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Education in Dubai

Education in Dubai encompasses the many levels of primary, secondary and collegiate education catering to various ethnic and linguistic groups. The school system in Dubai does not differ from education in the United Arab Emirates. There are many public and private schools serving Emiratis and expatriates.

The Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates is responsible for accreditation of schools. The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) was established in 2006 to develop education and human resource sectors in Dubai, and license educational institutes.[1]

Public Schooling

Primary and secondary education is free of cost for all Emiratis and compulsory for boys and girls at the all grades .[2]

The medium of instruction in public schools is Arabic with emphasis on English as a second language. KG and primary schools may be co-ed or segregated. Secondary public schools are segregated. A list of Public Schools in Dubai.

Private Schooling

As of March 2010, there are 131 private schools in Dubai that offer one of the following curricula: American, British, French, German, Indian, International Baccalaureate, Pakistani, Filipino and Russian.

American, British and International Baccalaureate curricula are taught in English.

All students not of Arab heritage must take Arabic language classes. Muslim and Arab students must also take Islamic studies.

Primary education

Primary education is compulsory from the age of 5 by the Ministry of Education in the UAE. Most schools offers both primary and secondary instruction so students do not need to transfer to a separate school location upon graduating from primary school.

American curriculum runs from Kindergarten (5 years old) to Grade 8 (14 years old). British curriculum runs from Year 1 (4–5 years old) to Year 9 (14 years old).

Secondary education

Most of the secondary schools require students to take standardized tests such as Advanced Placement, SAT, IB Diploma, IGCSE, GCE Advanced level or CBSE.

Tertiary education

A sizable number of foreign accredited universities have been set up in Dubai. Most of their campuses are located at Dubai International Academic City, a purpose built free zone for tertiary academic institutions. The Harvard Medical School Dubai Center (HMSDC) Institute for Postgraduate Education and Research has been established as well in Dubai Health Care City. The RIT Dubai campus is located in Dubai Silicon Oasis.

In 2010, Michigan State University Dubai closed all undergraduate programs.[3]

Public libraries

Dubai Public Libraries is the public library system in Dubai.


  1. ^ "About Us". KHDA. 
  2. ^ "Ministry of education in the UAE". 
  3. ^ Swan, Melanie (6 July 2010). "Michigan State University shuts most of its Dubai campus". The National. 

External links

  • ADEC Abu Dhabi - ADEC Abu Dhabi official website education information
  • Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) - Official website
  • Education in Dubai guide - general guide to UAE school education and curriculums.
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