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Visiting BITS Pilani (Dubai Campus)

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To travel to Dubai one needs a Visit Visa issued by a sponsor like a hotel, relative, friend, BITS, or Airline (Emirates). The Visa duration for a Visit Visa is 14 to 30 days though there are 1 day and 4 day transit visas as well issued by Emirates.

Travel By Air

To Dubai International Airport

Emirates Airlines, Air India, Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, and Etihad Airways connect to most Indian cities.

Abu Dhabi International Airport

Etihad Airways: Its hub is Abu Dhabi. They provide a free bus service to & fro Dubai. Contact their Shiekh Zayed Road Office.

Travel By Car


Travelling to the Dubai Campus from the main areas of Deira & Bur Dubai takes approximately 30 minutes. The distance is about 35 kms.

The recommended route is to take the Dubai Al-Ain Road (Highway E66) and the Dubai Academic City Exit to approach Al Khwaneej Road. An alternate way is to take the Emirates Road (Highway E311) and take exit 50 to Academic City to approach Manama Street (you can see International City on your left). Dubai International Academic City is adjacent to Dubai International City & Dubai Silicon Oasis. From the airport the travel time is about 20 minutes, make sure the driver takes the Emirates Road.

Please adhere to the speeds limits as there are hidden speed cameras placed over the city specially near academic city.

Abu Dhabi

Dubai Campus is approximately 2 hours away from Abu Dhabi. You need to take the Sheikh Zayed Road to Dubai and then Interchange 4 to approach Dubai AutoDrome & then take a left (from the round about) on Emirates Road to approach exit for Dubai Academic City.

Travel By Taxi

The most reliable way to get to the campus is by Dubai Taxi (Ph. No. 04-2080808). All taxies are equipped with GPS navigational system.

Note: Dubai Taxi availability varies depending on the timing. Avoid travel on Friday evenings. The travel fare from Deira/Bur Dubai is approximately 50 Dirhams (Initial charge 3 Dirhams)

Taxis taken from the Airport levy a 20 Dirham initial charge (Airport Fees)

Travel By Bus

The current bus service serves Dubai Campus from Dubai Silicon Oasis & International City. It is not a recommended means of transport.

Rent A Car

If traveling on an international license one can rent a car from popular rental agencies on the airport eg. Hertz. Caution: Highways are high speed (100-120kmph) and speed cameras are placed at regular intervals. The cost of renting a car (Toyota Yaris) is about 150 Dirhams a day. Book the car online to get cheaper rates at the airport.

Places to Stay

Currently there are no Hotels near the Campus and the guest house hasn't been made operational. The best areas to stay in the city are Bur Dubai/Deira. The cost of stay varies from 150-300 US$/night depending on the hotel. Hotels can also issue you a visa for travel. Hotels will ask for your passport during check-in. Please don't hesitate as this is for security issues.

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