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New schools opening in Dubai and Abu Dhabi 2022-23 – fees, discounts and availability in full

New schools in Dubai – and Abu Dhabi – The Guide 2022

Looking to enroll your child in a UAE school for the upcoming academic term? There’s still time to sign them up at some of the UAE’s best new schools – most of which also come with some exclusive and generous founder’s discounts. Here’s our pick of the best new schools in Dubai and news schools in Abu Dhabi opening in 2022-23.

Durham School Dubai

Curriculum: British

Location: Dubai Investments Park (DIP)

Availability: FS1 – Year 8

Fees: Dh54,000 – 87,000

Discounted fees: Dh38,340 – 51,300

What parents will love:


Durham’s historic roots in the UK are reflected in a forward-looking, top-tier, new UAE school with first-rate facilities that is committed to instilling traditional values. Any parents who are worried about the over-reliance on screens and technology in education will love Durham’s grounded, no-nonsense approach, which nurtures skills such as proper handwriting, good manners and moral integrity.


Durham School Dubai – which will open in Dubai Investment Park this August 2022 – is the third international branch of one of England’s longest established day and boarding schools, Durham School. The original school was founded in 1414 and re-founded in 1541 by King Henry VIII. This impressive legacy and reputation will be translated into the UAE under the trusted leadership of Headmaster Mark Atkins, whose commitment to traditional values, the highest quality teaching, and an ethos of kindness, humility and moral integrity will attract any parents looking for a solid Tier 1 British education for their child.

Also attractive to parents will be the outstanding ROI represented in the school’s Founders Discount, which amount to some of the most competitive launch fees of any premium British school in Dubai, ever.

Discount Details

Founding Families Special Offer

To recognise founding families for supporting the school in its opening year, founding parents joining in Durham’s first academic term (starting August 2022) will now have the option to either take up to 41% off KHDA Approved Tuition Fee as Special Fees for 2022-23 OR enjoy a fixed Discounted Fee structure for three academic years.:

Option 1: Special Fees

Year KHDA Approved Fees Special Fees for 2022-23
FS 1 54,000 38,340
FS 2 54,000 38,340
Year 1 69,000 41,040
Year 2 69,000 41,040
Year 3 75,000 45,900
Year 4 75,000 45,900
Year 5 75,000 45,900
Year 6 75,000 45,900
Year 7 87,000 51,300


Option 2: Three Year Discounted Fee Structure

Year KHDA Approved Fees 2022/23 – 2024/25
FS 1 54,000 42,600
FS 2 54,000 42,600
Year 1 69,000 45,600
Year 2 69,000 45,600
Year 3 75,000 51,000
Year 4 75,000 51,000
Year 5 75,000 51,000
Year 6 75,000 51,000
Year 7 87,000 57,000
Year 8 87,000 57,000

See our review of Durham School Dubai

See the official Durham School Dubai website

Bloom World Academy

New schools: Bloom World Academy Main vista entrance 2022

Curriculum: IB

Location: Al Barsha

Availability: Pre-Kg – Grade 9

Fees: Dh50,000- 78,000

Discounted Fees: Dh40,000 – 72,000

What parents will love:

Any parents looking for a progressive new UAE school that is IB and committed to doing things slightly differently should be intrigued by BWA’s offering. In particular, working families will love the staggered and flexible start and collection times, while the school’s policy of inviting parents in for lunch with their children every week will appeal to those looking to be part of a strong school community.


Bloom World Academy will launch this August 2022 on the previous site of Dwight School Dubai in Al Barsha, offering an International Baccalaureate curriculum education to students between the age of 4 years and 18 years – although it will initially open only to Year 9, with remaining years opening in a gradual, phased launch.

Bloom World Academy has made headlines for its innovative policies, which include offering flexible start times for families (between 7am and 9am), and a customised curriculum that is tailored around each child’s individual needs and achievements.

Bloom World Academy’s Founders Fee discount on the approved KHDA fees for the Academic Year 2022/2023 will apply for the first three years.

Discount Details
The Bloom World Academy Founders School package for AY2022/23 includes:

  • Founders Fees exclusively for students enrolling into academic year 2022/23 (Pre-KG – Grade 9)
    • 50% discount for Grade 6 – Grade 9 students to the KHDA Approved Fees for AY2022/23 (for the first year, only up to a limited number of students)
    • Founders Fees guaranteed for 3 years
    • Personal IPAD/MacBook laptop included for 3 years (Grade 1 – 9)
    • Daily (Monday to Thursday) school-led co-curricular activities
    • School uniform package
    • Sibling discounts
Grade KHDA Approved Fees Founders Fees
Pre-KG 50,000 40,000
KG1 53,000 47,000
KG2 55,000 50,000
Grade 1 60,000 55,000
Grade 2 60,000 55,000
Grade 3 60,000 55,000
Grade 4 60,000 55,000
Grade 5 60,000 55,000
Grade 6 70,000 64,000
Grade 7 75,000 67,000
Grade 8 75,000 67,000
Grade 9 78,000 72,000

See our review of Bloom World Academy

See the official Bloom World Academy website 

Yasmina British Academy

New schools: Yasmina British Academy

Curriculum: British

Location: Al Raha Gardens, Abu Dhabi

Availability: FS1 – FS2

Fees: Dh42,900 – 44,390

What parents will love:

This is a great opportunity to secure a space at the new campus of this popular British school in Abu Dhabi, and parents will love the excellent facilities and prominent location close to a very popular community.


The all-new campus of Aldar Education’s Yasmina British Academy is opening this September only for FS1 and FS2, just a stone’s throw from the site of its still-thriving old campus of Al Yasmina Academy.

With increasing pressure to accommodate students on the waiting list for Al Yasmina Academy, this new purpose-built campus is an extension of the existing academy and will serve the same local community.

The name has been changed for the new campus, to reflect its roots as a British school, while its outlook and student population remains very diverse and international. SchoolsCompared had a preview of the impressive facilities at the new campus, and were wowed by the size, the abundance of natural light, and the very ambitious plans for the next phases of development.

See our review of Al Yasmina Academy

See the official Al Yasmina Academy website

Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

New schools: Royal Grammar School Guildford in the UK and Dubai compared by

Curriculum: British

Location: Tilal Al Ghaf

Availability: FS1 – Year 7

Fees: Dh75,000 – 97,000

Discounted fees: Dh63,750 – 82,450

What parents will love:

This popular new UAE school opened in 2021 and has garnered a positive reputation for its elite offering in terms of academia and sport, as well as excellent leadership in the form of much-loved Principal Clare Turnbull. The school’s close ties with its prestigious founding school in the UK, as well as the fact that it is operated by well-known British education group Cognita, will appeal to any families who want to make any transition back to the UK smoother.


This premium British-curriculum school – which opened in Dubai’s Tilal Al Ghaf area in September 2021 – brings with it the 500-year heritage of academic excellence of its prestigious parent school in the UK, with the bonus of an attractive 15% founders discount (guaranteed for two years) for families signing up for the 2022/23 academic year. Far from a franchise school, RGSGD has been designed with the ethos and guidance of the original British school at both its heart and its head; current Principal Clare Turnbull transferred directly from RGSG in the UK, and the school is owned by esteemed British education group Cognita. While fees at this school will always be at the premium end, the founders discount represents very good value for parents who wants a Tier 1 education for their child, at very little risk –  since the school’s established a leadership and close links with the UK can reassure any family that it is as well equipped as possible to deliver an outstanding education for every child.

Discount details

Academic year 2022-23 – 15% Tuition Fee Concession

Exclusively for pupils enrolling into academic year 2022-23 and including:
– Fee concession guaranteed for 2 years
– Personal IT device included for 2 years
– First year uniform package
– Extended School Day: Early Bird Club & After-school care included (7.00am drop off – 4.30pm pick-up) subject to availability
– 2 school-led extracurricular activities subject to availability

Year Discounted Tuition Fees 2022-23 Registration Fee
FS1 63,750 AED 6,375 AED
FS2 68,000 AED 6,800 AED
Year 1 77,350 AED 7,735 AED
Year 2 77,350 AED 7,735 AED
Year 3 77,350 AED 7,735 AED
Year 4 77,350 AED 7,735 AED
Year 5 82,450 AED 8,245 AED
Year 6 82,450 AED 8,245 AED
Year 7 82,450 AED

See our review of Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai

See the official RGSGD website

Citizens School Dubai

New schools: Aerial view of Citizens School Dubai

Curriculum: British

Location: Citywalk

Availability: FS1 – Year 8

Fees: Dh45,000 – 87,000

Discounted Fees: Dh36,000 – 57,000

What parents will love: Citizens has hit headlines for becoming the first UAE to announce it is accepting BitCoin as fee payment, and this is a school that values innovation and aims to produce out-of-the-box, entrepreneurial thinkers


Citizens School Dubai is a new UAE school being launched this August 2022 by Blenheim Schools – part of the well-known UK-based Chatsworth Schools family – and Education Ventures Company (EVC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI). Located on a landmark 7.6 acre hub site opposite City Walk, this bold and ambitious new school boasts a range of unique points of differentiation – not least its custom-built curriculum. Using the UK National Curriculum as its standard, the ‘Citizens’ Tapestry’ builds upon the blueprint with six key threads – Mindset; Entrepreneur; Health & Wellbeing; Sustainable Leadership; Global; and Digital Literacy – forming an education system it describes as comprehensive, holistic, inclusive, and fun. Citizens is offering an attractive 20% founders fee discount, which will have a lifetime guarantee while students are at the school.

Discount details

Founding students joining in 2022-23 will benefit from a Citizens School Founding Family discount of 20% applied on the KHDA approved fees for as long as those children are enrolled at Citizens School.

Year KHDA Approved Fees Discounted fees
FS 1 45,000 36,000
FS 2 55,000 44,000
Year 1 65,000 52,000
Year 2 65,000 52,000
Year 3 65,000 52,000
Year 4 65,000 52,000
Year 5 65,000 52,000
Year 6 65,000 52,000
Year 7 87,000 57,000
Year 8 87,000 57,000

See our review of Citizens School. 

See the Citizens official website

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About The Author
Tabitha Barda
Tabitha Barda is the Senior Editor of Oxbridge educated and an award winning journalist in the UAE for more than a decade, Tabitha is one of the region's shining lights in all that is education in the emirates. A mum herself, she is passionate about helping parents - and finding the stories in education that deserve telling. She is responsible for the busy 24x7 News Desk, our Advisory Boards and Specialist Panels - and Parents United's WHICHPlaydates - a regular meeting place for UAE parents to discuss the issues that matter to them, make friends and network with others. You can often find Tabitha too on Parents United - our Facebook community board, discussing the latest schools and education issues with our parent community in the UAE - and beyond.

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