Canadian University Dubai hosts Canada Day event at City Walk

University marks occasion with inauguration of campus expansion

Sunday, July 4, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has commemorated this year’s Canada Day in Dubai with an all-day event on Thursday, July 1st, at the University’s City Walk campus. The occasion marked the official inauguration of the campus expansion.

In partnership with the Canadian Business Council in Dubai and Merex, CUD welcomed visitors of all nationalities to join in a range of activities to mark the 154th anniversary of the nation. The event was attended by H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General of Canada in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, and Mr. Colin Beaton, Chairman of the Canadian Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates.

Speaking at the official reception, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, said: “Canada Day marks the official inauguration of our expanded City Walk campus, celebrating the bilateral relationship we have between our two nations – the United Arab Emirates and Canada. This relationship spans decades and has placed great emphasis on building prosperity among both of our societies. Today, we acknowledge the shared principles that have brought us together, embracing our cultures through common values.”

H.E. Jean-Philippe Linteau remarked: “This Canada Day we must reflect on our history, show solidarity, and come together to create a brighter future. We are building a great country, but we need to acknowledge where Canada has come from, the ancestral lands of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples, to move forward.”

Looking to the future, Mr. Colin Beaton revealed: “The past year has been a challenge, but we are forward thinkers. We have big plans for this year, and Expo is a large part of it. We have many plans, programs, teams, to ensure the Canadian community is fully engaged with our happenings at the CBC every step of the way.”

With longstanding bilateral ties between the two nations, the UAE is home to some 40,000 Canadian citizens. CUD was established in 2006 to help strengthen that bond by bringing the world-class Canadian curriculum to Dubai. The University has since gone on to become one of the Arab world’s foremost higher education institutions and ranks among the top 2% (601-650) of universities worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings 2022.

The recent expansion to City Walk marks the next phase of the University’s pioneering approach to higher education, with a focus on entrepreneurship, research, and non-conventional methods of teaching and learning.

In parallel with the official reception, shops, and restaurants across City Walk marked the day with special concessions for those wearing the #CanadaDayUAE stickers. A #CanadaDayUAE photo booth was set-up by CUD to allow participants to share their Canada Day greetings and various outlets beyond City Walk offered Canada Day promotions.

About Canadian University Dubai

Canadian University Dubai (CUD), established in 2006, is an institution for higher education located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Ranked in the top 601-650 universities worldwide and the top 4 in the UAE according to the QS World University Rankings 2022, CUD offers a broad range of academic programs at undergraduate and graduate levels based on the Canadian curriculum and serves as a gateway for students to pursue higher education, research, and employment opportunities in Canada.

About Canadian Business Council

The Canadian Business Council (CBC) assists Canadian-related companies and professionals establishing or operating/working in Dubai and the UAE, through business networking and connections, information exchange, and a continued connection to Canada. CBC offers members the opportunity to build their business and government networks while maintaining a strong connection to Canada, through events, member discounts and other benefits and supports. It also offers sponsors an opportunity to access and connect with a substantial number of Canadian professionals and their networks.

About Merex

Merex Investment Group is a Dubai-based retail joint venture that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of remarkable retail assets including City Walk, The Beach, and La Mer. The result of a strategic partnership between Dubai Holdings and Brookfield Asset Management, Merex serves as a dedicated platform to explore growth opportunities in the retail sector across the UAE and the broader region. Composed of handpicked industry experts, the Merex leadership team is rapidly revamping the business model with the intent of raising standards, creating stronger partnerships with tenants, and helping them reach greater heights of success.