Abu Dhabi seeks 11,000 new school seats

Education bosses invite private sector to invest in new schools

Education bosses in Abu Dhabi have invited private investors to help build new schools in the UAE capital as it seeks to increase its number of places by 11,000 by academic year 2015/2016.

According to official news agency WAM, Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) will establish new schools in the Khalifa A, Al Wathba and Al Falah districts in order to meet increasing demand.

The curricula offered by the new schools will include Indian, British and American, ADEC said.

“This land RfP (request for proposal) is part of ADEC's plan to cope with the annual demand and increase of 5 percent for more private schools across the emirate,” said Engineer Hamad Al Dhaheri, ADEC's PSQA executive director. “We will continue to work on attracting and supporting committed investors in order to help build new private schools in order to achieve ADEC's vision.”

ADEC added that land in the emirate had become scarce, with no available plots elsewhere to construct new schools. At present, there is annual demand of 201,744 private school seats, while supply is just 175,441. By 2015/2016, this is anticipated to rise to 225,221.

"The island of Abu Dhabi is saturated; in addition these areas are growing by the day and are attractive for many families who chose to relocate there. In addition to the fact that they become not far out from the island of Abu Dhabi at all,” added Engineer Tareq Al Ameri, business development division manager, PSQA.


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