Student welfare is a priority at Middlesex University Dubai, we pride ourselves in the feedback we receive from both students and parents alike on the experience of which students have received whilst studying with us. We want to ensure that whilst the students are here in Dubai they can get their quality UK education alongside new experiences and life long memories. Whilst keeping ‘Safe’. About Living in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates Now that you are a resident in the United Arab Emirates, here is some information and services you will need in your daily life. Please check below a list of contacts and links for further details regarding UAE laws and regulations, dress code, climate and weather, health, food, entertainment, amongst others. A true cosmopolitan city, Dubai has a population of over 1.8 million, comprising a vibrant mix of nationalities from all around the world. This diversity contributes to Dubai’s unique appeal as a city that offers an unlimited variety of commercial and lifestyle options. General Dress Code The dress code is similar to most cosmopolitan cities with a few variations with respect to the cultural and religious foundations of the United Arab Emirates. Shorts, skirts, and short-sleeved shirts are considerably acceptable, but with common sense. Revealing or tight fitting clothes should be avoided. There is no requirement for women to cover up. Those who do, do so out of choice and respect for their heritage and religion. UAE national women wear the “abaya”, a long black robe that covers their clothes, and a headscarf, called “shayla”. The national dress for men is the “dishdasha” or “khandura”, an ankle length robe, usually white. Dishdashas are usually worn with a white or red-checkered headcloth (“gutra”) and a twisted black rope-like coil (“agal”) which holds the gutra in place under the headdress is a skull cap (“gafia”).