Abu Dhabi is a city of more than 1.3 million people located in the heart of the Middle East on the southwestern coast of the Gulf. The capital of both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, international residents from 120 countries make up 80 percent of the population of the city of Abu Dhabi. English, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, and French are spoken as often as Arabic here.

Abu Dhabi has developed a progressive agenda in health care, the arts, economic and environmental sustainability, and educational and human development — with impressive resources supporting the vital talent and infrastructure required to leverage these advantages. Together, this strategic location and forward-looking commitment create a dazzling array of opportunities for learning, research, and innovation — in one of the world's next great idea capitals.

Saadiyat Island Campus


Saadiyat Island Campus

NYU Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island campus is designed to promote interaction between living and learning, research and teaching, and the disciplines, as well as faculty, students, and staff. The arrangement of offices, the visibility across large areas and between indoors and outdoors, the connections between buildings so that none stand alone, the outdoor gathering spaces, and the on-campus living are among the ways the campus’ design encourages this interaction.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi

Located on an island on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi is the dynamic capital city of both the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates. It has a highly diverse and international population — 80 percent of its inhabitants are "ex-pats," coming from some 150 countries around the globe. Reflecting that diversity, NYUAD faculty and staff themselves represent more than 20 countries, speak many languages, and come from varied backgrounds and experiences internationally. A cosmopolitan workforce in a cosmopolitan city.

Much like any cosmopolitan metropolis, both street and pedestrian traffic are lively in Abu Dhabi. Locals and ex-pats alike frequent shopping malls, restaurants, sports facilities, and the waterfront area known as the Corniche. English is widely used in Abu Dhabi, and signs for roads, shops, restaurants, and most businesses are written in both Arabic and English. The city has great beaches and there are many parks. Boating and water sports are also very popular along the Gulf coast.

Between Abu Dhabi and its neighboring Emirates, shopping opportunities abound, from the traditional date and fish markets to the most contemporary of shopping malls that carry many recognizable brands of food, clothing, electronics, and more. All of these destinations are easily accessible via the city’s network of inexpensive taxis and buses.

Recent additions to Abu Dhabi’s growing cultural scene — a classical music season, an annual film festival, and an annual international art fair, for example — contribute to a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.

NYUAD Staff visit Manarat Al Saadiyat

Saadiyat Island Development

NYUAD in Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is a central component of Abu Dhabi's vision of becoming a leading world idea capital. For its first four years, the University was located in the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi. In August 2014, NYU Abu Dhabi transitioned to its permanent campus located in the Marina District of Saadiyat Island, where it will be joined by neighbors including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Zayed National Museum, and a world-class performing arts center.