The British University in Dubai (BUiD) was established in 2003 by Ruler’s Decree of the Emirate of Dubai, as the region’s first, research-based, postgraduate university. BUiD offers a unique not-for-profit brand of higher education with high standards for study and research designed to contribute to the technological innovation and socio-economic development of the Arab world and beyond.
BUiD was established to facilitate access in the Middle East to a British-style of world class education, training and research. At BUiD’s first anniversary celebrations His Excellency, Richard Makepeace, then British Ambassador to the UAE commented that BUiD was one of the most exciting developments in UAE-UK relations we have seen for many years. After a decade, the excitement and commitment is sustained!
Working in association with leading UK universities BUiD offers cutting-edge education and research in key disciplines. BUiD aspires to the highest, internationally recognized British standards as reflected in its work with the Universities of Edinburgh, Cardiff, Glasgow, and Manchester.
BUiD is proudly located in Dubai International Academic City, as a constituent of Dubai’s Education Free Zone community.
BUiD was established as a ‘not for profit’ university. The Founders of the University are Al Maktoum Foundation, Dubai Development and Investment Authority, the National Bank of Dubai, the British Business Group, and Rolls-Royce.
BUiD has also received strong backing from local and international organisations who have shown their support for BUiD at several levels including funding and scholarships. These include Atkins, Emirates Foundation, Al Jalila Foundation, the Emirates Group, DUCAB, Dubai Duty Free, DUGAS, and Hyder Consulting.