Dubai’s schools guide

Tue, 08 Dec, 2020

Dubai offers has a huge choice of private educational institutions – with 17 different curricula across nearly 200 schools with 281,432 students of 187 nationalities enrolled. The UAE Ministry of Education is tasked with the accreditation of schools in Dubai, while the growth and quality of the education sector is overseen by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), which focuses on happiness and wellbeing, guided by the strategy of the Government. Schools are rated according to regular inspections by the KHDA, which gives a benchmark of quality and transparency to parents seeking the best school in Dubai for their children.

The choice of curriculum for a child will usually be determined by the country they’re from or likely to return to. Each curriculum leads to public examinations and qualifications, so will have a bearing on any future applications to universities or jobs, whether in the UAE or abroad. 

This article showcases some of the schools in the vicinity of DAMAC’s various real estate projects and properties for sale in DubaiProperties For Sale In Aykon City TowerStudios For Sale In Aykon City Tower apartment for sale in Dubai and villas for sale in dubai.

DAMAC Hills master development, Dubailand

Jebel Ali School in DAMAC Hills

KHDA rated: Very good | Curriculum: British

Jebel Ali School is a leading not-for-profit school and one of the longest established in Dubai, founded in 1977. The DAMAC Hills campus opened in September 2016 and offers boys and girls the British curriculum from Foundation Stage through primary and secondary to sixth form. 

The huge campus has spacious and flexible classrooms that allow for both indoor and outdoor learning; while creative arts, science and sports are all supported by state-of-the-art amenities and a highly qualified faculty. 

Wide green outdoor areas and shaded spots for reading and relaxing are set around sports fields and courts, and children can feel safe and secure in smaller courtyards for each phase of their schooling.

Other schools within 15 minutes of DAMAC Hills include: 

  • Fairgreen International School 
    KHDA rated: not yet inspected | Curriculum: IB with a specific focus on sustainability
  • Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches
    KHDA rated: Outstanding | Curriculum: British

Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers area

Recommendation: Dubai College

KHDA rated: Outstanding | Curriculum: British

Dubai College is set on Al Sufouh Road, just a short five to 10-minute drive from DAMAC’s various properties in Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Lakes Towers; which include:

  • DAMAC Heights 
  • DAMAC Residenze
  • Marina Terrace 
  • Ocean Heights 
  • The Waves Dubai Marina
  • Lake View
  • Lake Terrace
  • Marina Terrace

A selective-entry school, the acclaimed Dubai College was established in 1978, teaching boys and girls from years 7 to 13, with the British curriculum. Another not-for-profit school, the campus is set on a 19-acre plot, with first-class amenities to facilitate not only academic excellence but also a foster distinction in sports and the arts, as well as a philanthropic outlook on life. However, the main focus, along with a rich, challenging and balanced curriculum plus excellent extra-curricular provision, is to put the child at the centre of everything with teachers that facilitate education rather than simply impart knowledge. This produces socially articulate and well-rounded students who have a life-long link to the school alumni – wherever they are in the world.

Other schools within 15 minutes of the Dubai Marina area:

  • Dubai International Academy
    KHDA rated: Very good | Curriculum: IB
  • Emirates International School
    KHDA rated: Very good | Curriculum: IB

Business Bay

Recommendation: JSS Private School

KHDA rated: Very Good | Curriculum: CBSE 

The JSS Private School campus is set just off Sheikh Zayed Road, in Al Safa 1, between six and 14 minutes from DAMAC’s range of Penthouse for sale in Dubai, which includes:

  • Avanti
  • Bay’s Edge
  • Business Tower
  • DAMAC Breeze
  • DAMAC Maison Canal Views
  • DAMAC Maison Cour Jardin
  • DAMAC Maison Distinction 
  • DAMAC Maison Mall Street
  • DAMAC Privé 
  • DAMAC Majestine
  • Paramount Hotel Business Bay, Dubai 
  • DAMAC Voleo
  • Executive Bay
  • Merano Tower
  • Park Central Business Bay
  • Rěva Residences
  • The Residences at Business Central 
  • Upper Crest 
  • Věra Residences 
  • XL Tower 
  • Zada Residences 

JJS Private School is part of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, one of India’s largest not-for-profit socio-economic charitable trusts, that operates over 350 educational institutions across the globe. Catering to boys and girls from pre-KG through to Grade 12, the school follows the curriculum set by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education, the national level board of education in India for public and private schools, controlled and managed by the Union Government of India). 

The school opened in April 2011 and focuses on teaching pupils with a holistic approach to their education, in order to help them become responsible global citizens of the future.

Other schools within 15 minutes of the Business Bay area: 

  • Jumeirah Village Circle
    Nord Anglia International School | KHDA rated: Very Good | Curriculum: IB
    Nearby DAMAC properties: Ghalia, Tower 108, Emirates Gardens and Tuscan Residences
  • Jumeirah Village Triangle
    Sunmarke School | KHDA rated: Very good | Curriculum: UK + IB
    Nearby DAMAC properties: Green Park
  • Dubai South
    GEMS World Academy | KHDA rated: Very good | Curriculum: IB
    Nearby DAMAC properties: Tenora and Celestia
  • Barsha Heights
    Regent International School | KHDA rated: Very good |UK

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