Schools in Dubai

Private schooling is the only option you have in the UAE and it can be expensive. At time of writing the most expensive was GEMS Academy at AED 53-92K. This website gives a lot of basic information on schooling.

Some schools stress that they follow the curriculum of a particular country such as the USA or Britain. Some offer GCSEs and some stress International Baccalaureate (IB). The best thing to do is to make a shortlist then set about visiting the places that look most suitable. Try to talk to other people with similar aged children as they will be a ready source of information.

Dubai has some very expensive schools that are affordable only for a few sections of society. But the city also has a list of schools that offer affordable fees for a larger number of people.

Meanwhile schools in Dubai have received approval to increase their tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year. The move has been welcomed by schooling organisations but it has left parents feeling mixed. The new Education Cost Index (ECI) rate for 2017 is set at 2.4 per cent as per the Dubai Statistics Centre.

Eligible schools will now be allowed to increase their fees by between 2.4 per cent and a maximum of 4.8 per cent, based on the KHDA fees framework.

As per the new fees structure, ‘outstanding‘ schools will be eligible for an adjustment of up to double the ECI (4.8 per cent), ‘very good‘ schools are eligible for up to 1.75 times (4.2 per cent), ‘good schools’ up to 1.5 times (3.6 per cent), and the rest are allowed an increase equivalent to the ECI per cent. But this all depends on how they fare in their most recent Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) results.

Dubai private schools at a glance:

As of 2016, there are 173 private schools in Dubai with a total of 265,299 students, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

5 most affordable schools in Dubai

1. Salman Farsi Iranian Boys School

Curriculum: CBSE

Founded: 1984 Government

Rating: Weak (KHDA)

Fees: Dh2479 – 8994

Address: Al Qusais, behind Lulu Center

2. Crescent School Dubai

Curriculum: CBSE

Founded: 1984 Government

Rating: Weak (KHDA)

Fees: Dh2479 – 8994

Address: Al Qusais, behind Lulu Center

3. Gulf Indian High School (GIHS)

Curriculum: CBSE

Founded: 1979 Government

Rating: Acceptable (KHDA)

Fees: Dh 3368 – 6368

Address: Al Garhoud

4 Little Flower English School Dubai

Curriculum: CBSE

Founded: 1984 Government

Rating: Acceptable (KHDA)

Fees: Dh3395 – 3657

Address: 16B St, near Abu Hail Rd, Hor Al Anz

5. Gulf Model School

Curriculum: CBSE

Founded: 1979 Government

Rating: Weak (KHDA)

Fees: Dh3409 – 6198

Address: Al Muhaisnah