Universities in the United Arab Emirates

Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates

2021 Ranking of Emirati Universities

What are the most popular Universities in the United Arab Emirates? uniRank tries to answer this question by publishing the 2021 Emirati University Ranking of 63 Emirati higher-education institutions meeting the following uniRank selection criteria:

  • being chartered, licensed 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

Explore the uniRank League Table and University Ranking of 63 Universities in the United Arab Emirates

2021 Sub-rankings by emirates

The United Arab Emirates consists of seven emirates (Arabic: imarat). The vast majority of higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria are located in the most populated emirate of Dubai and in the Abu Dhabi emirate, which hosts the capital city of Abu Dhabi. The following uniRank sub-rankings or league tables take into consideration all emirates which include at least 2 Emirati higher education institutions meeting the uniRank selection criteria.


Abu Dhabi (16)   Ajman (4)  
Dubai (35)   Ras al-Khaimah (2)  
Sharjah (4)  

Emirati University lists

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