Abu Dhabi - Madinat Zayed Campus

The New ZU AUH Campus is located in Madinat Zayed in Abu Dhabi.  It is housed on a land area of 77 Hectares with a total built up area of 188,500 SQM.  The built-up area features a segregated campus that can accommodate both males and females during the core hours but in separate and identical facilities that mirror each other.

The designer of the new AUH Campus was inspired with the dessert and the veil and chose to reflect these two within the design of the campus.  The designer’s vision states: “The new campus find its emphasis in the distinct marking of the focal point. Formally, the central functions of the University are linked organically – inspired by the flowing forms of the desert and the veil. Functionally, the integrated, shady outdoor spaces activate communication. Emotionally, the academic establishment in the neighborhood of further large buildings devoted to culture and sport, gains an image of its standard that is distinguishable the world over.”


The campus became operational in August 2011 and boasts impressive state-of-the-art facilities, spaces of which include:

  • 413 classrooms/quiet study areas/laboratories;

  • 325 administrative offices

  • 764 faculty & college administration offices;

  • 217 meeting & breakout rooms;

  • Varied sizes of auditoriums (convention center auditorium capacity of 1000 persons, library auditoriums capacity of 400 and 200 persons respectively). 

  • cafeteria that can cater to 2325 persons at any one time

  • 31 retail spaces of various types and sizes for different types of retail mixes. 

  • Large library with 5 floors – that is functionally designed to be able to do efficient segregation and time-sharing.

  • Fitness facility with spaces designed for multiple sporting activities and a half-sized Olympic pool 

In addition to the above, the ZU Abu Dhabi campus is the only one of the 5 ZU campuses that has the following:

  • 2 residential blocks – one for males and one for females, each being able to accommodate 67 students

  • daycare center

​​The campus capacity is to accommodate a total of 6,000 students, approximately 70% Female and 30% Male.  The campus has been functionally designed to allow easy expansion in the event of growth.

Two parties share in the responsibilities of facilities management of the Abu Dhabi Campus.  These parties include ZU CPD and JBI/Serco.  Each of the parties having distinct roles and responsibilities that are known to the users of the campus.