Oldest Universities in the United Arab Emirates


What are the oldest Universities in the United Arab Emirates? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing a list of 62 Emirati Universities ordered by year of establishment and meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed and/or accredited by the appropriate Emirati higher education-related organization
  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees)
  • delivering courses predominantly in a traditional, face-to-face, non-distance education format
Our aim is to highlight which Emirati Universities have the longest history and tradition and how this correlates to their uniRank University Ranking.

Oldest Universities in the United Arab Emirates

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2 United Arab Emirates University Al-Ain
40 Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies Dubai
21 Khawarizmi International College Abu Dhabi ...
32 Dubai Medical College Dubai
50 College of Islamic and Arabic Studies Dubai
7 Ajman University Ajman ...
1 Higher Colleges of Technology Al-Ain ...
8 Skyline University College Sharjah
48 American College of Dubai Dubai
44 Dubai Pharmacy College Dubai
36 Emirates College of Technology Abu Dhabi
11 University of Wollongong in Dubai Dubai
47 Al Dar University College Dubai
45 Islamic Azad University U.A.E. Branch Dubai
6 American University in Dubai Dubai
17 University of Dubai Dubai
3 University of Sharjah Sharjah
4 American University of Sharjah Sharjah
5 Zayed University Dubai ...
24 Gulf Medical University Ajman ...
19 Al Ghurair University Dubai
30 Manipal University, Dubai Dubai
25 The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management Dubai
33 Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology Dubai Dubai
10 Abu Dhabi University Abu Dhabi ...
14 Al Ain University of Science and Technology Al Ain ...
18 The British University in Dubai Dubai
Un Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Dubai Dubai
Un New York Institute of Technology Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
31 Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government Dubai
23 Institute of Management Technology Dubai Dubai
37 Fatima College of Health Sciences Abu Dhabi ...
51 European International College Abu Dhabi
49 European University College Dubai ...
16 American University in the Emirates Dubai
15 Canadian University of Dubai Dubai
35 Ras al-Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University Ras al-Khaimah
53 University of Fujairah Fujairah
22 Université Paris-Sorbonne Abou Dhabi Abu Dhabi
34 Emirates College for Advanced Education Abu Dhabi
12 Khalifa University Abu Dhabi ...
Un Université Saint-Joseph de Dubai Dubai
Un Rochester Institute of Technology, Dubai Dubai
43 Murdoch University Dubai Dubai
38 Mohammed V University Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
13 American University of Ras Al Khaimah Ras al-Khaimah
42 Abu Dhabi Polytechnic Abu Dhabi
26 Emirates Aviation University Dubai
9 New York University Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
56 Emirates Canadian University College Umm Al Quwain
55 Imam Malik College for Islamic Sharia and Law Dubai
29 Jumeira University Dubai
27 Amity University Dubai Dubai
41 City University College of Ajman Ajman
58 Maktoum Bin Hamdan Dental University College Dubai
46 Abu Dhabi School of Management Abu Dhabi
39 Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences Dubai
20 Al Falah University Dubai
28 Al Qasimia University Sharjah
52 The College of Fashion and Design Dubai
54 MENA College of Management Dubai
57 University College of Mother and Family Sciences Ajman
Legend: Un Unranked

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