Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) is the world’s largest Free Zone dedicated to Higher Education. Dubai International Academic City was launched in April, 2007 in response to the tremendous growth witnessed by Universities in the Dubai Knowledge Village campus. DIAC was set up on an 18 million sq. ft campus in order to create a-self contained and vibrant environment catering exclusively to the needs of the academic community. The campus was developed to accommodate the needs of many academic partners to expand their campuses, due to the growth of the education sector and influx of students in Dubai. From humble beginnings in 2007 with 10 universities and 2,500 students, experiencing growth into 2010 with 27 regional and international universities and nearly 20,000 students, it can be seen that DIAC has catered to the needs of the region. There are now universities from 10 different countries and we now have a large community of students from In 2007, there were 36 programmes being offered and now the number stands at over 400 programmes. The growth of DIAC continues into 2014 with many of the academic partners moving to purpose-built campuses within the DIAC free zone. DIAC along with its academic partners are also looking to offer more programmes catering to the workforce planning needs of the UAE.