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Award-winning Not-for-Profit Indian High School Dubai opens Landmark new Facility in Oud Metha to meet overwhelming demand from families.

The much loved Indian High School has announced completion of its landmark expansion programme for its Oud Metha Campus. The development has been more than six years in planning and development and follows overwhelming demand for arguably the most loved and historic Indian curriculum school in the UAE.

Indian |High School celebrates top award and 60th anniversary with new school expansion and opening of new block

The opening follows the schools celebration of its sixtieth anniversary and Diamond Jubilee in 2021 – and its securing the coveted Top Schools Award for Best Indian Curriculum School in the United Arab Emirates 2021-22 following an outpouring of nominations from children and parents, the unanimous verdict of leading educationalists across and and independent Judges drawn from the who’s who of independent educationalists and specialists across the region.

Mr Punit MK Vasu, Chief Executive Officer of The Indian High School Dubai [Pictured right], presented with the Top Schools Award 2021-2022 for Best Indian Curriculum School in the United Arab Emirates by Mrs Eimear McKenna Singh, Head of Business, Which Media, [Pictured left] in May 2022 as part of celebrations of the school’s expansion of its Oud Metha Senior School campus.

The new landmark facility, known within the school somewhat tellingly as “Block A”, was opened by school patron Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates airline and Group and chancellor of Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences [Pictured centre]; and Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) [Pictured far right].

Sheikh Ahmed and Dr. Al Karam open the new Block A building at Indian High School Dubai

[Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News]

Block A adds 44 classrooms for Grades 7 and 8 boys, state-of-the-art learning rooms, a Happiness Centre, high-tech laboratories and adaptable learning and research spaces to a school already recognised for its outstanding level of facility provision for students.

Indian High School Dubai main building


The Indian High School draws on a 60+ year heritage as a leading not-for-profit, following its founding by a bequest of land by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Former Ruler of Dubai. Toady, across all three Indian High School campuses, more than 13,000 students are educated – but the school has still been over-subscribed every year across every all its phases and Year Groups. The school offers extraordinarily low fees whilst delivering an outstanding level of education for students – with stand-out subject breadth and whole child centred curriculum.

Speaking to SchoolsCompared, Mr Vasu commented:

“As a student who benefitted from the extraordinary opportunities opened up by an education at the Indian High School Dubai, I could not be more honoured, on behalf of the school, to receive the SchoolsCompared Top Schools Award for Best Indian Curriculum School in the UAE 2021-22.

It could not be more fitting as today we celebrate the opening of our landmark new “Block A” facility, a labour of love built so that we can welcome to our school many more of those students and families who also seek the outstanding educational opportunities opened up at this historic and very, very special school in the UAE.”

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This story is part of our ongoing coverage of the for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information on recent changes in the sector, including the decision by one leading not-for profit to increase fees and the take-over by Taaleem of a leading not-for-profit, see below:

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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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