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Top 13 New Schools opening in Dubai in 2018-19

Top 13 New Schools opening in Dubai in 2018-19

by Lis ONealFebruary 13, 2018

With the ever-changing face of education in the UAE, continually aims to provide parents with the latest information about developments. Our list of the Top 13 New Schools opening in Dubai in 2018-19, not only tells you who the schools are and what curriculum and fees will be on offer, but also our assessment of their key strengths. This list will be updated as further schools are revealed or changes made.

There is no doubt that there has been a slow-down in school openings in Dubai over the last two years, but there is seemingly still demand from parents, based on convenience of location, budget, curriculum and other individual factors. The schools on our Top 13 New Schools opening in 2018-19 list cover a range of different price-points and curricula, including some new and innovative options.

Whilst the UK curriculum remains the most popular with six schools planned to open, new combinations offering the IB Diploma programme and BTEC options (find out more here), mean that students can choose a range of pathways for their pre-university studies. Add to that the opening of three purely IB curriculum schools, together with two US curriculum schools (one offering the IB Diploma option) and at last parents have the possibility of looking beyond the traditional UK curriculum schools that have tended to dominate curriculum options in Dubai.

And now, Indian curriculum schools are also starting to incorporate the IB Diploma programme, with a view to enabling students to look beyond the traditional university options at home. Indian families will be able to choose from a new purely CICSE school or its sister with an IB Diploma option.

The clearly-evident good news about our Top 13 New Schools opening in 2018-19 is that families in Dubai have ever more choice when it comes to their children’s education.


School nameLocationCurriculumGrades openingAverage FeesKey strengths
Al Mawakeb School Al KhawaneejAl MizharUS/AMSItbctbcOwned by the AMSI group operating 2 further Al Mawakeb branches and the International School of Arts and Sciences, Al Warqa’a 1 and the International School Al Koura, Lebanon. Will offer the California Core standard US curriculum with a High School Diploma.
Ambassador School Al KhailAl Khail GateCISCE/IBDPtbctbcTo be opened and operated by the Ambassador Education group, offering CISCE and IB Diploma programmes.
Ambassador School, Al MankhoolMankhoolCISCEtbctbcA sister to the current Ambassador School and Nursery, enabling additional provision in the heart of Bur
Brighton College DubaiAl Barsha SouthUKFS1 to Year 9AED64,000-98,000To be operated by the group  behind the highly successful Brighton College Abu Dhabi (rated Very Good by ADEK), and its sister school in Al Ain, rated Outstanding.  Proven experience of delivering strong academic results
and impressive SEND capacity and provision for academic students.
Dunecrest American SchoolDubailand/Al BarariUS/IBPre-KG to Grade 10AED46,000-89,000The school will be operated by ESOL Education, operators of the established and highly-rated Universal American School, offering the same US/IBDP curriculum. Their experience means that they are permitted by the KHDA to open to Grade 10.
Dwight School DubaiAl Barsha SouthIBPre-KG to Grade 9AED 114,000-130,000

(Founders fees AED 66,000 – AED 103,000)

Genuinely inclusive IB all-through international schooling, proven history of international school delivery by Bloom Education, close relationship with the International Baccalaureate and key player in pilots, and on-line IB and alternative curricula subject options considerably broaden the choice for students. Worth noting very significant Founders Fees now available (as of February/March 2018)
Fairgreen International SchoolSustainable CityIBPre-KG to Grade 9AED 50,000-78,000Delivered by ESOL Education, with over 40 years of experience, this IB curriculum school offers a unique focus on sustainability in a purpose-designed environment at the heart of Sustainable City, designed to educate children for the 21st Century and for an industry sector that is likely to be in high demand.
GEMS Founders Al Mizhar SchoolMizhar 1UKFS1 – Year 8AED 23,000-35,000  Minimisation of teething issues given the experience behind the school, GEMS credibility and backing, proven Founders’ model, GEMS has a proven history of delivering exceptionally good schools at this price point offering value fees.
GEMS Virtus SchoolAl WahaUKFS1 – Year 8 (tbc)AED 40,000 – 50,000 (tbc)GEMS brand and reputation, mid-tier fees, dedicated Sixth Form offering A Levels, phased launch of a school based on the successful GEMS Metropole schools – with a twist.
Solomon International SchoolDubai Production CityIBPre-KG to Grade 5AED 44,000-63,000First school to open in the Jumeriah Golf Estates/Dubai Production City, offering the highly reputable IB curriculum at relatively modest fees.
South View SchoolRemraanUKFS1 to Year 8AED 42,000 – 59,000High value fee structure balancing affordability with premium facilities hitherto not seen in this segment, Heritage of proven delivery, including the excellent Victory Heights Primary School on which the Primary phase of South View
The Aquila SchoolDubailand (Centro/The Villa)UK/BTEC/IBDPFS1 to Year 6AED 45,000 – 72,000

(15% discount in 2018-19 on FS1 to Year 6 – AED 38,250 – 46,750)

Extraordinary curriculum breadth with both BTEC and IBDP in Sixth Form, mid-tier fees, backed by an experienced international operator already present in UAE, and promise of significant investment in SEND across the spectrum of abilities.
The Arbor SchoolAl FurjanUK/BTEC/A LevelFS1 to Year 6AED 56,000 – 95,000The school will offer the UK curriculum aligned with teaching and a curriculum based around themes related to the environment including sustainability, ecology and the technologies underlying each. Children will be taught within an inclusive, supportive, compassionate and ethical (in this case environmental/sustainability) framework to provide learning with context, integrity and values.

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