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Ruth Harron 08/08/2018 1


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Teachers! There are 17 new international schools to open in UAE

Ruth Harron 07/08/2018 0

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Dubai: The international schools market in the UAE continues to expand, with 17 new schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year, a new study suggests.

According to the latest data from ISC Research, released ahead of the forthcoming International and Private Schools Education Forum (IPSEF) Middle East in Dubai, the UAE led all countries in the Middle East in the number of international schools, boasting 624 international schools, up from 596 last year.

The research also shows that the premium, English-language international schools market continues to expand across the Middle East, showing no signs of slowing down despite challenging economic conditions.

“The market in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, continues to expand. ISC Research is aware of 17 new international schools opening for the 2018-2019 academic year in the UAE, 13 of which are located in Dubai,” said Richard Gaskell, schools director at ISC Research.

The study states that the number of international schools in the region has grown from only 1,159 in 2013 to 1,593 in 2018.

“Most of the demand for international schools in the Middle East is currently focused on the mid-price international schools that are affordable to the majority of professional expatriates and more affluent local families,” he added.

Following the UAE, there are 257 international schools in Saudi Arabia and 166 in Qatar. A total of 1.51 million students are attending international schools in the region, each paying an average of $7,658 (Dh28,129) annually for their education.

Rhona Greenhill, co-founder, IPSEF which runs the leading international conference on private and international schools in the UK, China and the Middle East said the growth of the international schools’ market in the Middle East further confirms the role education plays in the development agenda of governments in the region.

“A number of initiatives have been set in place to enable private companies to establish local branches or independently set-up international schools and help support the growth of the education sector as a whole in this part of the world,” he said.

According to Greenhill, new market updates will be revealed at the Dubai edition of IPSEF, which will be held on September 21-23 2018 at the KHDA headquarters in Dubai International Academic City.

Ashwin Assomull, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting will present insights on the UAE K-12 education landscape, providing the very latest data on growth drivers and opportunities in this highly competitive segment.

As the international schools’ sector continues to grow, competition is expected to get tougher. Given this context, organisers have included a session on Marketing the #Future School, finding relevance in a crowded market to be led by Simon Noakes, Founder & CEO, Interactive Schools.

The talk is expected to provide school owners and administrators insightful steps on how to highlight their unique strengths and remain competitive in the market.

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Substitute teachers in The UAE

Ruth Harron 30/07/2018 0

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Good news for substitute teachers in The UAE

Dubai: Residents can now obtain a new freelance package for an annual fee of Dh7,500 in media and education sectors with Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP), officials announced on Tuesday.

The package, called Gofreelance, was launched by TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, in partnership with Dubai Creative Clusters Authority.

The annual fee includes the Freelancer Permit and access to the Business Centre. If the candidates requires a visa, such as if they are non-residents who want to freelance here, relevant “assistance” will be provided. However, the visa will cost separately as per the normal associated fees.

Gofreelance was announced during a media briefing at Dubai Press Club on Tuesday. Speaking at the event, officials from Dubai Media City outlined the benefits of the new package, which offers a freelance permit at a significantly lower fee (around half) than previous freelance packages in Dubai.

Freelancing advantage

At the moment, the permit is restricted to certain “activities” in each of the two sectors of Education and Media. For example, in Education, there are five activities, including Education Advisor, Researcher, and eLearning Advisor.


The Media category, on the other hand, has almost 50 activities, including Actor, Animator, Cameraman, Journalist, and others.

Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and Dubai Production City, told Gulf News on the sidelines of Tuesday’s event that the new package comes in line with expectations of a changing professional market.

“We see there are a lot of changes in the industry. The media industry today is not like the media industry 10 years ago. How individuals interact with the media and how the media interacts with individuals has drastically changed,” Al Suwaidi said.

Work freedom

Al Suwaidi also said there are a lot of people “‘freelancing’ without the right [legal] structure. What we’re saying is that the right structure is better for you – and it doesn’t cost you that much”.

‘Strong interest’

Mohammad Abdullah, managing director of Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and DKP, told Gulf News there has been “strong interest” from the community for the new permit package and officials have started receiving applications.

“Freelance permits have been there before, but today’s event is to announce the new package. We’re making the process easier, faster and have reduced the cost, by around 70 per cent compared to many cases earlier,” Abdullah said.

Simplified process

The process for obtaining the permit has also been simplified, with almost all of the needed steps done online at, the website of the permit.

Candidates have to upload the application forms and required documents, such as their CV, passport and visa copy, a bank reference letter, and sponsor’s NOC (if applicable).

Once the application is approved, candidates will receive an email notification and then visit one of the business centres in DMC or DKP to personally sign the documents and pay the fee. During the visit, the candidates may be asked relevant questions regarding their application for clarification or verification purposes. Shortly afterwards, they will receive their freelance permit via email.

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The Swiss International School Dubai

Ruth Harron 30/07/2018 0



The Swiss International Scientific School in Dubai is a leading day and boarding school where future
generations are inspired to become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners, ready to embrace
the opportunities of a global world. Our school follows the full continuum International Baccalaureate
(IB) programme in English with additional languages or in two bilingual English-French and English-
German streams. SISD is an IB Continuum World School authorised to offer and teach the IB Primary
Years Programme (PYP), IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (DP). Our unique
curriculum offers an engaging learning experience, the challenge of developing a real understanding of
cultural diversity and the support of a thriving international community. Our large eco-friendly campus
ensures that we can offer a wide range of sporting facilities that make the most of our location adjacent
to Dubai Creek.

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Oaktree Primary School Dubai

Ruth Harron 26/07/2018 0



Oaktree Primary School Dubai  is a British community school, with a unique family feel in the heart of Dubai, providing a quality education. Our class sizes are amongst the smallest in Dubai and all our class teachers are from Britain. Our fees start at 30,000AED per year.


We teach the National Curriculum for England and Wales (NCfE), where each child is valued as an individual and is encouraged to reach their full potential. We provide primary school education for children from Foundation Stage (age 3) to Year-6 (age 10-11).


Russian, Spanish and French lessons are offered to native speakers, at no extra cost. You can choose from a variety of paid and non-paid after-school activities from Arts and Crafts, to a variety of sporting activities.  A healthy meal option for lunch is also provided with monthly payments.


Oaktree Primary School is located in Al Qouz 4 behind Al Khail Mall and is easily accessible within minutes from Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Khail Road. Our own bus service covers most locations in Dubai.


Oaktree Primary School Dubai

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Latest from Gulf News: Emirates English Speaking School to shut down after 30 years

Ruth Harron 19/07/2018 0



DUBAI: The 30-year-old Emirates English Speaking School (EESS) in Al Safa will be shutting down next year. The last batch of students graduating from the school will be in March 2019.

The CBSE curriculum school, which runs classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12, has issued a letter to parents informing them about the closure at the end of the current academic year.

The letter said the school would seek seats for the students at other CBSE schools and hoped they would be accommodated.

The school currently has 1,550 students. Over 10,000 students have passed out of the school over the years.

Quality education

“She is quite an introvert and it took her some time to make friends. She does not want to leave this school and my wife and I are worried about how she will cope with the change.”

An alumni of EESS, Sunita Lakhiani, 36, who passed out in 1999 said, “Some of my closest friends are people I met at EESS. We are saddened to hear about the closure. It seems like a part of our childhood is being taken away. My friends and I plan to have lunch together at the school canteen before it shuts down.”

Permission granted

The school’s rating in the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)’s inspections dropped to “weak” in 2012.

Ever since, the school has been struggling to rope in good staff and improve its standing.

Mohammad Darwish, chief of Regulations and Permits Commission at KHDA, said, “KHDA has approved the school management’s request to discontinue educational services from the next academic year.

“The school has already put in place a plan to ensure students affected by the closure can be accommodated in other schools and that it would help parents and students with a smooth transition,” he added.


Gulf News 19th July 2018

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KHDA 2018/19 School Calendar

Ruth Harron 18/07/2018 0

Academic Staff work starts in private schools that follow the foreign curriculum for new academic year 2018-2019 on 26 August 2018 and for students on 2 September 2018

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Where is the Western Region?

Ruth Harron 18/07/2018 0

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Where is the Western Region?

This is one of the questions I am frequently asked by applicants, alongside What are the Northern Emirates and What is the capital of The UAE?

I’m sure people have plenty more questions and queries but here are the answers to those few:

Northern Emirates: From the Emirates with the biggest surface area to those with the lowest, the five Northern Emirates are:

• Sharjah
• Ras al Khaimah
• Fujairah
• Umm al Quwain
• Ajman

The Western Region Al Gharbia or Western Region is one of three Municipal Region in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

This region comprises seven townships,

• Madinat Zayed
• Ruwais
• Ghayathi
• Liwa
• Marfa
• Sila
• Dalma

The Capital of The UAE: Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of The UAE, it’s also the largest of the UAE’s seven emirates.

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Ruth Harron 18/07/2018 0

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KHDA brings back ‘#8WeekStreak’ initiative

Ruth Harron 16/07/2018 0

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Students or parents from Dubai schools who engage in new activities this summer invited to post photos on social media

Dubai: The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai is bringing back its summer campaign for a second year, encouraging students in Dubai to try something new each week as part of its ‘#8WeekStreak’ initiative.

The campaign will run from July 8 to August 30. Designed to promote well-being and the love for learning, students can participate in the #8WeekStreak campaign from wherever they are — whether they are in Dubai or holidaying around the world.

To participate, students — or their parents — have to post pictures of themselves doing a new activity on Twitter or Instagram using the #8WeekStreak hashtag. Activities can range from learning to play a new instrument, volunteering for a good cause, trying a new sport, or making a new friend.

The KHDA website also offers daily suggestions for the duration of the eight-week campaign for students who are looking for inspiration.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, director-general of KHDA, said: “Summer holidays are a perfect time for students to continue challenging themselves by developing new interests or pursuing their passion. Students will also learn to harness the positive power of social media by sharing what they’re learning with the wider community and inspiring others to do the same.”

All students from Dubai schools can take part in #8WeekStreak, regardless of their age or where they are during the summer. Pictures can be shared on social media by the students themselves or by their parents. Participants also stand to win weekly prizes, as well as one grand prize for a student who posts for eight consecutive weeks.


Published: 15:10 July 2, 2018 Gulf News

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