Oxford & Cambridge Society of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)


The Oxford & Cambridge Society UAE provides a focal point for all alumni of Oxford or Cambridge resident in the United Arab Emirates. The Society is free to join and, since being founded by David Spearing in 2005, has grown to over 600 members.

We have an active social calendar in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Recent highlights include the Boat Race Dinner, the May Ball (actually in May), an Iftar during Ramadan and a debate against Harvard. We also host receptions for academics and dignitaries, hold lectures by visiting professors and arrange frequent, more informal gatherings. Alumni and faculty visiting the UAE are always welcome to attend our events.

We maintain a broad range of links back to Oxford & Cambridge, and actively work with schools and government institutions in the UAE to promote a greater understanding of the opportunities for students at the two universities. We are also keen to support other alumni groups around the world.

If you are resident in the UAE (either Emirati or expatriate) and would like to join the Society, please fill in the short membership form. We can then keep you informed of upcoming events and activities. If you would like to participate in organising events or running the Society, we always welcome your support and ideas. Any further enquiries can be sent by email to the group. You can also join our LinkedIn group.

The Committee

  • Founder and Honorary Life President - David Spearing MBE (Abu Dhabi)
  • Chairperson - Laura Capelin (Oxon, Dubai)
  • Oxford contact - Emir Mujkic (Oxon, Abu Dhabi and Dubai)
  • Vice Chairman and Entrepreneurship - James Maughan (Dubai)
  • Ivy League - Abdullah Chaudhry (Dubai)
  • Legal - Peter Gray (Dubai)
  • Schools Liaison - Lucy Holland (Oxon, Dubai)
  • Emirati Student Society - Khaleefa al Dhaheri (UK)
  • Sponsorship - Sarah Lawrence (Oxon, Dubai)
  • LinkedIn and International Relations - Kaya Pierce-Grove (Oxon, Dubai)

Family outing to an organic farm

Date and time: Saturday, 6 February, 2:30pm - 6:00pm.

Venue: MyFarm Dubai, Al Khawaneej - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.

Details: Fuel your passion for nature and learn about gardening and sustainable urban farming on a family visit with other Oxonians to an organic farm in Dubai.

The visit will comprise a family 'agri-edutainment' workshop in which attendees can pick up tips on gardening and urban farming using full sustainable methods in the desert with minimal water and zero insecticides.

Cost: AED100 (adults), 50 (children under 12 – not recommended for under three years old) and includes a farm tour, veggie/fruit & herb tasting & soft drinks.

Booking: Registration is required as places are limited to 20 due to COVID. Please RSVP by Tuesday, 2 February by completing the Eventbrite form. Please email the group with any enquiries.

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UAE Oxbridge Entrepreneurs (CAMentrepreneurs) - Panel discussion on entrepreneurship do's and don'ts

Date and time: Tuesday, 23 February 6-8pm.

Venue: Al Khazzan Park, Al Safa St - Al Satwa - Dubai - United Arab Emirates.

Details:  Join the Oxford & Cambridge Society of the UAE and UAE Oxbridge Entrepreneurs (CAMentrepreneurs) for an informative panel discussion on entrepreneurship do's and don'ts.

The session will also explore the impact of COVID and focus on student start-ups.

The panel comprises Nicola Bettio, ED, Applied Research, Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Higher Colleges of Technology; and Karl Feilder, CEO, Chairman and Founder of Neutral Fuels.

Cost: Anyone wishing to attend is asked to make a contribution of AED50 (which includes a veggie or beef burger and a drink).

Booking: To register for the event, please complete the Eventbrite form. Please RSVP by Sunday, 21 February.  Please email the group with any enquiries.

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