Four British schools to be built in Dubai

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Ian Hunt, managing director of Gabbitas Educational Consultants.

Ian Hunt, managing director of Gabbitas Educational Consultants.

Gabbitas Educational Consultants has signed an agreement to manage four new British schools in Dubai, which are being backed by a $136m (AED500m) investment from prominent Indian entrepreneur Mohan Valrani.

The two primary schools and two secondary schools, which will all follow the British curriculum, will open in phases through 2016-2019.

Gabbitas has also opened an office in Dubai.

Ian Hunt, managing director of Gabbitas Educational Consultants, said: “Gabbitas has been working to help families access the best of British education for well over 100 years and we believe the time is right for us to open in the Middle East, where there is strong demand for more personalised and better informed services regarding schooling and higher education.”

Founded in 1873 Gabbitas is the UK’s premier independent education consultancy and will provide a comprehensive tailored school placement service in Dubai – with consultants advising on the best independent schools for children and offering a full guardianship service for overseas students at UK boarding schools.

The company will also provide expert guidance in the selection of and application to overseas universities and other services include bespoke packages for careers advice, guides to independent schools, and summer school programmes.

In addition, a dedicated special educational needs consultancy is available.

Hunt added: “Our Middle East team will be working with local Emirati and expatriate families, as well as company HR departments and relocation advisers, to help them access the most appropriate educational opportunities for their children in leading independent schools and higher education institutions.

“Parents greatly value the impartial, expert advice that our consultants provide and we also plan to run free seminars for parents and pupils in Dubai, to help them better understand the education landscape and opportunities.”

There are eight branch campuses of UK universities in the UAE and nearly 3,000 Emirati students are studying at UK higher education institutions.

Her Majesty's Consul General to the UAE, Edward Hobart, said: "I'm delighted to see more British Education Service providers enter the UAE market. The decision by Gabbitas Educational Consultants to launch an office in Dubai demonstrates the tremendous local and regional demand for British education.

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