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The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland-Dubai was established in 2005 and initially located in Knowledge Village. In 2007, the campus moved to the prestigious Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai Healthcare City.
The RCSI-Dubai Institute of Leadership is one of the schools that comprises the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The Institute of Leadership also operates in RCSI’s Ireland and Bahrain campuses.
RCSI-Dubai offers postgraduate education, training and consultancy in leadership, management, patient safety and quality. Our Masters programmes are accredited and designed with working healthcare professionals in mind. The Institute also provides continuing professional development and bespoke training programmes aimed at facilitating the development of effective healthcare organisations.
All programmes have proved to be very popular, not only in the UAE, but also in the wider region, with many healthcare professionals travelling long distances to participate in them. The MSc Degree programmes are the only UAE-based Level 9 programmes of their kind, accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).
Living in Dubai
While Abu Dhabi is the capital and by far the largest emirate, Dubai is the Gulf’s most vibrant city, despite possessing far fewer oil resources than Abu Dhabi. The modern city has expanded along both banks of the Dubai Creek (al-Khor), a sea-water inlet which effectively cuts Dubai into two semi-cities which are linked by a tunnel and an increasing number of bridges. The city offers outstanding buildings and architecture, including the 39 storey Dubai World Trade Centre. However, breaking all records to date, the 828 metre tall Burj Khalifa is probably the most extravagant of buildings in the emirate. Opened in January 2010, it holds several world records, including the world’s tallest building and tallest man-made structure. The tower spreads over a staggering 160 floors and its spire can allegedly be seen 95 kilometres away.
Facts and figures
- Population: Circa 2.7 million
- Temperature (summer): 34-39C
- Temperature (winter): 23-33C
- Timezone: GMT +4
Transport and getting around
Dubai has a number of public transport options; a high-speed driverless metro system is in operation and there is also a bus service. All journeys on public transport must be paid for via the contactless NOL card onto which credits can be loaded. Taxis are a popular mode of transport in Dubai and there are many ranks located across the city, mostly outside the malls and hotels.
Food and dining
Eating out in Dubai can be obscenely expensive but cheaper and simpler options are available to workers in the city. Al Dhiyafah Road is known for its cheap eats, specialising in Lebanese, Iranian and Indian restaurants and the deceptively simple Bu Qtair in Jumeirah is famous among local expats for its quality seafood at low prices. There are also numerous Indian and Pakistani restaurants, many of which cater for takeaway customers and are very popular among locals and expatriates alike.
Religion and culture
Social customs vary between the Emirates, and between the different areas, for example, modes of dress and behaviour. Dubai combines traditional Arab culture with a Western outlook and is much more liberal in its attitudes than Abu Dhabi. There are greater restrictions on the sale of alcohol in Sharjah than in the other Emirates. In general, men and women should dress in a conventional manner throughout UAE, with formal dress for business and social functions.
Medical supplies are sold in pharmacies, several of which are open 24 hours. When importing prescription medicines, these must be accompanied by a doctor’s letter or copy of the original prescription.
In November 2013, a new Health Insurance Law was approved which stipulates that every national, resident and visitor in Dubai must have essential health insurance coverage and access to essential health services. The law was rolled out in phases with the final phase completed by June 2016.
The opulent Mall of the Emirates contains 560 international brands, including a somewhat unexpected but exceedingly popular Ski Dubai snowpark. The Dubai Mall, next to the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world), is the largest shopping mall in the world. The mall is a tourist destination in its own right with a reported 75 million visitors in 2013. For those looking for a more traditional experience, there are a number of traditional souks in the city, including the gold Souk in Deira and the Souk Madinat in Jumeirah.
Dubai also hosts a number of foreign theatrical companies each year and regularly plays hosts to some of the biggest acts in the industry. The Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre (DUCTAC) puts on performances from dance to music and theatre productions in its 543 seat theatre, as well as hosting a number of creative courses in pottery, creative writing, drawing and painting, film-making, photography and many more. The Laughter Factory also organises monthly comedy events, featuring comedians from around the world.
Sports and family clubs
The long coastlines in Dubai offer excellent fishing and it is possible to hire fully-equipped boats with crew for deep-sea fishing trips. It is also possible to hire equipment for water-skiing, sailing and windsurfing. Dubai is a very popular destination for windsurfing as the waters off it are considered to be among the best in the world.
Other popular attractions in Dubai include the municipal Mushrif Park (which features a public swimming pool and opportunities for horse and camel riding), Mushrif Equestrian & Polo Club, Dubai Zoo, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo and Dubai Museum. Children can delight in Dubai’s Wonderland, a family fun park, and Wild Wadi Water Park, a water based theme park.
Relocating to Dubai
Tenancy agreements in Dubai are typically for one year, with an option to renew, and rent is usually payable six-monthly or annually in advance. Newly arrived expatriates have the option of living in serviced apartments hotels while trying to find long-term accommodation. Services apartments are furnished and usually have a weekly cleaning and laundry service. The rental cost is inclusive of all furnishings, and the monthly cost varies depending on length of stay, location, property size and time of year.
Cost of living
|Litre of milk||AED 5.5||€1.40|
|Dozen eggs||AED 14.20||€3.58|
|Loaf of bread||AED 8.20||€2.10|
|Three course meal (mid-range restaurant)||AED 255||€65|
|Lunch in a cafe||AED 86||€22|
|Bottle of beer||AED 12.38||€3.15|
Working in Dubai
Work authorisations and visas
BankingForeign nationals may open bank accounts in the UAE. To do so, applicants must provide their original passport, a valid residence visa letter and letter from their employer stipulating salary and amount that will regularly be paid in to their account. Banking hours are generally 8am-1pm Sunday to Thursday, and 8am-12pm Friday.