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  • Locations: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Abu Dhabi

Life in Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a modern metropolis on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Considered Dubai’s sister city, Abu Dhabi now has its own skyline of starchitect-designed bridges and buildings, as well as a growing cluster of international museums and high-rise apartment blocks rising from the desert, making it an increasingly attractive place to live and study.

Abu Dhabi offers a wide range of cuisine at restaurants at extremely reasonable prices. Pakistani, Indian, Lebanese, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Chinese and Ethiopian are just a few of the national foods on offer. Take-out food is also much less expensive than elsewhere in the world; a network of drivers on motorcycles will rush to get the food delivered to one's door.

Abu Dhabi is home to people of many nationalities, each contributing to the mix of languages and dress, not to mention food and languages. Some of the most breath-taking and interesting locations in the world are less than a four-hour flight away: Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia; destinations throughout the Middle East; much of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka; Turkey; Greece; and so much more.

About Rabdan Academy

The Academy is a government-owned world-class education institution established to coordinate and enhance learning outcomes for organizations and individuals in the safety, security, defense, emergency preparedness and crisis management sectors.

The Academy is the first in UAE to provide learning in a dual approach, combining academic and vocational education in one place whilst recognizing prior learning and experience and providing accredited and transferable credit from course to course and job to job.

Rabdan Academy at the forefront of collaborative training and education for a cadre of safety, security, defense, emergency preparedness, and crisis management (SSDEC) specialists. This integration and co-ordination of education and training opportunities, capabilities and standards, in a cohesive and world-class environment, will result in a continuously improving capability for the field of national security.

Language of Instruction

English is the language of instruction at Rabdan Academy for all programs with the exception of the Crime Scenes program. All core, concentration and elective courses in IEM, BCM, PAS, and MIA are taught in English. Three of the General Education courses are taught in Arabic: Islamic Studies, Arabic Studies, and Emirates Studies. Faculty members and academic staff come from various nations such as the Australia, Canada, Jordan, Tunisia, USA, UK, and UAE.
Course offerings in Spring 2018
Most courses of the study plans are offered in the Spring 2018 semester, with the exception of the MIA program, which offers only semester 2 courses. To access study plans, please use the following links. At the program page, select Plan to open the study plan.
Course descriptions are available in the academic catalogue available here.

Student Accommodation at Rabdan Academy

As part of its commitment to providing a safe, secure and student-friendly environment, Rabdan Academy provides fully-equipped and furnished deluxe hotel apartments in Danat Residency. Located within walking distance of Rabdan Academy, the hotel offers a holistic living-learning environment contributing to positive campus life experience. Proximity to the campus provides accessibility to the Academy’s learning resources including academic staff, library, etc.  Students are housed in shared bedrooms (2 students per room) and the monthly cost is approximately 1,000 USD per student.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Registration Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/15/2018 11/15/2018 TBA TBA