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 (مدارس في دبي) 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 (IB) schools are taught in English; whereas all students (including expatriates) must take Arabic language classes.
Which are the best schools in Dubai?
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.
Reference to a report from the KHDA there are:
- 185 private schools in dubai
- 10 schools improved their overall school ratings between 2015-2016 and 2016-2017
- In total; 273,599 (32,116 Emiratis) from 187 different nationalities were enrolled in private schools in Dubai
- 42% of students pursue primary education, 25% are in secondary schooling, 15% in tertiary and another 18% at the kindergarten level. There are 15,099 students with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
- British and Indian curricula account for 64% of all enrollment in Dubai's best schools
- Tuition ranges from AED 3,567 (USD 975) to AED 107,928 (USD 29,490) per annum
- 57.5 % of students pay less than Dh20,000 in annual tuition
What are the types of school curricula in Dubai?
There are 16 types of school curricula in Dubai: UAE Ministry of Education, British
, International Baccalaureate (IB)
, IAT, German
Where are the best schools in Dubai located?
Find the top schools in Dubai near you: Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), The Palm, Jumeirah Islands, City Walk, Barsha Heights (TECOM), The Greens, Green Community, Dubai Marina, Emirates Hills, Meadows, Springs, Dubai Internet City, Knowledge Village, Dubai Media City, Discovery Gardens, JAFZA, Arabian Ranches, Motor City, Sports City, Studio City, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), Al Barsha, Jafiliya, Karama, Bur Dubai, Mankhool, Safa, Al Wasl, Business Bay, Dubai Healthcare City, Downtown, Oud Metha, Satwa, Sheikh Zayed Road, Zabeel, Umm Hurair, Al Mizhar, Al Warqa, Garhoud, Mirdif, Muhaisnah, Rashidiya, International City, Al Khail, Al Quoz, Umm Al Sheif, Al Sufouh, Umm Suqeim, Al Manara, Al Qusais, Nad Al Sheba, Jebal Ali.