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The Dubai private school sector has seen impressive growth in both the number of students and the quality of education since the establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in 2007. The recent announcement highlights a significant 12 % increase in student enrollment over the last academic year.

Currently, there are 365,572 students enrolled in Dubai’s private schools, a substantial rise from the 156,504 students in the 2007/08 academic year. The number of private schools has also more than doubled, growing from 136 in the 2007/08 academic year to 220 in the 2022/23 academic year, including five new schools that were introduced in the 2023/24 academic year.

The educational standards in Dubai’s private schools have also seen notable improvements. In the last academic year, 77% of students were attending schools that received a rating of ‘Good’ or higher, a stark increase from the 30 % during the initial inspection cycle in the 2008/09 academic year.

Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of KHDA, stated, “Dubai is increasingly acknowledged for the diversity and quality of its private schools. The latest figures reflect the progress made since 2007 and suggest continued enhancement in the future. We appreciate the vital role played by school leaders and teachers in advancing Dubai’s standard of education and making our city a leading global education hub.”

Dubai’s private schools provide 17 different educational curricula, with the British curriculum being the most popular choice among families, attracting over a third (36 per cent) of the student body. The Indian and American curricula are also prevalent, followed by the International Baccalaureate and the Ministry of Education curriculum.

For detailed information on the landscape of Dubai’s private schools, please visit the KHDA website.

Key Statistics: Dubai’s Private Schools

220 schools offering 17 different curricula.
5 new schools launched in the 2023-24 academic year.
A total of 365,572 students are enrolled.
17,257 students with special educational needs.
Students represent 186 nationalities.