Preparing students to take on the responsibilities after finishing their studies to succeed on their own should be the aim of higher education institutes of UAE in the 21st - century, especially the one which are taking professional courses. As Emotional Intelligence (EI) has been helping in many different aspects of life including education, this study explores its relation with the 21st - century skills and hence with the real - world readiness of the students. It was found during the research that there is a strong link between EI and real - world readiness of female tertiary students of Dubai. Standard measures of intelligence, i.e. Intelligence Quotient (IQ) are too narrow to cover the full range of human intelligence. Ability to understand and express emotions i.e. EI can play an equal if not more important role in how people fare in life.