Campus Life
Campus Life

Information about the Campuses

At Middlesex University Dubai, no matter where you study, you are part of our thriving global student community of more than 4,000 people from 118 nationalities! We opened our first campus in Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) in 2005, and ever since then we’ve grown to become the largest KHDA university in Dubai for total student enrolments, according to the latest KHDA Open Data released in October 2021.

Our DKP campus is housed across Blocks 4, 16, 17 and 19 and features state-of-the-art classrooms; labs for Graphic Design, Robots, Engineering, and Fashion Design; and an exciting student recreation centre HUB19, which is home to our Dance Studio, Gaming Room and much more.

We are also the first UK university in the UAE to have a campus in each of Dubai’s higher education hubs. Our second campus is located in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and opened its doors to a brand new international student cohort in September 2021. Our DIAC campus features a Student Zone, state-of-the-art classrooms, and Innovation and Business Hubs.

You can view the layout of our Campuses on https://www.mdx.ac.ae/campus-maps

ABOUT OUR NEW DIAC CAMPUS

The campus opened in September 2021 and provides learning space for students who wish to study in DIAC due to the close proximity to their homes outside central Dubai or in the Northern Emirates, significantly reducing the costs of travel to Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP).

Facilities and Student Services

Our DIAC campus offers the same state-of-the-art facilities and student services as those available at our DKP campus, but with its own dedicated learning and recreational spaces. These services and facilities are available for all MDX students from both campuses to use to complement and build upon your classroom education.

The DIAC campus hosts a new Student Think Tank, a dedicated innovation lab providing an open, welcoming space for students like you to brainstorm and try out your ideas, whether this is related to your studies or not. There is also an on-campus business hub, as well as extended student services in line with those offered from the main campus, such as the Centre for Academic Success and Careers and Employability Service.

Student Community and Recreation

The DIAC campus also houses a dedicated Student Zone for recreation and relaxation, which students will be able to personalise and make their own according to their own interests. Sports and activities launched in partnership with The Myriad are also an integral part of the DIAC offering.

Students will be able to train and compete in a variety of different sports, as well as get involved in events hosted on site, such as DJ Nights, Beat Box and Karaoke Nights, Cinema Evenings, Chill Out Nights and more.

Programmes Available at DIAC

In the first year, we are offering a small selection of our programmes at our DIAC campus, which will also be taught in Dubai Knowledge Park simultaneously, providing the choice of two exciting campus experiences.

Programmes on offer during Phase One of the DIAC campus will be the Science and Technology pathway of the International Foundation Programme, alongside all BA Honours Business Management programme specialisms.

Entry onto these programmes for the September 2022 academic year is open to incoming first-year students only. We are looking to offer more programmes at DIAC for more students in the next couple of years as the campus grows. Students already studying on one of these programmes in Dubai Knowledge Park will continue studying their programme at our main campus.

Travelling to the DIAC campus

A free shuttle service is provided to students:

  • from Rashidiya Metro Station to Middlesex University Dubai DIAC
  • between Middlesex University Dubai DIAC and Middlesex University Dubai DKP
  • between each campus and the Myriad

In addition, there is a Student Transportation Service across the northern emirates – priced upon location, at excellent prices.

Campus Opening Hours

Students and staff can normally access the campus between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm on weekdays during term time. Most of our administrative departments operate between 8:00am - 5:00pm from Monday to Friday. Facilities such as the Library, LIS, and Computer Labs are available on amended schedules on weekends and during vacations. Similarly, most service areas extend their opening hours during periods of high usage (such as key assessment periods). You should remember to check with each service area beforehand for timings or call Reception.

Please note that you need to always carry your Middlesex Student ID Card with you and should produce it on request from a member of staff or security personnel. At times you will be asked to deposit your Student Card with our security staff to access the Computer Labs. You can collect your card when you have concluded the use of the facilities. Failure to comply with requests to show your Student ID Card by University staff when asked to do so is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may lead to disciplinary action.

Dress Code on Campus

Middlesex University Dubai encourages an appropriate dress code that promotes a positive image of the University while also allowing maximum flexibility to maintain a good learning environment – one that respects racial, gender, and ethnic sensitivities and gives due consideration to safety practices.

Students and staff are advised to dress conservatively out of respect to the cultural and religious traditions of the United Arab Emirates, and the conventions of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). If you are unsure and need any guidance, please feel free to speak to a member of staff.

The Holy Month of Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is a special month for over two billion Muslims throughout the world. It is of special meaning to Muslims as it is the Fourth Pillar of the Muslim Faith. During this month, Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk, followed by Iftar (breaking the fast).

Ramadan dates will be announced closer to date, depending on Islamic scholars’ sighting of the moon. Ramadan will last for approximately 30 days, or one lunar month, again depending on Islamic scholars’ sighting of the moon. Middlesex University Dubai’s working hours are slightly altered during the month. Class timings are usually shortened to accommodate the change in working hours. Students and all campus visitors are advised to check the Middlesex University Dubai website for changes in timings. The end of Ramadan is marked by the start of the Eid al Fitr official holiday. Middlesex University Dubai will usually be closed for two business days from the beginning of the Eid al Fitr holiday.

In Dubai, Ramadan holds special significance, and the annual event is marked by a host of Ramadan-related events held during this period. Ramadan influences can be seen in all spheres of life in Dubai – social, business, cultural and entertainment, from alteration in working hours to observance of certain guidelines for Muslims and Non-Muslims. If it is indeed your first Ramadan, please refer to the following resources to familiarise yourself with what happens during this month.

  • Users of our campus facilities should note that Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) authorities post various notices around campus on the “Do’s and Don’ts” during Ramadan which all users of their facilities are expected to adhere to – this includes students, staff members, contractors and visitors among others.
  • It is illegal to eat, drink or smoke in public. Most cafes and restaurants are closed during the day. If you are not fasting, most malls and hotels will have one or two eateries open but discreetly tucked away behind screens and/or closed doors. Most offices and public buildings will implement an area for eating and drinking. Don’t eat, have drinks (even water) or smoke in open areas. Your car is classed as a public place so no smoking, eating or drinking in there.
  • While a modest dress code and respectful behaviour between the sexes (even between married couples) are normal social customs in Dubai, this is particularly so during Ramadan.
  • It is appropriate to greet Muslims during Ramadan by saying 'Ramadan Kareem' or 'Ramadan Mubarak'.
  • You should try and attend a meal to break the fast called 'Iftar’ around sunset. You may get invited by tour friends or colleagues – do go along as it can be a wonderful experience. Many hotels and restaurants offer an Iftar dinner special and some hotels host a Suhoor late into the night.
  • Live music is banned and you should avoid noisy entertainment at home or office.

Ramadan in Dubai is a unique and different experience due to the fact that people from different parts of the world live and bring their own cultural heritage to this cosmopolitan city. For more information on things to do in Ramadan and the etiquettes of the holy month refer to the following websites:

Smoking

Middlesex University Dubai is required by UAE laws and regulations of its licensing authority, Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) to prohibit smoking in all public areas (indoors or outdoors) except within designated smoking areas. Smoking is not allowed in all indoor and outdoor spaces in DKP and DIAC except in designated areas where specific signs allow you to do so.

Strict disciplinary action will be taken against students who violate the ‘No Smoking’ rule on campus or within the DKP and DIAC facilities.

See also ‘Student Conduct and Discipline’ and ‘Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) Shared Facility Policy Statement on Student Discipline’.

Mobile Phones, Smartwatches and Music Players on Campus

Mobile phones and other personal communication or entertainment devices should be used with sensitivity and discretion. Feedback from students and staff members is consistent in suggesting that mobile phones and other devices are a major source of nuisance and distraction in classrooms and sign of impoliteness in common public areas.

Mobile phones, smartwatches (such as Apple Watch or Samsung Gear), pagers, music devices (such as iPods) must be turned off or where possible, put on silent mode (no ringing or other phone-related noises) in classrooms, computer laboratories, the Library, the Library Individual Study area and other study spaces. When listening to music, recordings, videos, etc. you must wear headphones to not disturb others. Other activities on your mobile phones or other personal devices such as SMS texting, checking email, online browsing and so on, should be avoided in non-Library study areas, especially classrooms, as this can be distracting and disruptive to other students and to staff members. In common areas such as corridors, you should ensure that your use of such devices does not disturb your fellow students or members of staff. Disciplinary action will be taken against students who disturb, distract or otherwise violate the privacy of others. There are specific regulations restricting the usage of such devices in examination venues. See ‘Student Conduct and Discipline’.

Keep your mobile phones and personal devices on your person at all times and do not leave them unattended around campus. The University will not be responsible if you misplace or lose such items.

Printing Services on Campus

We have introduced Managed Print Service (MPS) to efficiently manage printer and paper resources. Benefits of MPS include reducing print wastage, secured printing, follow-me print; where the students can collect the print output from any printer in the student network (Labs, LIS, Library). Students are required to follow all protocols of hand and machine sanitisation before and after the use of the machines.

Please note that the default printout option is black and white and double-sided, kindly ensure you change this if you need to print colour and/or single-sided. To print, you need to enter the PIN number (ID number) which will be sent via email from [email protected]. Please keep your PIN number (ID number) secure and don’t share it with anyone.

For more information, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/studentservices/facilities/printing-photocopying

Prayer Rooms

Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) provides prayer rooms with comprehensive facilities for both women and men in Block 18 and Block 2A on the ground floor. This facility is also available in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC).

Lost Property

The University regrets that it cannot be responsible for items of personal property left unattended on campus. Take care of your personal belongings and where possible, clearly label your property (including lecture notes and assignments) and do not leave items unattended anywhere on campus.

Please report and deliver Lost Property to Reception at DKP (Block 16, Ground Floor) or the Reception at DIAC (Building 10, 5th floor, Office 501). Unclaimed items will be disposed of by the University by any method, within one month.

Bringing Guests and Visitors to the Campus

If you want to bring friends or family or others to visit the campus, you should register them at the Reception or Security desk where they will be issued a visitor’s pass. Visitors are welcome but are not allowed to attend classes or use student resources including the Library, Library Individual Study (LIS) and Computer Labs. All visitors should be aware of and fully comply with, health and safety guidelines and the relevant regulations of the University.

See also ‘Consent Form for Parents and Guardians’ under the section: ‘Communicating with the University’.

Banking and ATM Facilities

Within Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), there are ATM machines where standard ATM banking procedures such as cash withdrawal and account balance checking are available. Within Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, a number of banks and money exchange branches also operate. For a complete list please visit www.dic.ae/business-partners or https://dmc.ae/the-community/community-directory or https://diacedu.ae/the-community/community-directory.

Car Parking

Paid car parking facilities for students are available at the front of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) near Al Sufouh/Umm Suqiem Road. Students parking in the DKP parking lots do so at their own risk. The University is not responsible for any theft or damage (accidental or otherwise) to visitor and student cars in the parking area. If students find their car blocked by another, they can contact +971 (0)4 609 9999.

Postgraduate students are also able to use Middlesex University Dubai’s parking facilities (located in the basement) after 5 pm for free upon showing their University ID Card.

Free parking facilities are available and offered by Dubai International Academic City (DIAC). There are two main car parks each within a short walk of our building.

Food Court and Eating Places

Many restaurants and food outlets operate in the Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP) Food Court within Block 7, and in close proximity to the campus in Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. There is a wide choice of cuisines and price ranges for students to choose from. You can find a list of these at the Dubai Knowledge Park directory www.dkp.ae/community/lifestyle-and-retail, Dubai Internet City directory www.dic.ae/business-partners or the Dubai Media City directory at https://dmc.ae/the-community/community-directory. For more information, see TECOM Directory at www.tecomdirectory.com and www.dkp.ae

 

The DIAC Campus also has a Food Court in the main building, with a variety of restaurants and coffee shops. For more information, see www.diacedu.ae

Eating and/or drinking inside the classrooms is discouraged. Eating and/or drinking in the Computer Labs is not allowed. This is also the case for the Film Lab and the Graphic Design Labs. This policy is strictly enforced by the University in order to protect the facilities, and equipment and to maintain the cleanliness of the premises. Infringements will be subject to disciplinary actions under the regulations of Middlesex University Dubai.

The Food Courts, along with all blocks of both DKP and DIAC, operate a strict ‘no smoking’ policy.

Health Care Services

Medical insurance is available on an annual membership basis to all students. For additional information on this service, please visit https://www.mdx.ac.ae/student-visa/medical-insurance.

Within Block 10 of Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), the Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre offers medical services including treatment for minor health emergencies and conditions, and the dispensing of medication for minor health problems. Mediclinic Al Safouh also operates within Dubai Knowledge Park offering multi-speciality outpatient care from 8 am to 8 pm.

Welcare Ambulatory Care Centre

Block 10, Knowledge Park, Al Sufouh,

P.O. Box 500723, Dubai, UAE

Tel: (0)4 366 1030

Website: www.mediclinic.ae/AlSufouh/

Clinic Timings: Saturday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.

Public Transport

Bus Transport

The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) operates a clean, safe and inexpensive public transport network including over 1,000 bus schedules on some 100 bus routes. The bus fleet is made of top-quality custom-built buses equipped with individual seats, air-conditioning, electronically operated destination display system and computerised fare equipment.

For information on bus routes and schedules, see RTA’s website: www.rta.ae. You can use the "Wojhati" or Journey Planner electronic system that enables the public transport riders to select the right way to travel through real-time and accurate information to determine the most accessible transport mode according to the rider's location, destination and trip time. See http://wojhati.rta.ae.

Taxis

The Dubai Taxi Corporation is a subsidiary of the Dubai Governments Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). It operates official taxis in Dubai. Dubai Taxi Corporation has a fleet of nearly 5,000 licensed taxis and it is usually easy and convenient to flag one down. There are essentially three choices of taxi in Dubai:

  • Dubai Taxi Corporation – Official taxis
  • Uber
  • Careem
Dubai Metro

Dubai Metro has one of the largest driverless metro systems in the world, helping passengers commute throughout the emirate of Dubai. The trains have separate classes of travel: a Gold Class and a separate ‘Women and Children’ class. Fares for normal class travel range from a minimum of AED 4 to a maximum of AED 8.50 for a single journey and special discounted fares for students have been introduced.

The Dubai Metro operates through the use of a Nol Card, or through buying tickets. You can purchase and top up your Nol Card in any Metro or Tram station.

The Nakheel, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Internet City metro stations on the Red Line serve the DKP campus and Dubai Knowledge Park localities. For the DIAC Campus, the closest metro stations are Rashidiya or Burjuman stations on the Red Line.