Schools in Dubai

There are plenty of international schools in Dubai but competition for places and fees are high. Many follow the British or American curriculum and are staffed by teachers from the UK, Australia, and the US.

The academic year is divided into 3 terms, starting in September and ending in June. The school week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Start and finish times vary by school but are typically 8 am and 2.30 pm.

Many schools have entrance examinations and most have a uniform or dress code.

Fees vary by school, with many charging different fees for each age group. Additional fees are payable for registration, transport, uniforms, extra-curricula activities, and other expenses.

Documents must be submitted with an application form to enrol a child in school. These include:

  • Copies of birth certificate and passport
  • Passport photographs
  • Transfer certificate from current school
  • Recent school reports
  • Medical history

British, American and International Schools

The following schools in Dubai are popular with expatriates:

School

Area

Curriculum

Level

Notes

Mirdif

American

Elementary, High, Kindergarten, Middle

Girls school situated in Al Mizhar, close to Mirdif.

Garhoud

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

British school for boys and girls. Situated in Garhoud and managed by GEMS Education.

Dubai Festival City

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

Follows the English National Curriculum for pupils aged 3 to 18.

Al Barsha

American

Elementary, High, Kindergarten, Middle

GEMS school close to the Mall of the Emirates

Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

British school in the exclusive Emirates Hills area of the city.

Al Sufouh

British

Secondary, Sixth Form

One of the leading secondary's schools in Dubai.

Dubai Academic City, Dubai Silicon Oasis

British

Secondary, Sixth Form

British secondary school and sixth form college.

Oud Metha

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

One of the best primary schools in Dubai.

Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Village

International Baccalaureate

IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP

International school in Emirates Hills.

Al Barsha

American

Elementary, High, Kindergarten, Middle

Offers a US education to over 2,500 boys and girls.

Emirates Hills, Jumeirah Islands, Jumeirah Park, Jumeirah Village

British, International Baccalaureate

IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP, Kindergarten

Follows a UK and International Baccalaureate curriculum.

Al Safa

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Primary school in Al Safa managed by GEMS.

Mirdif

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Independent primary school near Mirdif.

Dubai Silicon Oasis

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

New school at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Al Sufouh

British, International Baccalaureate

Foundation Stage, IB DP, Primary, Secondary

Large school in Al Sufouh following the National Curriculum for England/IB

Dubai Investments Park

International Baccalaureate

IB DP, IB MYP, IB PYP

Follows an International Baccalaureate curriculum. Located at Dubai Invesments Park, near the Green Community.

Al Wasl

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

British primary school in Dubai.

Discovery Gardens, Jebel Ali, Jumeirah Park

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

British primary school close to the Ibn Battuta Mall.

Jumeirah

International Baccalaureate

IB DP, IB MYP

Follows an international programme of study.

Al Safa

British

Secondary, Sixth Form

British secondary school managed by GEMS Education.

Al Safa

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Primary school offering a British education.

Arabian Ranches, Jumeirah Village

British, International Baccalaureate

Foundation Stage, IB DP, Primary, Secondary

Follows the English National Curriculum for pupils aged 3 to 16. Sixth formers study for IB.

Umm Suqeim

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Primary school in Umm Suqeim. National Curriculum for England.

Dubai Investments Park

American

Elementary, High, Kindergarten, Middle

Offers and American education. Based at Dubai Investments Park, near the Green Community.

Umm Suqeim

British

Follows the Montessori curriculum in kindergarten and the Cambridge Primary Curriculum at primary level.

Umm Suqeim

British, International Baccalaureate

IB DP, IB PYP, Secondary

Follows a mixed UK and international curriculum.

Emirates Hills

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

UK school at the Greens, Emirates Hills.

Dubai Silicon Oasis, Nad Al Sheba

British, International Baccalaureate

Foundation Stage, IB DP, Primary, Secondary

Modern school with boarding facilties. International partner of the famous Repton School in the UK.

Oud Metha

British

Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

Private school popular with Asian students. Follows the National Curriculum for England.

Al Qusais

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Primary school near Dubai International Aiport.

Mirdif

British

Foundation Stage, Primary

Primary school in Mirdif.

Al Safa

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

Offers an British education for around 1000 students.

Al Qusais

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

School close to Sharjah. Follows the National Curriculum for England.

Discovery Gardens, Jumeirah Park, The Gardens

British

Foundation Stage, Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form

Located near the Ibn Battuta Mall.

Dubai Festival City

American, International Baccalaureate

High, IB DP, IB PYP, Middle

School at Dubai Festival City following a US/IB curriculum