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With more than half of today’s global population living in cities, the future of our planet is urban. The profession to shape that future is urban planning.
Rafael Pizarro

Welcome to the Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program at AUS, the premier graduate degree of its kind in the region.  

With more than half of today’s global population living in cities, the future of our planet is urban. The profession to shape that future is urban planning.

Urban planners play an important role in how we experience urban life. They decide how urban lands are used, what transportations systems are most appropriate, and what urban forms are most sustainable. They also shape the social and economic policies that impact regions, cities, small towns, and natural areas, and make decisions in collaboration with communities and other stakeholders for the future of our urban environments.  

There is no better time to become an urban planner than today.

By joining our MUP program you will get the best urban planning education in the UAE and in the Gulf region. As we link theory to practice and emphasize analytical and communication skills, you will learn how to think critically and apply creativity in community engagement and collaborative decision-making. 

In our state-of-the-art facilities, and under the guidance of international urban planning academics and practitioners, we will give you a unique, hands-on learning experience and equip you with the practical skills and relevant knowledge you need for a successful career as an urban planner.

Our graduates work in successful urban development firms in the GCC and some are leaders of public planning agencies in the UAE. Whether you aspire to work in the public or the private sector, or to start your own planning consulting firm, there are plenty of opportunities for a successful career as an urban planner.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus.

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Events

28
Sep

T-Serai Textile Workshop by Azra Aksamija

CAAD AD1-103
September 28, 2019
10:00 - 17:00
Open entry
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17
Sep

Enigma Variations: A Lecture by Thomas Daniell

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
September 17, 2019
16:00 - 17:00
Open entry
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23
May

Six Degrees

Dubai Design District, Building 6
May 23, 2019
21:00 - 02:00
Open Entry
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16
Apr

Absent by Professor Brian Dougan

CAAD Lecture Hall, AD1-102
April 16, 2019
17:00 - 18:00
Open entry
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09
Apr

Painting Exhibition

CAAD Gallery, AD2-123
April 9, 2019
18:00 - 19:00
Open entry
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24
Mar

Barcelona: Exhibition of Fall 2018 Semester Abroad

CAAD Gallery, AD2-123
March 24, 2019
17:00 - 18:00
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Master of Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Shatha Al Suwaidi

DIRECTOR OF PROJECTS , NAKHEEL

As a civil engineer, I always knew that most challenging problems in cities were the planning of infrastructure and community facilities, problems that could only be addressed with good professional training as an urban planner. When I discovered that the MUP program at AUS was the best one in the UAE, with great faculty and educational facilities, I decided to join it.  Today, working as Director of Infrastructure Projects at Nakheel, one of the biggest real estate development companies in the world, and being responsible for the construction of roads, utility facilities, and sustainable communities, I have been able to apply the knowledge and skills I learned in the AUS MUP.

Master of Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Dr. Shaima AlHarmoodi

PhD in Project Management (British University in Dubai).

I entered the MUP program because I wanted fulfill my passion for urban sustainability, to provide me with the right knowledge to leave my imprint in UAE cities, and to give me the foundations to pursue doctoral studies. The AUS MUP prepared me to continue my academic journey towards obtaining a PhD in Project Management at the American University in Dubai.

Master of Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Omar Thiab

Senior Manager for CAD & Survey, Dubai Creative Clusters Authority

As someone with more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of civil  engineering, including 16 years in urban master planning, studying urban planning at AUS helped me to fill the gap between practice and theory. The MUP program has taught me about the various theories and schools of thought in urban planning along with the appropriate tools to apply those theories to real world problems. The program has helped me to think critically and to address urban planning problems in a methodical professional way. Given that one of my jobs is to review, critique, and approve large master plans for my company, the MUP has prepared me to undertake these tasks with confidence and knowing that I am applying the highest standards in the industry.

Master of Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Humaid Abdulla Al Hammadi

Land Allocation Unit Head, Dubai Municipality

As an urbanist, I've always been passionate about urban design and city planning. After graduating with my bachelor's degree in architectural engineering I wanted to pursue graduate studies in urban planning. I chose the Master of Urban Planning at AUS because it is the best in the region.  The MUP program gave me the right urban planning knowledge and skills to perform better at my job in the Dubai Municipality and proposing better policies for the city.

Master of Urban Planning Program
College of Architecture, Art and Design

Mohamed Hasan AlMutawwa

Manager, Green Economy, RTA Dubai

Because cities have grown dramatically in size and population, a proper specialization in urban planning is key to manage urban growth. Being a planner in Dubai, one of the fastest growing cities in the world, it is critical to master the profession of city planning. The MUP program taught me how to create vibrant places, encourage social equality, foster economic growth, and adapt cities to climate change.