The Al-Maktoum Institute is ready to welcome a 36-strong group of UAE female students to Dundee for a three-week Summer School.
This is the seventh such Summer School and the 10th visit of UAE students to Scotland in all when the Institute’s Academic Training Programmes, held in January/February, are taken into account.
The students, from eight different colleges and universities in the UAE and Qatar, plus eight chaperones fly in tomorrow (Tuesday, June 22), bringing the total of female students from the UAE to visit the city in the past seven years to almost 350.
The Institute estimates the twice-yearly visits represent a £200,000 boost to the local Dundee economy.
This year’s schedule includes visits to The Scottish Parliament, Dundee City Chambers, the University of Aberdeen, Glamis Castle, Loch Leven and Edinburgh College of Art. The students, in a new development, will also stay in Edinburgh for the final week of the Summer School.
And, of course, shopping forms part of their itinerary.
“We are looking forward to welcoming our latest group of visitors,” said Institute Principal, Professor Malory Nye. “The Summer School focuses very much on learning about Scotland and, in particular, the history, culture, and traditions of this country in the contemporary world.
“Previous groups have returned home with a very positive and glowing view of Dundee and Scotland so we hope these students will feel the same way to help strengthen the already strong links between the city and Dubai.
“We are delighted that Edinburgh College of Art has arranged a week of activities and visits for them, too. That will round off the visit in a very interesting and enjoyable manner.”