Dundee, the City of Discovery, is a modern and vibrant city set in a stunning location at the mouth of the River Tay on the east coast of Scotland with a population of approx. 142,000.
The city benefits from a central geographic location, with 90% of Scotland within 90 minutes drive. Dundee is a main station on the UK east coast line, has excellent motorway network, regional airport with direct flights from Belfast, Birmingham and London City and is also a significant cruise ship port.
With more hours of sunshine than any other Scottish city and an abundance of green spaces - Dundee provides an unrivalled quality of life. It is a thriving regional economic and commercial centre drawing commuters from a catchment population of 640,000 within a 60-minute drive.
Growing industries include biotechnology, digital media and customer services. With over 4000 life scientists working in the area from more than 52 countries, many lured to the city by the University of Dundee, some of the most significant research work in areas such as diabetes, cancer and neurosciences takes place in Dundee.
Companies such as Axis Shield, Cyclacel and Millipore have all been attracted to the city by the breadth and pace of research discoveries in Dundee. In digital media Dundee is the creative heart of the world's computer games industry with half of the Scottish games firms based in Dundee. The city has cultivated a thriving community of young games designers many studying at the University of Abertay Dundee.
Dundee is Scotland's student city with more young people in full-time education per head of population than any other city. Dundee boasts 2 universities - University of Abertay Dundee and University of Dundee, a major further education college and a teacher training college. The growth in the number of successful local companies involved in technology owes much to the strong links fostered between academia and industry.
Working with the ethos of promoting a greater understanding and building bridges through academic excellence and serving communities, the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dundee has become an integral part of Dundee's city and society. In addition, this has promoted Dundee as a home to a centre of excellence in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
The Institute is actively working to educate the next generation of scholars - both in Scotland/the UK and internationally -in the fields of the Study of Islam and Muslims.
Dundee is a centre for Arts and Culture. The city's cultural quarter features the award winning Dundee Contemporary Arts centre, the Dundee Rep theatre and the Sensation science centre as well as an array of restaurants and cafes.
Elsewhere, Dundee boasts a generous offering of theatres, museums, galleries, shopping malls and retail parks. Leisure facilities abound and Dundee is a key centre for golf with a number of world famous courses on its doorstep including St Andrews, the home of golf, just across the river.
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