Dubai knowledge village

One of the marks that Dubai is making in the global arena is in the field of academics and training. This mark is manifested in the form of the Dubai Knowledge Village, one of the premier learning centers in the Middle East.

Launched in 2003, the Knowledge Village is a project of Dubai Holding. It is the only free zone in the world that is centered on providing services and facilities that support learning and the development of talent pool not just in Dubai but in the whole of the Middle East. The establishment of the Knowledge Village is part of Dubai’s efforts to diversify its economy from being trade-based to being service-oriented, tourism-oriented and knowledge-based.

There are currently 350 companies and institutions partnered with Knowledge Village, and these partners range from training centers, professional centers, eLearning services, HR companies and various consultancy firms. Prestigious universities from across the globe have put up campuses in Knowledge Village. These universities include:

• Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani
• Cambridge College International Dubai
• European University College Brussels
• Hult International Business School
• Islamic Azad University
• Mahatma Gandhi University
• Manchester Business School Worldwide
• Middlesex University
• Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics
• The British University in Dubai
• University of Wollongong in Dubai

Because the Knowledge Village is a free zone, the companies and institutions that have partnered with the Knowledge Village are offered benefits such as repatriation of assets and profits, 100% foreign ownership, and 100% tax exemptions. Knowledge Village also has its own offices where visas and passports are processed for guests, partners and students.

Dubai Knowledge VillageVarious certificate and degree programs from Associate to Doctoral are offered in Knowledge Village. Courses also vary from liberal arts, humanities and social sciences, to economics, mathematics and medicine.

Knowledge Village sits on a one-kilometer campus with lovely landscaping. It is fashioned with state-of-the-art facilities that are necessary to produce a first-rate atmosphere for learning in the campus. These facilities include fully serviced offices and classrooms; Internet access, IP telephony and web hosting services; and a fully equipped conference hall.

Other services and facilities in Knowledge Village are meant to make life easier for partners, educators and students alike in campus. There are furnished and unfurnished residential accommodations for students, educators and partners alike in Knowledge Village, as well as car rental and transportation services. Knowledge Village also has its own medical center, sports complex and gym. There is also a food court and various restaurants in the campus. The Tulip Inn in Knowledge Village houses guests who have come for a visit to the campus. Shapes Wellness Center and Spa also has its own facility in Knowledge Village. For leisure, Knowledge Village organizes tours and excursions, desert safari, golf reservations and the like.

Knowledge Village is one of the indelible marks that Dubai is creating in the global arena, this time in the field of education and training.