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Want free Dubai school fees for life? Global Village video contest offers full Bloom World Academy scholarships to the emirate’s best Young Directors

Do you have a passionate filmmaker in your midst? Their shooting skills could bag them the life-changing prize of free Dubai school fees throughout their whole academic career in the UAE.

In celebration of January, the International Month of Creativity, popular UAE entertainment destination Global Village has partnered with Bloom World Academy (BWA) to gift two talented young people full, lifetime scholarships worth potentially in excess of AED 1 million.

The lifetime scholarship will offer 100% fee remission of published school fees at Bloom World Academy for the duration of time the child is enrolled at the school. Bloom World Academy, which launched in August 2022, was the first UAE school to have an official start-time of 9:00 am as well as flexible hours to support families. The IB-curriculum school also offers both a personalised and customised curriculum for each child, where they are able design their own timetable with Personal Pathways. We rank the school an outstanding one.

John Bell, Principal at Bloom World Academy, said:

“Bloom World Academy is a truly unique school that genuinely embraces differences. We promise to nurture every aspect of potential through innovation and excellence and this belief is what has fuelled this wonderful partnership with Global Village. Through this competition, we hope to inspire young people in the UAE to think outside the box, dig deep into their imaginations to get creative and flourish through hands-on experiences. Our future lies in the hands of our young people and I can’t wait to see the ideas they submit and the projects they are already working on to build a more positive future for us all.”

What do you need to do to win free Dubai school fees?

Children aged between 5 and 14 years are invited to send in a short video created by them, which fits the competition’s theme of “My more wonderful world”. Whether the video features the filmmaker themselves, or a friend, teacher, or family member, the brief is that it must tell the story of what they, or someone they know, would do (or is doing) to make positive impact (big or small) and make the world a better place.

How it works

The competition is divided into two age group entry categories; Juniors (aged between 5 – 10 years of age) and Seniors (aged between 11 – 14 years of age). The  judging panel includes:

  • Saeed Aljanahi, Director of Operations at Dubai Film & TV Commission;
  • John Bell, Principal, Bloom World Academy; and,
  • and Emirati Director Nahla Al Fahad

Judges will review the entries and choose the shortlisted finalists in each age category. All finalists will be invited to experience their very own red-carpet-inspired premiere, where their films will be shown to thousands of Global Village guests at the Kids’ Theatre stage. One lucky winner will be selected from each category and announced as the winners of the Bloom World Academy scholarships worth over Dh1 million.


Jaki Ellenby, Executive Marketing Director at Global Village, said:

“Here at Global Village, we believe that the world’s diversity is a limitless source of creativity. January is International Month of Creativity, so celebrating the creativity of the talented young people living in the UAE was a natural fit. There could be no better partner for our first edition of Creators Month than Bloom World Academy who share our passion for creative thinking. We are so excited to see how this country’s youth will inspire us all to contribute to creating a more wonderful world.”

How to enter the Young Directors Award competition

Want to be in the running to win free Dubai school fees for life? Here are the entry requirements:

  • Video entries should be filmed and created by the participant and should not exceed 4 minutes
  • Entries can be recorded on a phone, video camera or any other device
  • The competition is open to UAE residents aged between 5 and 14 years old
  • Videos must be submitted before the competition closing date of February 1, 2023.
  • Submissions should be uploaded to YouTube as an “unpublished” video
  • The YouTube link should then be shared on the Global Village online entry form:
  • Entries will be judged on creativity, originality, and wonderfulness
  • The creators of the shortlisted entries will be interviewed by Bloom World Academy
  • Finalists will be invited to the award ceremony at Global Village where the winners will be announced

For more information about the competition and the submissions process, visit

Are you interested in scholarships and more affordable Dubai school fees? Read about the most affordable school fees in Dubai, and find out more about the Top Schools Award for Best School in the UAE for Bursaries, Scholarships and Care for Parents here. 

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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's The School's Report - the global weekly round up of what matters in education for parents which is published every Friday, reviewing schools across the UAE - and features on issues that really matter. You can often find Tabitha 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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