Useful Information to Help You Along the Way

International Students

Transitioning to university is never easy – and if you’re an international student who has never lived or experienced life in Abu Dhabi, the process of moving to a new city could be a challenge. We currently have more than 50 nationalities within our student body and a strong mentor-ship system to help you to settle in. Once you enroll, during Freshers Week you will have the opportunity to meet students socially and understand more about the clubs and societies that you could become involved with to make the most of life at Alhosn.

Ahead of your arrival, we’ve compiled a list of useful websites, contact numbers and interesting facts to help you to navigate through the UAE. Over and above this, we also have a Student Services Centre that will guide you if you have any questions and if interested, our Corporate Resource Centre can help you look into internships or part-time work that you can take on while you study.

Why choose Abu Dhabi?

A fascinating city with a large community of expatriates, the city is safe and full of opportunities for young students and working professionals looking to build their network and experience. With Expo 2020 just around the corner, there is no better time to move to this growing and developing city.

Frequency of theft, petty crimes and pick-pocketing is considerably low when compared to other large cities. There is a great sense of community and inclusiveness throughout the city, with regular events and activities being organised for residents and tourists throughout the city. Residents residing in the city enjoy a high quality of life, getting the perfect mix of luxury, community, parks, beaches and nature.

What is an Emirates ID?

All citizens and expat residents of the UAE have to obtain an Emirates ID card. This is an electronic identification card issued by the Emirates Identity Authority and should be carried at all times when in the UAE.


You’ll need this card for various reasons such as paying for utility bills, paying fines, registering vehicles, opening a bank account or acquiring a phone or internet contract. For more information, please visit www.id.gov.ae or contact the visa office on 04-3671682/04-3678121.


Health insurance

During 2014 and 2016, DHA (Abu Dhabi Health Authority) implemented a law that requires all residents of Abu Dhabi to have a basic health insurance.  


Students can apply for the health insurance offered by Alhosn University Abu Dhabi for AED 1,500.  Alternatively, you can also arrange for your own cover which will need to be finalised prior to completing your visa process. 


Important phone numbers


  • Roads & Transport Authority Abu Dhabi: 800 90 90
  • Traffic Violations and E-pay: 800 77777
  • Abu Dhabi Municipality: 800 4567
  • Ministry of Education: 800 5115
  • Police Emergency: 999
  • Ambulance: 998 or 999
  • Fire Brigade: 997 or 999




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