Khalifa University has three campuses in Abu Dhabi – it’s Main Campus, the Masdar City Campus (home to Masdar Institute), and the Sas Al Nakhl Campus (home to the Petroleum Institute). Each is fully equipped to provide facilitate high quality academic and research activities while also facilitating an active student life.
Opened in 2016, the purpose-built campus covers over 135,000 square meters and houses 105 laboratories, including state-of-the-art aerospace and underwater robotics labs, 72classrooms, the UAE’s largest academic sports center, retail and food outlets, and multi-story parking.
The building’s design, which won the award for best Cultural and Institutional Project at the 2015 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Interior Design and Architecture Awards, was inspired by the Arab regions rich artistic history and heritage. The interior design contains curves and ellipses that are meant to mimic the beauty and purity of the desert.
The academic sports center, which is housed over four stories, consists of separate men’s and women’s facilities featuring state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight lifting equipment, fitness studios, and courts for basketball, squash, volleyball and badminton.
The main campus also features a 200-meter long pedestrian walkway, called the Creative Spine, which spans the heart of the campus, providing clear and unobstructed views of the main buildings, while encouraging innovation through interaction and a collaborative academic environment.
The Masdar City campus of Khalifa University of Science and Technology is the main location of its renewable energy and sustainable technology-focused Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, and as such, is located at the center of the sustainable urban development.
The campus was designed by renowned architectural firm Foster & Partners to provide a new model for sustainable living and working. Covering 32,783 square meters of purpose-built facilities, it includes student apartments, laboratories, cleanrooms, a microscopy suite, a knowledge center, a 60-seat auditorium, a multipurpose hall, gym, canteen, cafes and retail outlets.
The campus buildings draw strong stylistic references from traditional Arabic architecture, and are set close together to maximize shade and to funnel breezes. Windows are designed to capture natural light and reduce reliance on artificial lighting, while at the same time minimizing the intense glare. Masdar Institute’s campus uses significantly less energy and water than similar sized campuses and businesses and is powered entirely by renewable energy.
Student residences consist of 323 apartments split into eight blocks, four for males, three for females and one for married students. Campus apartments are accessed via a fully shaded atrium space that exploits thermal mass and natural ventilation to provide free cooling, while atrium roof lights allow diffuse daylight, blocking direct sunlight.
The apartment balconies feature the red sand-colored undulating glass reinforced concrete screens that replicate the function of the traditional Arab Mashrabiya screens. The balcony design provides privacy as well as shade from the sun, thus preventing solar gain on the building walls.
Each unit has a metering that provides feedback to the building facilities manager and individual occupants on their demand for energy, water and cooling. When unoccupied, each apartment enters a ‘sleep’ mode to minimize energy consumption.
In the interest of health and sustainability Masdar City was designed to be a largely pedestrian-focused community. As such, movement across the campus is done on foot or by chauffeured electric vehicle, while shuttle buses provide transport to and from the campus.
The Sas Al Nakhl Campus is the main location of Khalifa University’s hydrocarbon production and exploration focused Petroleum Institute.
Student residences at the Sas Al Nakhl Campus consist of male and female dorms. Male students are housed in six hostel buildings on campus while female students reside off-campus at the Umm Lulu Housing Complex. All student dormitories are equipped with Wi-Fi and Internet, cleaning services and 24-hour security.
Exercise rooms are available in Student Center, Arzanah, and Umm Lulu buildings and there are a number of sports courts and fields on campus.
The campus also features dining at the male and female Student Life buildings. The Satah building has a dining facility that serves three meals a day and a similar outlet is open to the female students in Arzanah building serving two meals a day. Smaller cafeterias are open for the Sas Al Nakhl Campus community in the Bu Hasa and Habshan buildings. All of these outlets serve an a la carte menu and breakfast and lunch buffets.
The Sas Al Nakhl campus also houses two libraries with an extensive collection of books, journals and periodicals. In addition, its libraries provide access to more than 40 online databases on- and off-campus such as EBSCOhost, OnePetro and Science Direct. It also features the Independent Learning Center (ILC), which has been designed to help students with self-study.
The campus also has First Aid Clinics to provide primary health care to the students, faculty, and staff members as well as the Sas Al Nakhl Clinic.