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UK’s Chatsworth Schools group to open Citizens School Dubai. New British curriculum school coming to Dubai 2022.

UK’s Chatsworth Schools group to open Citizens School Dubai. New British curriculum school coming to Dubai 2022.

by Jon WestleyFebruary 10, 2022

Background – Citizens School Dubai

Blenheim Schools, part of the UK’s leading Chatsworth Schools family, and Education Ventures Company (EVC) a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments (ZEI), have confirmed a new education focused partnership to launch Citizens School Dubai – a new British curriculum school to open in September 2022. The school is located on a landmark 7.6 acre hub site in the heart of Dubai, opposite Meraas’s City Walk Development and Al Khazzan Park.

Location of the new Citizens School in Dubai

The school will be resolutely non-selective and inclusive – and sets itself a part by defining itself as part of a landmark new “Citizens Hub”, this also including a dedicated child wellbeing support centre, integral Teacher Training and Research Centre and facilities open to, and for, the wider community.

Citizens Schools Dubai will incorporate these four elements for families and students:

  • The Citizens Nursery School and Early Learning Centre
  • Citizens School
  • The Citizens School Centre of Excellence for Child Support
  • The Citizens Research and Teacher Training Academy.



Architectural render of the Library at Citizens School Dubai opening in September 2022

The  British all-through school aims to differentiate itself with a rich and overlaid blueprint through which it will deliver the English National Curriculum:

“Using the UK National Curriculum as its standard, the Citizens’ Tapestry is a first-of-its-kind, custom-built curriculum that builds upon the blueprint with six key threads – Mindset; Entrepreneur; Health & Wellbeing; Sustainable Leadership; Global; and Digital Literacy – forming the pattern of its comprehensive, holistic, inclusive, and fun education system. The curriculum has been co-developed and influenced by some of the world’s leading researchers on education, motivation and mindsets, as well as cognitive scientists including Dr Carol Dweck, Matthew Syed and John Hattie, Guy Claxton, and Graham Powell.”


The launch of the new school follows a growth in the interest of major British school groups in the UAE, the most recent example being Cognita’s Royal Grammar School Guildford in Dubai.



Anita Gleave, Founder and CEO of Blenheim Schools, said:

“The Blenheim Schools team have a proven track record of outstanding educational leadership with real integrity, a passion for schools as learning communities and a commitment to excellence.

These values fit perfectly with the ethos of Al Zarooni Emirates Investments and we are looking forward to working with the ZEI and EVC team to develop a highly successful and resilient education partnership in Dubai that enables outstanding futures”.

Photograph of Dr Adil Alzarooni, Founder, Citizens School Dubai

Dr Adil Ismail Al Zarooni, CEO of ZEI and Chairman of Citizens School Dubai said:

“Dubai is at the forefront of growth and innovation in education, and in line with Dubai’s vision, Al Zarooni Emirates Investments are excited about this partnership with Blenheim Schools to deliver a new inclusive educational hub that supports the city’s aspiration of developing a high quality education sector focused on lifelong learning, happiness and wellbeing.

Dubai has always focused on responsibility, innovation, quality and an ambition to continuously improve and I know these qualities will be the cornerstone of our new project with Blenheim Schools”.



For parents interested in exploring opportunities for their children at the new school, the school can be contacted on +971 (0)50 237 7273.



Photograph of the entrance to Citizens School in Dubai

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Jon Westley
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