Here’s Why International Schools in UAE are Gaining Popularity

International schools are seemingly gaining the most amount of popularity in the UAE. The expat hot spots Dubai and Abu Dhabi in particular are known to offer a lot of education opportunities for expat kids. However, the costs and the fees are of course high and getting a place at a prestigious international school in the region of UAE is anything but easy.

UAE continues to have the highest number of English-medium international schools (511) in the world. These details was found by the latest data on the growth of the international schools market published by ISC Research, part of The International Schools Consultancy (ISC).

The report also found out that the Middle East and Africa regions are known to have the second-highest number of English-medium international schools, which geographically is a total of 1,616.

Asia came first with 4,346 English-medium international schools.

The expat community in the UAE seems to be growing by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. People from all over the world including the UK, Canada, Australia, and the US, as well as other parts of Asia are seen to settle down in this part of the Middle East with their families. 

Moreover, many of them are choosing to educate their children within the country.

Apart from the fact that the population of expats in growing, there are several other factors that are increasing the popularity of international schools in the UAE. The following are mentioned below:

Language

English-medium schools all over the world have crossed the 8,000 mark. In UAE, there has been an increase of 21 new English-medium international schools in just a given span of 2 years. The total number of students (between the ages of 3 and 18) attending such institutions is 545,074. Approximately 36% of all the international schools have a student population of more than 1000, by far the best!

Global recognition

A high demand for the National Curriculum of England has been seen among the local and expat student population in Dubai. Almost 50% of the international schools are hence known to offer the British curriculum. For a fact, in Dubai, it is a compulsion for all international schools to be accredited by at least one specific body. This gives the students and their parents the assurance that the school is meeting a high standard of quality. 

Diversity

Almost all the international schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are seen to have a healthy mix of students from various parts of the world also in addition to the local population. For a fact, it is also very common to see teachers from many different countries working in such schools.

Here’s a list of top international schools for your reference:


Abu Dhabi International School 
Mohammed Bin Zayed City Campus
Sector Z17-01, 
63rd Street, 
Near Al Ain University, 
Mohammed Bin Zayed City, 
Abu Dhabi, 
UAE, 
P.O Box: 133311 
Tel: +971 2 2057999 

Abu Dhabi City Campus
Al Karama Street, 
Near Al Rowda Clinic, 
Abu Dhabi, 
UAE, 
P.O Box: 25898
Tel: +971 2 4434433
Curriculum: American, British and IB 
Gender: Co-educational 
Email: support @ aisuae.com 
URL: http://aisschools.com/ 

Abu Dhabi Grammar School 
PO Box 27161, 
Abu Dhabi
Curriculum: Canadian 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 2 644-4703
Fax: +971 2 645-4703
URL: http://www.agsgrmmr.sch.ae/ 

American School of Dubai 
Intersection of First Al Khail & Hessa Street, 
Opposite the Saudi German Hospital, 
Al Barsha Dubai, 
UAE

Mailing address: 
PO Box 71188 Dubai, 
United Arab Emirates
Curriculum: American 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 395 0005 
Fax: +971 4 395 0008
Email: asdadmin @ asdubai.org 
URL: http://www.asdubai.org/ 

Brighton College, Abu Dhabi 
PO Box 129444, 
Abu Dhabi 
Curriculum: British and IB 
Gender: Co-educational & Girls only options 
Tel: +971 2 815 6500
URL: http://www.brightoncollege.ae/ 

The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi 
PO Box 4001, 
Abu Dhabi
Curriculum: British and IB 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 2 446 2280
Fax: +971 2 446 1915 
URL: http://www.britishschool.sch.ae/ 

Dubai American Academy (A GEMS School) 
Curriculum: American and IB 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 347 9222 
Fax: +971 4 347 6070 
URL: http://www.gemsaa-dubai.com/ 

Dubai College 
Curriculum: British 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 399 9111 
Fax: +971 4 399 9175 
URL: http://www.dubaicollege.org/ 

GEMS Cambridge International School, Dubai 
Curriculum: British 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 282 4646 
Fax: +971 4 282 4109 
URL: http://www.gemscis-dubai.com/ 

GEMS Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi 
Curriculum: British 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 2 552 1621
Fax: +971 2 552 1622
URL: http://www.gemscis-abudhabi.com/ 

GEMS Millennium School, Dubai 
Curriculum: Indian 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 298 8567
Fax: +971 4 298 8606
URL: http://www.gemsmillenniumschool.com/ 

GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai 
Curriculum: Indian (ICSE) 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 326 3339
Fax: +971 4 326 3402 
URL: http://www.gemsmhs.com/ 

GEMS Royal Dubai School (Primary Only) 
Curriculum: British 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 288 6499 
Fax: +971 4 288 6490 
URL: http://www.royaldubaischool.com/ 

GEMS World Academy (Primary), Abu Dhabi 
Curriculum: IB
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 2 641 6333
Fax: +971 2 642 8803 
URL: http://www.gemsworldacademy-abudhabi.com/

Raffles International School and Raffles World Academy, Dubai
P O Box 122900, 
Dubai, 
United Arab Emirates
Curriculum: British 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 427 1200/ 1300
Fax: +971 4 427 1201 
URL: http://www.rafflesis.com/

Swiss International Scientific School (Primary), Dubai 
Dubai Healthcare City, 
Phase 2 - Al Jaddaf, 
Dubai
Curriculum: IB 
Gender: Co-educational 
Tel: +971 4 375 0600
URL: http://sisd.ae/  

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