3.3.3 Does your university as a body share sports facilities with the local community, for instance with local schools or with the general public?

At CUD students have access to academic, personal, and extracurricular resources including Professor support, learning resources, Learning Resource Centre facilities, computer labs, science labs, activities and recreation, including a gymnasium, tennis court and professional instruction, field trips, drama club and social trips.

The Canadian University Dubai campus is an architecturally unique building. Our four blocks are surrounded by lush vegetation, providing the perfect backdrop in any of our courtyards for quiet conversation or study.

The campus location is steps away from Sheikh Zayed Road, the main thoroughfare of downtown Dubai and the hub of the financial district.

Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, and many of Dubai's premier attractions surround our facilities, and the Financial Centre metro station is within walking distance of the University, ensuring an easy commute to our centrally located campus. There are also a wide selection of shops and restaurants nearby.

Al Bada’a Campus

City Walk Campus

Academic Facilities

Our classrooms, laboratories and studios are fully furnished and well-equipped with the latest technology, enabling faculty and students to enhance the learning process with digital and online content. Wireless network access is available in all classroom areas and other common areas for the use of students and each classroom is equipped with overhead projectors and computer workstations that enable faculty members to enhance learning with interactive content.

Learning Resource Centre (LRC)

The LRC houses a reference section, current magazines, journals and newspapers, and collections related to the University’s courses of study, including English language study. Computers are also available for student use during Library hours.

Red Theatre

The Red Theatre is a gathering place for both official ceremonies and student led activities. From MoU signings to student talent competitions, there is always something happening in this versatile space.

Computer laboratories

We offer several computer laboratories strategically placed throughout the campus, including one lab dedicated to Apple products. Each lab is furnished with computer desks, chairs and Desktop PCs for students to use. Software required for all programs has been installed on these machines.

Sport Facilities

Canadian University Dubai has a range of athletic facilities that allow students to balance their studies with physical activity. The 160-seat tennis court with its cement surface promotes a fast game with a high bounce.

Student Health Clinic

Free basic medical services are provided for students at the Canadian University Dubai Medical Centre. A qualified nurse is available on campus, and a fully qualified medical doctor is available once a week for consultations and follow-ups.

Prayer Rooms

Canadian University Dubai offers two beautiful prayer rooms located on the third floor of Hall D. These rooms allow both male and female students the opportunity to offer their prayers in the University.


Our campus is home to several cafeterias serving a wide range of cuisines. The cafe areas provide a multicultural, multinational, and social environment, and are the main gathering place for students between classes and during their free time. All area are equipped with free wireless internet. In addition, the students can always use one of the many vending machines located throughout the campus.

Residence Facilities

Canadian University Dubai has residence facilities in the beautiful Discovery Gardens. Students living in residence are provided with transportation services to and from campus several times a day.

Parking Facilities

Secure parking is available for a nominal fee per semester on a first-come first-serve basis. Please check with Physical Resources on campus for more information. There is also free parking available in the large lot on the south side of the campus, and on the streets surrounding the University.

At CUD we recognize that the importance of staying healthy and active and offer a number of sporting activities to our students on campus.

Students are encouraged to take part as an active role in sports at university can help them develop practical skills like team work, discipline, sportsmanship, cooperation, dedication and decision making, supporting both their physical and personality development, and helping them progress in the future.

Our dedicated Sports Program offers students the opportunity for regular training and practices, intra and inter-mural competitions, and our sports teams play matches in tournaments and events across the UAE.

Our facilities on campus include an outdoor sports court and a fully-equipped fitness room. Our sports programs include:

Football training

Basketball team training

Volleyball training

Tennis training

We also have teams representing the university in:

Table tennis



For further information about the Canadian University Dubai Sports Program contact:

Mr. Dusan Popovic

Email: sports@cud.ac.ae


New MoU provides learning and engagement opportunities for sports management students and professionals

Thursday, June 3, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) and Al Wasl Sports Club (AWC) have established a new partnership to promote education and professional development opportunities that will help build capacity across the UAE’s growing sports management sector.

The new collaboration was sealed with the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations. The partnership is set to boost cooperation and engagement through a range of initiatives, including student internships, academic-related projects and events, research activities and outreach programs. A fast-track course for professional development in the sector is one initiative currently in the works.

The MoU signing follows the launch last year of CUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management program. The first undergraduate degree of its kind in the UAE, the four-year course prepares students for a career in the dynamic and exciting business of professional sports.

The program is led by Associate Professor, Dr. Leonardo Jose Mataruna-Dos-Santos, himself an accomplished sportsman, having participated as part of the Brazilian Olympic Judo Team in London 2012, Beijing 2008, Athens 2004, and Sydney 2000. Alongside his extensive academic experience in the region, Dr. Mataruna-Dos-Santos is also a commentator and advisor for the Arabian Football Gulf League.

Speaking about the partnership, Dr. Mataruna-Dos-Santos said, “This MoU will provide CUD students with hands-on exposure to the inside of the industry in the region, which will add real value to their learning experience. Through internships, real-life case studies and other professional interactions, it will help them to develop the professional networks they need to enter and advance within the sector.”

Mr. Mohammad Ali Amer, Executive Director of Al Wasl Sports Club, expressed his pleasure in partnering with the University, which ranks among the leading educational institutions at the regional and global level, saying, “The partnership comes from our keenness to implement social responsibility, which Al Wasl has always been proactive in implementing and is consistent with the vision and strategy of the club, which aims to enrich and consolidate cooperation with institutions in all fields, to achieve national goals in all cultural, educational, sports and social aspects.”

Prof. Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor of CUD, shared his enthusiasm for the collaboration with Al Wasl Sports Club, which has been awarded the title of club of the century in the UAE, in recognition of its tremendous achievements. Prof. Chelli remarked, “As an internationally-recognized educational institution for higher learning, Canadian University Dubai is committed to providing unique opportunities to our students that will enhance their academic experience and support their scholarly ambitions. Our willingness to continue to build these relationships reinforces our determination, hard work and compassion to succeed for our students, our faculty members and our community.”

Mr. Buti Saeed Al Ghandi, Chancellor of Canadian University Dubai, added: “In line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, this partnership complements the Nation’s societal health and happiness, strengthening CUD’s connection not only with sport itself, but also with the fans, the regional football community and the United Arab Emirates as a whole.”

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management is set to welcome a new cohort of students for the Fall 2021 semester, who will be among the first to benefit from the new collaboration with Al Wasl Sports Club.

Anyone who wants to be part of the CUD sports teams needs to attend!!!

If you have any questions please contact Mr. John Sherratt room B1-14.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD) celebrated the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) on April 6, 2021 with Al Wasl Sports Club (AWC) by participating in the Peace and Sport’s #WhiteCard campaign.

Established by the United Nations General Assembly and the International Olympic Committee, April 6 recognizes the role that sport plays in society and its power to foster dialogue, understanding, social inclusion, and peace.

To commemorate this special day, Canadian University Dubai organized an Academic Seminar of Football Management with the partnership of AWC. 

Dr. Leonardo Mataruna, Professor of Sports Management, Canadian University Dubai, said: “This year, we are all still facing an unprecedented situation. This occasion provides the opportunity for CUD and AWC to highlight the unique power of sport in supporting people and communities to overcome the challenges imposed by the pandemic.”

With reference to the yellow and red card in many sports, a #WhiteCard is a symbol created by the Peace and Sport organization to represent the positive power of sport for peace and social inclusion.

The core message of the 2021 #WhiteCard campaign is “behind each #WhiteCard, there is a story.” It seeks to highlight and draw attention to the stories of individuals and communities who have been positively impacted by sport all around the globe. Through a #WhiteCard, everyone can advocate for the unique power of sport for social development and peace, sharing personal stories on how sport has helped people to overcome challenges.

Yousef Al Sayed, Marketing Manager, Al Wasl Sports Club, said: “We are very proud to promote this initiative of the #WhiteCard with CUD in the United Arab Emirates. This is a universal movement from the sport community which has contributed to the promotion of peace all around the world."

CUD and AWC established a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2021. The MoU represents an ongoing relationship that supports cooperation and engagement between the two parties through various activities, including: internship opportunities, academic-related projects and events, research initiatives, outreach programs, and much more.

This event was organized through CUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management program, that gives students a profound understanding of the issues and practices prevalent in sport management, while teaching them how to negotiate contracts with players and vendors through athletic valuation, attract crowds to sports events, and coordinate external communication through traditional and digital media.


Thursday, April 22, 2021: Canadian University Dubai (CUD), in collaboration with Al Wasl Sports Club (AWC), hosted a series of webinars to commemorate the United Nations International Sport for Development and Peace on April 6, 2021.

Organized through CUD’s Department of Sport Management, the aim of these sessions was to provide attendees with an overview of football management in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Topics of discussion included; Club Licensing Management, Professional Football Management, and Sports Marketing in the country.

Pedro Correia, Sport Management Consultant, Al Wasl Sports Club and Commentator, Arabian Gulf League, shared his expertise and knowledge on the UAE football landscape, structure of a professional football club, and the requirements for a club to be officially licensed by the UAE Football Association (UAEFA).

Yousef Al Sayed, ex-player at Shabab Al Ahli Club, and Marketing Manager, Al Wasl Sports Club, shared his experience as a player in the Arabian Gulf League and the sports marketing scene in the country.

Dr. Leonardo Mataruna, Professor, Canadian University Dubai, and Advisor, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), mediated the debates and promoted the discussion using his experience as Football Commentator in the Arabian Gulf League.

The speakers were impressed by the inquisitive questions asked by the attendees who included CUD students, AWC members, and people from all around the world including UAE, Canada, Saudi Arabian, Qatar, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Brazil, England, and the United States of America.

CUD’s Bachelor of Business Administration in Sports Management prepares students to deal with matters that are unique to the sports industry. They learn to negotiate contracts with players and vendors through athletic valuation, attract crowds to sports events, and coordinate external communication through traditional and digital media, to strengthen the tie between the fans and the team.

CUD and AWC established a partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2021. The MoU represents an ongoing relationship that supports cooperation and engagement between the two parties through various activities, including: internship opportunities, academic-related projects and events, research initiatives, outreach programs and much more.