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Abu Dhabi education chiefs offer land for private schools

Investors urged to submit bids to run schools on six plots, to open in 2013.

Abu Dhabi education chiefs offer land for private schools

Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) is offering six plots of land in Khalifa City B and Mohamed bin Zayed City for the development of new private schools.

The initiative is part of ADEC's commitment to actively increase school capacity in the private sector to meet the growing demand for private school places, it said in a statement.

ADEC is welcoming open bids from interested investors who can carry out plans to open schools by August 1, 2013, news agency WAM reported.

Three plots of land will be allocated under a lease arrangement for schools to run the ADEC curriculum, two plots to run English and American education curriculums, and one plot will be awarded for an English-language Philippine curriculum school.

Each land plot is approximately 18,000 to 22,000 square metres, and will be leased at nominal rates, WAM added.

"ADEC research in the private school sector has shown that the demand for school places is expected to grow by five percent annually over the next few years," director general Dr Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili said.

"In accordance with ADEC's 10-year strategic plan, it is of highest priority for us to increase both quality and access to private schools in the Emirate."

The move follows a recent offer from ADEC to provide land for school operators applying to run low-fee private schools to provide appropriate education offerings for low and middle-income families in Abu Dhabi.

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