Planned site meetings and visits include Dubai Chamber of Commerce, Department of Economic Development, Jebel Ali Free Zone & The Palm, DUBAL -Dubai Aluminum Company, Dubai Stock Exchange, and a Petrochemical Company.
Cultural activities for the students during previous years for this program have included a trip to the Heritage Village, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Yas Hotel, and Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, Dubai City Tour, and Desert Safari and Desert Party with Camel rides and Henna as well as visits to Bastakiya, Dubai – Historical Town Center, Welcome Dinner at Kan Zaman in the Shindagha Heritage Village on Dubai Creek, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Atop Burj Khalifa (Tallest building in the World), New Year's Eve Celebration at Atlantis The Palm, a Dhow Cruise on Dubai Creek, Farewell Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Tea /Refreshments at the Skyview Bar of the Burj Al-Arab.
Students will travel predominantly by bus that will be provided for transportation by AUE for all program related trips while in Dubai. For personal travel in Dubai, metered taxis are readily available at very reasonable rates to and from AUE and/or the hotel. Language is not a problem on the AUE campus as English is widely spoken. Even off campus, students will be able to converse with local people in English throughout the GCC region.
It is recommended that all students have an up-to-date tetanus booster and the hepatitis A series of 2 shots, as well as the hepatitis B series. Please contact your personal physician to make arrangements and verify your immunization history. Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By signing the Villanova University Release Form, you are agreeing to the fact that you have health insurance coverage while in Dubai. If your current policy does not cover you in Dubai, please follow this link to the Student Handbook and scroll to page 10 for insurance provider suggestions.