Alex Salmond opens Heriot-Watt's new Dubai campus

First Minister Alex Salmond has officially opened a Scottish university's new Dubai campus on the final day of his Gulf states visit.

Heriot-Watt built the £35m educational centre in the oil-rich emirate.

Mr Salmond unveiled a plaque and take a tour of the facilities which will teach up to 4,500 students.

After completing their first year in Dubai, students on a number of courses can transfer to Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh or Scottish Borders campuses.

The university is one of the first higher education institutions to receive a licence from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai (KHDA).

The Scottish government believes the new campus opens up fresh "opportunities and possibilities with some of the world's fastest-growing economies".

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