The University of Dubai (UD) was established in 1997 by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to address the skills and qualifications gap in the workforce and to support the government’s Emiratization initiative through human resource development programs in both the public and private sectors.

The year 2001 was a turning point in the history of the University - recognized then as Dubai University College - when the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research accredited the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computing and Information Systems degree programs. In June 2006, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, approved the name change from Dubai University College to University of Dubai.

This name change indicates the strategic importance assigned to the University by the Ruler of Dubai, and underlines the University’s mandate to promote quality tertiary education in both Dubai and the UAE in general.