Education in the UAE
The Education system has grown increasingly important in the United Arab Emirates, with the country’s government beginning to realise the need for a well educated workforce. The nation’s vast oil wealth has provided all the money it needs to establish a world class education system. Due to the influx of foreign workers, private schools have been established in large numbers to cope.
The majority of state funded schools do not allow foreign students to attend. If they do allow expat children in the priority is for local Arab children or Arab expatriates. Places for non-Muslims are incredibly scarce. If your child is not Muslim then it’s a good idea to send them to a private school as attending a state school could be very alienating for them.
The main option for most expats is to send your children to one of the many private schools dotted around the country. These institutions are often specifically catered for expatriates. The majority of private schools are managed by and run for English speaking expatriates. Many expats choose this option as it enables their children to mix with other expats and allows them to speak their own language and integrate with other children with similar cultures. These international schools follow a similar timetable to UK schools with the structure and times being similar.
Private schools throughout the United Arab Emirates can be oversubscribed so it is wise to apply as soon as possible. Schooling can be expensive; there is no Free State education for those who are not UAE nationals. In some cas The admission procedure is a simple one and requires the submission of the application form along with copies of passports of the child and the parents, passport size photographs, past school records, a transfer certificate and medical history of the child. es the fees can be paid by your employer as a part of your contract. You should always be aware of the cost of education as school fees can be hiked at any time, turning a once manageable expense into a financial nightmare. In addition to international schools a number of overseas colleges and universities now offer part or full degree courses to expats living in the UAE.
The admission procedure is a simple one and requires the submission of the application form along with copies of passports of the child and the parents, passport size photographs, past school records, a transfer certificate and medical history of the child.