UAE: Abu Dhabi Education

Chapter | Education from The Report: Abu Dhabi 2020

Abu Dhabi continues to make significant investments in its education sector, which is set to remain an area of consistent growth in the...

Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s sixth-largest proven oil reserves and is working to achieve self-sufficiency in natural gas. It has been successfully pursuing diversification, particularly in terms of manufacturing, banking and ICT. While the global Covid-19 pandemic and decline in international oil prices poses challenges for the emirate, the fundamentals underpinning its economy remain strong.

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With the current semester winding up, many higher education institutions in the Gulf are already planning an expanded offering of courses for the next academic year – with a focus on supporting the needs of the region’s post-pandemic economy.

The UAE’s robust current account balance cushioned the economy against the twin global challenges of Covid-19 and the oil price drop in 2020. Lockdowns were implemented to protect public health, and Emiratis migrated online.

After rising to the challenge of the pandemic early last year, educational institutions in the Gulf have continued to develop their digital strategies as part of broader plans for the future.

As Gulf countries look to rebound from the disruption of 2020, higher education institutions are playing a key role in meeting the needs of the region’s post-coronavirus economy.


What is being done to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in higher education?


As part of the emirate’s wider digitalisation drive, Abu Dhabi is investing in artificial intelligence (AI) in education and expanding the use of technology in schools. AI has the potential to transform the emirate’s economy; a 2018 report by PwC estimated that the technology could contribute $320bn to the MENA region’s GDP by 2030. The report...

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