The UAE’s prioritisation for expanding the education sector is accelerating the development of a diversified knowledge-based economy, experts said ahead of the annual Getex university fair in Dubai.

They said the government is keen on furthering the UAE education system by allocating Dh10.2 billion for the public and private higher education sectors for the period between 2017 and 2021. This amount represents 20.5 per cent of the entire Dh248 billion federal budget for 2017-2021.

Ahmad Al Awadi, director of student services and registration at Mohammad Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) said the healthcare field in Dubai, for instance is growing at a tremendous rate. “At MBRU, we are proud to be part of this colossal growth. Through our College of Medicine, and the Hamdan Bin Mohammad College of Dental Medicine we offer a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme, and a number of specialty dental masters programmes catering not only to students in the UAE but rather in the region. Our homegrown innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, our international academic partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, and diverse faculty body all allow us to equip our students with internationally recognised degrees right here in the UAE,” he said.

Daniel Adkins, CEO of Transnational Academic Group Middle East, the Education Management Services Provider for Curtin University Dubai, said: “The country’s education system is constantly being improved to make the UAE the global hub for education. State-of-the-art infrastructure, best-in-class accommodation, and highly ranked schools and universities, are also among the UAE’s key advantages. With such an incredible environment, learners will be able to set themselves on a path to lifelong success in a welcoming environment that inspires creativity and innovation.”

Anselm Godinho, managing director of International Conferences and Exhibitions and organiser of Getex (Gulf Education and Training Exhibition) said the UAE education’s growing international stature is the result of the country’s ongoing shift to a knowledge-based economy.

“The country is fast gaining ground in achieving knowledge and innovation-driven socio-economic growth, with many government initiatives geared towards this end. Education is the key to achieving this ambitious goal and thus, it is important that we give our students unhampered access to quality courses and training programmes on top of best-in-class education infrastructure and an environment conducive to an optimal learning process.

Getex is an annual student recruitment event featuring high-level representatives and education experts from top universities, higher education institutions, and training centres.

The next edition will take place from November 1 to 3 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. More details are available at

Box: Getex 2017

What: Annual university fair for students seeking admissions

Where: Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

When: November 1-3

More than 30,000 students expected to attend

Over 350 local and international universities and colleges participating

Free admission to Getex