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Dubai British School Jumeira Background and First Looks Review

One of the biggest school announcements of ’23 and with a prime location to match, Dubai British School Jumeira is the flagship of Taaleem’s Dubai British School cluster of schools when it opens in 2024.

For DBS Jumeira Taaleem has secured one of the highest profile, most spectacular locations in Dubai for its opening in August. The new prestige British curriculum school has been constructed on a landmark site next to Cognita’s older and simpler Horizon English School, providing a long requested natural and proximate British curriculum slipstream for Horizon English School families who have historically been forced to look for schools further afield.

With current demand for places at premium British schools, there is some discussion of parents moving to Dubai British School Jumeirah at launch to ensure that they can access an all-through education, something never before possible in this premium tier 1 location in Al Wasl (otherwise known as Al Safa 1), Jumeira(h).

Pictured: Map showing the stand-out location of DBS Jumeira which becomes the definitive Tier 1 premium British curriculum school powerhouse in the Al Safa / Al Wasl area of Dubai

The architecture of DBS Jumeira, and overall promise of this school, is absolutely breath-taking.

New Dubai British School Jumeirah coming in 2024 - confirmed by Taaleem in a prime site next to Horizon English School

In fact, in our view, the stunning new Dubai British School Jumeira development by Taaleem represents one of the most striking and impressive new school investments by any provider in Dubai, or the UAE, in a decade. There is not a single compromise in the investment here, whether in terms of facilities, breadth of subject options or investment in leadership and highly accomplished British teaching faculty. Nothing has been left to chance. This school is no less of a statement of intent by Taaleem of its solidifying its place in the UAE as one of the very top tier provider of British schools in Dubai.

Review of Dubai British School Jumeira - one of the most extraordinary new school development in Dubai for a decade. This shot shows the building relative to the waterfront in one of the most premium locations for any school in the UAE.

Pictured: Dubai British School Jumeira – one of the most extraordinary new school developments in Dubai for a decade. This shot shows the building relative to the waterfront in one of the most premium locations for any school in the UAE.

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Other Dubai British Schools include the award-winning Dubai British School Jumeirah Park, reviewed here, the KHDA Outstanding Dubai British School The Springs, Emirates Hills, reviewed here, and Dubai British School Jumeirah Park Foundation, reviewed here. A fifth ultra-premium Dubai British School will open in 2026 in Mira – review here. 

School Leadership

Lee Hole, Principal, Dubai British School Jumeira (left), with Mary Donnelly, Head of Primary, Dubai British School Jumeira (right) prior to the formal opening of the new landmark school in 2024

Pictured: Lee Hole, Principal, Dubai British School Jumeira (left), with Mary Donnelly, Head of Primary, Dubai British School Jumeira (right) prior to the formal opening of the new landmark school in 2024

Fees

The founding fees below are reserved exclusively for students who enrol from FS1 to Year 6 for the academic year 2024-2025 and are guaranteed for the entire Primary stage.

Year group​ Founding Fees for families
joining in August 2024
KHDA Approved
Fees
FS1 – FS2 AED 42,900​ AED 51,477
Year 1 – Year 2 AED 42,900​ AED 51,477
Year 3 – Year 6 AED 49,100​ AED 58,836
Year 7 – Year 9* AED 69,872
Year 10 – Year 11* AED 69,872
Year 12 – Year 13* AED 77,217

* later phased launch

Sport

Review of Dubai British School Jumeira. here we see the extent of investment in the real grass playing fields at the school - a rarity in Dubai and the UAE.

Pictured: here we see the extent of investment in the real grass playing fields at the school – a rarity in Dubai and the UAE. Investment in sport and its facilities is one of the key requirements of parents seeking a premium British education in Dubai.

Landmark swimming pool a highlight of Sporting facilities at the ultra-premium Dubai British School Jumeira. The school is situated adjacent to the KHDA Outstanding Horizon English School in Dubai and may well become its slipstream.

Pictured: swimming pool facilities at DBS Jumeira are Tier 1 premium and part of a package of investment in Sport that is designed to put the school in the very top tier of British curriculum schools in Dubai from launch

Performing Arts

Theatre and the Performing Arts is fundamental to the life of students at Dubai British School Jumeira. Here we see the beautiful roof design of the landmark Performing Arts Theatre of the school.

Pictured: Theatre and the Performing Arts is fundamental to the life of students at Dubai British School Jumeira. Here we see the beautiful roof design of the landmark Performing Arts Theatre of the school.

Performing Arts facilities at DBS Jumeira are Premium Tier 1

Pictured: Performing Arts theatre facilities at DBS Jumeira are Tier 1 premium. Here we see the main stage which is equipped with full professional curtain, sound and lighting facilities for performances.

Top Schools Awards present the Award for Best School for Theatre, Dance and the Performing Arts in the United Arab Emirates 2023 - 2024

To understand the level of investment in the Performing Arts at DBS schools learn about the awarding of The Top Schools Award for Best School for Dance, Theatre and the Performing Arts to Dubai British School Jumeirah Park here.

Inspiring Spaces

The Mangrove Cafe at DBS Jumeira

The Mangrove Cafe featuring Leela's Lunches at DBS Jumeira

Pictured: The Mangrove Cafe featuring Leela’s Lunches at DBS Jumeira. Investment in inspirational open spaces and premium natural materials to inspire community and child happiness is deliberate and impressive.

Pictured: a nook at The Mangrove Cafe at DBS Jumeira

Entrance and Welcome

Pictured: The grand entrance to DBS Jumeira is designed as a social space for students and parents. It works beautifully.

EYFS and the Early Years

EYFS play spaces, with its Tier 1 blending of natural materials, build on the thematic nod of the school to its waterside location and the UAE’s famous mangroves. The spaces for little ones  promise to be some of the most impressive we have seen in a UAE school.

Taaleem backing

Watch this video to understand Taaleem’s ongoing and significant investment in education:

You can read more about Taaleem and their ethos of investing in education within the UAE here.

Prospectus

dubai-british school-jumeira brochure

Gallery

Close up shot of Dubai British School Jumeirah "Cube" architecture - part of the review of DBS Jumeira by SchoolsCompared.com

Pictured: Close up shot of Dubai British School Jumeirah “Cube” architecture. The impact of floating cubes dotted along the Dubai waterfront and skyline make an extraordinary impact on the senses. This is a school in which form and function come together in architecture and delivery to attract children and make them want to learn.

Review of Dubai British School Jumeira. The new Taaleem school opened in 2024 is here showcased from its street position onto the landmark "Cube" corner of its architectural design.

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Details to consider
2018/19 Overall ADEK / KHDA Rating

NA - new school opening August 2024

2017/18 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

NA - new school opening August 2024

2016/17 Overall ADEC / KHDA Rating

NA - new school opening August 2024

2015/16 Overall KHDA / ADEC Rating

NA - new school opening August 2024

Type of school

Private, for profit. Note: Taaleem schools operate on a quasi-Not For Profit basis

Full WSA Review

TBC

Average Cost Per Year

FS1: AED 51,477 (Opening August 2024)
FS2: AED 51,477 (Opening August 2024)
Year 1: AED 51,477 (Opening August 2024)
Year 2: AED 51,477 (Opening August 2024)
Year 3: AED 58,836 (Opening August 2024)
Year 4: AED 58,836 (Opening August 2024)
Year 5: AED 58,836 (Opening August 2024)
Year 6: AED 58,836 (Opening August 2024)
Year 7: AED 69,872 (Phased launch)
Year 8: AED 69,872 (Phased launch)
Year 9: AED 69,872 (Phased launch)
Year 10: AED 69,872 (Phased launch)
Year11: AED 69,872 (Phased launch)
Year 12: AED 77,217 (Phased launch)
Year 13: AED 77,217 (Phased launch)
Year 13:

Curriculum

UK, English National Curriculum:
EYFS
GCSE
A Level
BTEC

A Levels offered

TBC

A Level A* to A

NA - new school announced 2023

A Level A* to C

NA - new school announced 2023

IGCSE A* to C

NA - new school announced 2023

IGCSE A* to A

NA - new school announced 2023

Number of I/GCSEs Offered

TBC

I/GCSEs offered

TBC

Selective

Fully, and unambiguously, inclusive

Value Added

Not published

Number of Students

TBC

Teacher to Student Ratio

TBC

Largest nationality teachers

British

Year opened

August 2024

Location

Al Safa, Al Wasl, Dubai

Gender

Mixed, co-educational

School canteen

Yes

Owner

Taaleem

Admissions Telephone

+971 56 993 4867

Web Address
Strengths

• Nothing has been spared at Dubai British School Jumeira in building the top flight British curriculum school in Dubai
• DBS model is proven and award-winning
• Reputation for both academic and technical stream Sixth Form provision – the promise is here
• Absolutely outstanding location – an all-through British school has been sought by parents in this location for a generation
• Architecture blends form and function beautifully and inspirationally
• Launch fees offer significant ROI
• A very strong offer for families at Cognita’s older Horizon English School – they now have an outstanding-plus slipstream (or all-through alternative) school in the heart of the Al Safa / Al Wasl community
• Stunning waterside location takes the breath away
• Outstanding-plus facility provision across every aspect of delivery from Sport to the Performing Arts, and From British Sixth Form to D&T specialist labs
• Outstanding leadership and British teaching faculty from launch

Weaknesses

• None bar the theoretical teething problems that can come with lesser school launches.

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• A hugely impressive powerhouse of a school – one that parents have been demanding in this area for decades. The waterfront location and investment here in every aspect of the school, substantive, internal and external, could not be improved in. DBS Jumeira a landmark new school for Dubai and the Emirates.

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Jon Westley
Jon Westley is the Editor of SchoolsCompared.com and WhichSchoolAdvisor.com UK. You can email him at jonathanwestley [at] schoolscompared.com

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