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Universities in United Arab Emirates

Higher Education in United Arab Emirates

2021 Ranking of United Arab Emirates Universities

Which universities in the United Arab Emirates are the most popular? Topuniversitieslist has published the 2021 Emirati University Ranking, which includes 63 Emirati higher-education institutions that fulfill the Topuniversitieslist selection criteria:

  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) delivered primarily in a conventional, face-to-face, non-distance education format and being chartered, certified, or approved by the relevant Emirati higher education-related institution

The Topuniversitieslist League Table and University Rankings of 63 Universities in the United Arab Emirates are available to use.

2021 Sub-rankings by provinces and territories

There are seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates (Arabic: imarat). The overwhelming majority of higher education institutions that follow the Topuniversitieslist selection criterion are based in Dubai, the most populous emirate, and Abu Dhabi, which is home to Abu Dhabi’s capital city. Both emirates with at least two Emirati higher education institutions matching the Topuniversitieslist placement criterion are included in the following Topuniversitieslist sub-rankings or league tables.


Abu Dhabi (16)
Ajman (4)
Dubai (12)
Ras al-Khaimah (2)
Sharjah (4)