The American College of Dubai (ACD) is a private educational institution incorporated under the laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The college is a constituent unit of the Al-Shafar Group of Companies, a well-known entity in Dubai, noted for providing social and public services to the local community. ACD is licensed as an institution of higher learning by the Dubai Municipality and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Education (formerly known as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research) which accredits its academic programs.
The College is located on a purpose-built campus in the Al Garhoud area of Dubai near the Dubai International Airport and opposite the Dubai Festival City in a complex of schools and educational facilities. Its campus includes lecture halls, a separate library building with study areas, a major computer centre and related resource rooms, as well as a small clinic staffed by a resident nurse. Student activity areas include outdoor sports facilities such as a football field as well as basketball and volleyball courts. There is also a games hall beside the cafeteria as well as a dedicated activities area. ACD was established in 1990 and moved to its existing, purpose-built facilities in 1998. A major expansion of the campus was completed in 2001, at which time the library facility was constructed along with a larger student service area as well as additional Information Technology facilities. A subsequent major facility refurbishment was accomplished in 2008.