All Change: Aisha Abdulla Miran Appointed Director General of the KHDA, Replaces Dr Abdulla Al Karam
Aisha Abdulla Miran is the newly appointed Director General of the KHDA, Dubai’s private school regulator. She replaces Dr Abdulla Al Karam who has been in the role since the foundation of the body since 2006. It is not clear what changes in policy or direction, if any, the new appointment will bring.
H.E Aisha Abdulla Miran’s appointment was announced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Monhammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council alongside several other top government appointments. He said of the new appointees:
“We will be keenly following their progress in the next phase with the aim of further raising levels of service excellence in government, aligned with our strategic aspirations.”
Sheikh Hamden expressed his appreciation of the work of the former Director General, Dr Abdulla Al Karam, along with the other heads of government departments stating that ‘their significant contributions have played a vital role in raising service standards and excellence in Dubai.’
During his time heading the KHDA Dr Abdullah has led Dubai’s private school sector to become arguably the most dynamic school sector in the world. There are now 320 private schools across 17 different curricula. Top international school groups such as Nord Anglia, ISP and Cognita have been persuaded to set up in the emirate. A thriving locally developed school sector including successful groups such as GEMS and Innoventures has grown significantly under his tenure.
Dr Abdulla was recognized for his enormous contribution to the Dubai school sector as the inaugural recipient of SchoolsCompared ‘Outstanding Contribution to Education’ Award in 2019.