Nursery education in Dubai starts at a very
small age. Children of eighteen months to
two years are admitted to these schools.
The teachers adopt various Montessori methods
of instruction, however, basic English language
speaking skills are developed in students
of this age group. Students are also prepared
for admission in kindergarten.
Children of 4 to 5 years are admitted to
Kindergarten. Special care is taken while
teaching English, Arabic, Mathematics, Music
and Art. The notable thing in this education
system is that ‘Religion’ is also a part
of the syllabus. The students are taught
their respective religion in order to have
a broad view in every sphere of life.
After completing kindergarten, students
are admitted to primary school. These students
are generally of six years or around. The
primary education lasts six years. English
is the primary language of instruction in
most of the primary schools in Dubai. But
many other schools of Dubai teach in Arabic
and also in some foreign languages such
as French, Hindi and even Russian. A wide
range of foreign curriculum such as the
British or the Japanese is also seen. Some
schools take entrance tests during admission.
The British schools start their sessions
in the month of September while the other
schools start theirs in April. A variety
of uniforms is observed for various schools.
The school timings are from 8 in the morning
till 2 pm. There are two or three breaks
Some private primary schools conduct entrance
tests. Most of the private schools in Dubai
cater to expatriate communities. Delhi Private
School, Our Own English High School, the
Dubai Modern High School, and the The Indian
High School offer Indian syllabus. Jumeirah
Primary School, Jebel Ali Primary School,
King's School and the Horizon School offer
British primary education up to the age
of eleven. Dubai English Speaking School
and Jumeirah English Speaking School are
the first choice for many expatriates.
Students, after completing their primary
education are generally admitted to the
secondary or high schools for further education.
A number of international schools are also
a part of Dubai. They follow syllabi ranging
from the Indian CBSE to the British Cambridge
system. The students have to spend three
years in secondary school.
For GCSE and A-Level programs (British Schooling),
Dubai British School, Dubai College, Dubai
Gem Private School, English College Dubai,
Jumeirah College, and St. Mary's Catholic
High School are the best choices.
For GCSE, IGCSE and IB, The Emirates International
School, Wellington School and Cambridge
International High School offer a combination
of GCSE, IGCSE, and IB courses to the expatriate
For CBSE (Indian Curriculum), Cambridge
International and St. Mary's are popular
choices for the Indian expatriate community.
Moreover, The International School of Choueifat
and Emirates International School offer
both British and American curricula.
A growing number of K-12 schools, like The
American School of Dubai (ASD), which is
located in Jumeirah and Dubai American Academy
(DAA) in Al Barsha offer the American syllabus.
ASD offers an accredited American high school
diploma; DAA offers both an American-accredited
high school diploma and the International
Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. There are also
some primary and high schools that offer
Canadian and Japanese syllabi.
Most of the expatriates send their children
to either back to their home country or
to western countries for university education.
Dubai nationals can attend government tertiary-level
institutions free of charge. On other note,
a number of foreign and local accredited
universities have been set up in Dubai in
the past decade. These include the following:
American University in Dubai (AUD)
The American College of Dubai
SP Jain Center Of Management (part
of India's reputed Business School SP
Jain Institute of Management & Research)
XLRI Dubai Campus for Management (in
collaboration with Al Abbas Institute
Al Ghurair University
Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Middlesex University, Dubai
Dubai the Higher Colleges of Technology
(Dubai Women's College and Dubai Men's
College campuses) and the Centre of
Excellence for Applied Research and
University of Wollongong in Dubai
Dubai School of Government
European University College Brussels,
Harvard University's John F. Kennedy
School of Government
Mahatma Gandhi University
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute
of Science and Technology
British University of Dubai, and
Harvard Medical School Dubai Center
(HMSDC) Institute for Postgraduate Education
Starting in fall 2008, Michigan State University
will offer undergrad and graduate degrees
in Dubai. Moreover, Rochester Institute
of Technology plans to open a satellite
campus in Dubai Silicon Oasis in the same
Dubai is also setting-up a 2.33-million-square-metre,
multi-university complex by the name of
Dubai Knowledge Universities (DKU), in the
heart of its ‘Academic City’.