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Dubai Academic City (DAC) is an education zone in the Ruwayyah district of the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which was launched in 2006. It is located along the southern outskirts of the city, 12 miles (19 kilometers) from the city's center. It is enclosed by the Dubai Bypass Road (E 611), Dubai-Al Ain Road (E66), Academic City Rod (D54) and Manama Street (D67) near Dubai Silicon Oasis, International City, Dubailand and Dubai Outlet Mall. It covers an area of 12.1 square kilometers (129 million square feet) and contains campuses for Zayed University, Al Ghurair University, Dubai Men's College (Higher Colleges of Technology [HCT]), University of Dubai (aka Dubai University College), Dubai Aviation College, Dubai Police Officers' Academy, UAE Academy of Hospitality, Lycee Georges Pompidou School, and Dubai English Speaking College. Dubai Academic City will be completed by 2012 and be a base for schools, colleges and universities.

The northeastern region of Dubai Academic City is the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), previously known as Dubai Knowledge Universities (DKU), covering 22% of the area or 2.7 square kilometers (25 million square feet). Dubai International Academic City is a higher education freezone, similar to the Dubai Knowledge Village, offering its occupants 100% foreign ownership of their universities. International universities of higher learning from around the world will operate out of DIAC, including Michigan State University (United States of America), University of Wollongong (Australia), Middlesex University (United Kingdom), The British University (United Kingdom), Heriot-Watt University (United Kingdom), Islamic Azad University (Iran), MAHE Manipal University (India), and S.P. Jain Centre of Management (India). By 2015, it is expected that 40 thousand students will be attending classes from 40 different institutes.

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