As part of the preventive and precautionary measures aimed at maintaining safety of students and in line with the efforts made to contain the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, the Ministry of Education has announced a four-week closure starting Sunday, March 8th, 2020. Accordingly, Spring Break will be brought forward to Sunday March 8th, 2020 till March 21st, 2020. In adherence to the Ministry announcement and the international standards for health, safety and hygiene, CUD will utilize this period to conduct massive operations to sanitize the university facilities and buses.

During the remaining two weeks of closure (March 22nd, 2020 till April 4th, 2020) classes will resume using CUD distance learning mode to ensure education continuity. []

For further details on this announcement, students, faculty & staff members are requested to refer to their official university emails.

Canadian University Dubai students awarded honorary mention at P&T Design Competition

June 17th, 2019: Canadian University Dubai architecture students, Basil Ahmed and Khateeja Banu, have been awarded an honorary mention at the P&T Architectural Design Competition titled “Giving Back To The Community”, organized by the globally recognized architectural design firm, P&T Group.

The challenge was staged to commemorate the firm’s 150th anniversary, and its 15th year in the UAE, with the goal to promote “connectivity along streets of high rise and youth apartments”. With the aim of encouraging ease of connectivity through public transport and pedestrian walkways, the sustainable and innovative solutions arising from this competition are set not only to benefit Dubai, but also the wider UAE.

The competition saw 44 design submissions, which were judged by a jury of professionals in the architecture field, including HE Shaikha Nahla AlQassimi, Board Member of the Society of Engineers; DAFZA Senior Manager, Ahmed Ali Al Mahmoud; RIBA Gulf Chair, Sumaya Dabbagh; and four P&T Group members. The criteria by which the entries were evaluated considered the elements of form, function, innovation, environmental and sustainable solutions, and presentation.

Basil and Khateeja’s project, titled “04 Tower”, aimed to “accommodate user needs and minimize the vehicular usage, to create a community within the residents of the tower, and to provide a unique living experience.”

Some of the innovative design solutions that they incorporated include the use of mini-farms, where each balcony has space to grow fruits and vegetables. The design also features a space-saving alternative developed using A.I., and modular units installed in the ceiling of the flats, creating a multipurpose space to accommodate smaller flats. The urban space is lined with greenery, seating areas, and retail stores, to address the everyday needs of the residents.