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May 18, 2016

Japanese School of Abu Dhabi, (Abu Dhabi Japanese School), Al Bateen

The Japanese School in Abu Dhabi, also known as the Abu Dhabi Japanese School, provides an ADEC “High Performing A3 Good School” certified FS1/2 – Year 9 education to children between the ages of 3 years and 15.

Prospective parents should note that education is compulsory in Japan only between the ages of 6 and 15, with schooling divided between elementary provision between the ages of 6 years and 12 years, and Junior High/ Lower Secondary provision between the ages of 12 years and 15 years. This division does not fit easily in our tables and to compensate we have provided extra clarification.

The Japanese School in Abu Dhabi (ADJS) is one of only two Japanese schools [...]

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May 16, 2016

Blossom Nurseries – Various locations

Blossom Nurseries currently operates five nurseries:

Blossom Burj Nursery, Umm Al Sheif Blosssom Viillage Nursery, Umm Suqeim 1 Blossom Mudon, Al Salam Town Centre, Mudon Blossom Early Learning Centre, Dubai Academic City Blossom Downtown, Yanzoon 7, Al Manzil

A sixth, Blossom Marina, is in phased launch to open at Dubai Marina in September 2016 (more information can be found here.)

The Blossom Group was established in 2009 and combines an EYFS core English National Curriculum with an in-house developed “Sky Garden” approach to teaching through the senses (which combines elements of Montessori and Reggio Emilio philosophies). Blossom Nurseries offer provision to [...]

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April 3, 2016

Horizon International School, Umm Al Sheif

Updated December 2016

Prospective parents should be advised that, to some degree, Horizon International should be treated as a new school in weighing up the strengths of the school for potential provision of education for their child(ren).

The school is mid-way through a period of phased launch to full FS-Year 13 English National Curriculum provision to GCE A’ Level.

The school begins GCE A’ Level provision for the first time in September 2016 and examination results will not be reported until 2018.

A very limited number of (I)GCE O’ Level examinations were taken for the first time in 2015 (mostly in languages) and (I)GCSE full examinations will be sat for [...]

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March 31, 2016

Kings’ School Nad Al Sheba, Nad Al Sheba 3

Updated March 2017

Prospective parents should read the following with reviews of Kings School Dubai, here, and Kings’ School Al Barsha, here.

Kings’ Education in the emirates comprises three schools:

Kings’ Nad Al Sheba [KNAS]: an FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school with planned eventual phased launch to provide the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school is also referred to as Kings’ College and opened in 2014.

Kings’ Dubai [KD]: the KHDA Outstanding founding FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school located in Umm Suqeim 3 and established in 2004

King’s Al Barsha [KAB]: the King’s all-through [...]

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March 30, 2016

Kings’ School Al Barsha, Al Barsha 3

Updated February 2017

Kings’ Education in the UAE comprises three schools:

Kings’ Dubai [KD]: the KHDA Outstanding founding FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school located in Umm Suqeim 3 and established in 2004

Kings’ Nad Al Sheba [KNAS]: an FS1 to Year 6 English National Curriculum preparatory school with planned eventual phased launch to provide the International Baccalaureate Diploma. The school is also referred to as Kings’ College and opened in 2014.

King’s Al Barsha [KAB]: the King’s all-through English National Curriculum school offering RSA Opening Minds structured provision through (I)GCEs and GCE A’ Level. The school is the [...]

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March 25, 2016

Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai Healthcare City 2, Al Jaddaf

Updated January 2017

Launched in 2015-16, the Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai [SISD] is a premium plus, Tier 1 through-school undergoing phased opening to Grade 12. The school currently (2017) offers the full continuum International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from Pre-KG to Grade 10.  Located near the Business Bay bridge, the 67,845 square metre Dubai Creek waterfront campus makes a striking impression from all sides.

Taken as a whole across its facilities, curriculum and architecture, the school represents one of the most ambitious educational projects undertaken in the UAE to date.

SISD will be the first day and boarding school in Dubai to [...]

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March 9, 2016

Hartland International School, Sobha Hartland, Nad Al Sheba

Updated March 2017

Hartland International is a school that has launched with many of the teething pains that we expect of new schools opening in the UAE, and is still in the process of working through what has amounted to quite a turbulent start – more on this below. Despite this the school made it to the top 5 of whichschoooladvisor’s rated “Top New Schools for 2015-16,” largely on the back of the schools facilities and its stated aspirations: Hartland International has been established ground-up as a premium, Tier 1, full-phase KG to Year 13 school.

The school has been built at the heart of the newly developing Sobha Hartland Community in Mohammed Bin Rashid [...]

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February 26, 2016

American International School, Al Ghusais School Zone, Al Qusais

Updated December 2016

American International School Dubai is a private for-profit school, educating 2364 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 (ages 3 to 18). Student numbers have been broadly static over the last two years, although up 650 over the last three years. The school employs 143 teachers (and 17 teaching assistants) giving it a relatively weak teacher:student ratio. The school follows an American curriculum, culminating in the awarding of the US High School Diploma. Student intake is impressively inclusive and draws a predominantly Arabic student body. The school is co-education to Grade 3 at which point boy and girl provision continues is delivered separately in [...]

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February 16, 2016

GEMS United Indian School, Baniyas West

GEMS Education claim United Indian School [UIS] will be “the finest CBSE curriculum school in Abu Dhabi”. This is no small claim for a new school in the emirate with an (at capacity population) of close to 4,000 students.

Tracing its roots to the two-villa based “Our Own English High School” which opened in the capital in 1990, the history of UIS is closely bound was the dynamics of an exponentially growing market for Indian education provision in which demand by 2010 more than doubled the number of available places.

This, in combination with ADEC’s (laudable) closure of outdated Villa schools (the last six Indian villa schools closed in 2015) has created a [...]

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February 3, 2016

GEMS Nations Academy, Al Barsha

Updated January 2017

In the launch of Nations Academy, GEMS Education is seeking to raise the bar of Tier 1 premium American curriculum based educational provision in the Emirates.

“We aim for GEMS Nation to be a beyond “Outstanding” school –  it is not enough anymore to just focus on achieving the top KHDA rating.” Tom Farquhar, Founding Head, GEMS Nations Academy,

Its ambition is not only limited to the breadth and quality of facility provision; more powerfully it is seeking to create the lowest staff to student ratio of classroom teacher provision available across any school in the Gulf by replacing all teacher support assistants [...]

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January 31, 2016

The Arcadia Preparatory School, Jumeirah Village Triangle

Updated December 2016

Today, at 75, Valrani says he wants to focus on his passion. And that passion is education.

More: Interview with Mohan Valrani,, January 2016

The Arcadia Preparatory School could be one of the finest preparatory schools in Dubai, should it deliver on its very ambitious goals, each personally underwritten by the school’s widely respected founder, Mohan Valrani. It aims to be:

The best in class provider of primary and secondary school education in Dubai; To meet the needs of teaching staff employed by the group to ensure it can recruit and retain the best teaching staff in the sector; To [...]
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January 20, 2016

AJYAL International School, Mohammed Bin Zayed City

Ajyal International School is the first school established by the newly established Bin Omeir Education Foundation. The Foundation was established by the influential and respected Mohamed Omeir Bin Yousef Al-Mehairi, owner of the Bin Omeir Holding Group, as a means for the Group to significantly invest in the development of human capital in the UAE. The group has no existing experience in the educational sector to draw on and the school is being managed in association with SSAT Education, an educational consultancy.

The school was inspected by ADEC in April 2015 and scored in the lowest band of satisfactory. Whilst the buildings themselves are (genuinely) impressive, easily [...]

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November 10, 2015

Kings’ Dubai, Umm Suqeim

Prospective parents should read the following with reviews of Kings School Nad Al Sheba, here, and Kings’ School Al Barsha, here.

Kings’ School Dubai (known as Kings’ Dubai) is the only school in Dubai to have achieved an “Outstanding” ranking from the KHDA for the eight consecutive years since Dubai’s regulator inspections were introduced. Kings’ also achieved “Outstanding” in every single category of the BSO (British Schools Overseas) inspection in October 2014.

Kings’ follows the English National Curriculum and aims to “replicate the high standards of achievement at the best Preparatory and State (Primary) Schools in England.”

The primary school, which follows [...]

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November 3, 2015

Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Bloom Gardens, Khalifa Park

Opened in September 2011, Brighton College Abu Dhabi (BCAD) is rapidly establishing itself in the premier league of the capital’s schools offering a traditional British education to children between 3 and 18 years from FS1 to Year 13.

Set in Bloom Gardens, near Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, Brighton delivers the English National Curriculum to 1219 with students taking GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations in Year 11 and GCE A’ Levels in Year 12 and 13.

According to the school it had “the best GCSE results in the emirate” in the last academic year. While we cannot [...]

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