The Emirates College of Technology (ECT) was first established as the Emirates Institute of Technology (EIT) in early in 1993. In 1993 In the same year, the EIT was licensed by the Ministry of Education to provide training in computing, management, language and other university services in the UAE. In 1995 the EIT, in association with a number of international institutions, launched its first academic programs: a double major diploma in business administration and computer information systems. This guaranteed that the quality of the program meets international standards.
In January 2001, the EIT was divided into two divisions: short courses division and academic division. The short courses division is located in the old premises of EIT while the diploma division was located in the old ZADCO office building in Khalidya. In November 2003, the EIT was authorised by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to operate in higher education. In April 2004, the academic section of EIT was renamed as the Emirates College of Technology (ECT).
In June 2004, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for its two-year double major in Business Administration and Computer Information Systems (Double Major) from the Ministry. In September 2005, the ECT moves to a new campus on Hamdan Street that was especially designated for female students while the old Campus was assigned for male students only. In July, 2008 the ECT got two separate premises for males and females.
In August 2007, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for its second program, i.e., “two-year Diploma in Human Resource Management” from the Ministry of Higher Education. In April 2008, the ECT acquired the initial accreditation for its third program, i.e., “double major in e-Commerce and Marketing (Double Major)” from the Ministry. In May 2008, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for two more programs, i.e., a two-year diploma in Accounting and a two-year diploma in Banking and Finance from the Ministry. In July 2008, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for its sixth program, “Computer Graphic Design and Animation” from the Ministry. A year later, in May 2009, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for its seventh program, i.e., “Mass Communication and Public Relations”. In April 2011, the ECT obtained the initial accreditation for its eighth program, “Public Relations”, offered in Arabic.