I am looking to send my son over for University in one of your colleges, can you help organize a VISA for him?
A. Yes we can. One of the value-added services we offer from our Student Hub team is the organizing of Visa’s for students from across the world. For more information please contact our Student Hub Team.
Q. Are there any vacancies in your organization, I saw your website and would like to join DIAC as an employee.
A. For information on career opportunities at DIAC please visit the “Careers” section on our website. Even if there are no current opportunities available you are free to post your CV to us and we will contact you if any positions become available.
Q. Hi, I have an education brand and am looking to come to Dubai but would like to start as a small office space to test the waters before I commit to a full middle-east presence, is it possible to organize this?
A. This is not only possible but it is actually recommended. We often encourage new academic partners to start off with a small office presence for the first year – an idea we like to term an “Incubator” concept, where a University sets up a representative office with a small administration team here in Dubai. This allows our partners to become accustomed to the market and begin their marketing campaigns to increase interest for when the University opens. This also allows the university to have a greater chance of a successful launch and minimises the associated risks with opening a branch campus of a branded academic institution in a foreign country.
Q. Do you offer small office spaces for your license segments? I am looking to get licensed as an individual freelancer.
A. Yes we do. Our Business Centre can offer what we call “Hot Desks”, which are basically single desks in an office environment that can be shared with others. You are free to come and go as you please and we also provide the license and visa you will need to operate here in the UAE.
A hot desk is perfect for Freelancers looking to have a space to complete office work such as email, browsing, printing and calling. Hot desk clients are eligible for one visa per freelancer.