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Construction work finished on Dubai student accommodation project

Four buildings completed in Dubai Silicon Oasis free zone can accommodate up to 432 students

Construction work finished on Dubai student accommodation project

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis, has announced the completion of construction work on a 10,000 sq m student accommodation complex.

The project built at a total investment value of AED56 million comprises four buildings with fully furnished units of varying sizes and can accommodate up to 432 students.

The faculty will welcome students from the DSO-based Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT-Dubai), as well as the neighbouring Dubai International Academic City, a statement said.

It added that the student accommodation complex is the result of a "careful analysis of the prevailing housing options for university students in the emirate which shows a definite shortage in supply".

This has often posed a challenge for universities in attracting international students and their families.

The ground floor of the buildings will include retail shops, F&B outlets, recreational common areas, and study halls for the students. The entire facility will offer free Wi-Fi access, through a campus-wide secure wireless network by Avaya.

Dubai has 57 academic institutions offering programs in higher education. Of these, 26 are international universities, with total numbers exceeding 50,000 students. Although tuition fees for universities and colleges in the UAE are lower than those in similar institutions abroad, the high cost of housing is an important concern for parents and has adversely impacted the admission of such students to Dubai’s colleges.

A wholly-owned entity of the government of Dubai, DSO operates as a free zone technology park for large enterprises, medium and small companies looking to set up their offices in Dubai.

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