With a population of 2.7 million (2016), Dubai has over the years emerged as the business hub of the Middle East. The UAE Ministry of Education is tasked with the accreditation of schools in Dubai (مدارسفيدبي) while the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) is responsible for growth and quality of private education in the Emirate. The KHDA supports parents, students, educators, investors and government partners to develop a high quality education sector focused on happiness and wellbeing.
In Dubai, primary and secondary schooling is mandatory for all children. Government set up public schools are free of expense for all UAE Nationals. The Arabic language with an emphasis on English as a second language is the medium of teaching in state funded schools in Dubai. Furthermore, American, British, CBSE and International Baccalaureate schools are taught in English; whereas all students (including expatriates) must take Arabic language classes.
According to the KHDA, 11% of students are enrolled at 'outstanding' schools, 14% at 'very good' schools, 39% at 'good' schools, 30% at 'acceptable' schools and 10% at 'weak' schools. Entire list of all schools is listed below and can be filtered as per KHDA rating.
Private schools in Dubai collected Dh6.8 billion in tuition fee revenue in the 2016-17 academic year, which is Dh700 million more than the previous year. Looking ahead, Dubai is anticipated to add an additional 15-20 new international schools by the end of 2017. In the next academic year (2017-18), 10 new schools are expected to open.
There are 16 types of school curricula in Dubai: UAE Ministry of Education, British (IGCSE), Indian (CBSE), American, International Baccalaureate (IB), Iranian, French, Filipino, Pakistani, SABIS, IAT, German, Russian, Japanese and Canadian.
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