Dubai is showing its commitment to enhancing the quality of education in the city by announcing the construction of a new school and the expansion of an existing one. The projects are part of the Dubai Schools initiative, which aims to create a world-class education system in the emirate.
The Dubai Schools project was launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, as part of the Dubai Social Agenda 33, which seeks to position Dubai among the world’s top 10 cities in various fields, including education. The project is overseen by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, who recently approved a budget of AED530m ($144.3m) for the expansion of the project.
The new school will be located in Al Khawaneej and offer students the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum from kindergarten to grade 12. The school will have a capacity of 2,000 students, 100 classrooms, 40 laboratories, and specialized classrooms. The school is expected to open in 2026.
The existing school, Dubai Schools Al Barsha, will also undergo expansion to accommodate more students and offer more facilities. The school opened in 2022, currently has 2,580 students from 38 different nationalities, and follows the IB curriculum. The expansion will add 4,400 seats, 195 classrooms, and 83 laboratories and specialized classrooms to the school.
Expanding the Dubai Schools project will increase the number of seats the project offers to 15,000 by 2033. The project aims to provide students with an innovative and holistic education that prepares them for the future. The schools feature state-of-the-art facilities like smart classrooms, sports complexes, libraries, theatres, and innovation labs. The schools also foster a culture of excellence, creativity, and leadership among students and teachers.
Sheikh Hamdan said: “Aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, we are committed to establishing an innovative education system in Dubai capable of nurturing and empowering capable future leaders. We aim to equip our youth with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a rapidly changing environment by fostering a culture of educational excellence. The new initiative to expand the ‘Dubai Schools’ project will ensure that the emirate’s school offerings meet and even exceed global benchmarks of educational excellence.”
The Dubai Schools project is one of Dubai's many initiatives to enhance the city's education sector. Dubai is home to more than 300 private schools that offer various curricula and cater to diverse student needs. Dubai also hosts several prestigious universities and research institutions that attract local and international students and scholars. Dubai is committed to investing in human capital and developing a knowledge-based economy that supports the vision of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid.
Dubai Schools are committed to offering high-quality and easily accessible education to students in Dubai. We achieve this by implementing principles of educational excellence through internationally recognized curricula that reputable private sector operators deliver. Taaleem represents this exceptional partnership between the government and private sector in the first phase. Dubai Schools aims to provide high-quality, accessible education for students in Dubai. We do this by adopting principles of excellence in education through internationally recognized curricula delivered by reputable private sector operators; Taaleem represents this unique partnership between the government and the private sector during the first phase.
"It aims to optimize the exchange of knowledge, expertise, and goals to achieve the Dubai Government's agenda of ensuring access to high-quality education for every student. This, in turn, will equip them with the right skills for the knowledge-based and competitive economy of the future, making them fulfilled and supported individuals."