By Andy Sambidge
GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi set to open in September 2013
Dubai-based educator GEMS has signed an agreement to operate a new international school in Abu Dhabi, it was announced on Monday.
Baniyas Investment and Development Company (BIDC), the investment arm of Baniyas Sports Club, said it has signed a deal with GEMS Education to develop the school in the Bawabat Al Sharq (BAS) project in Baniyas City, Abu Dhabi.
GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi will cater to 3,400 students offering a UK curriculum from Kindergarten through to Year 13.
Classes at the school will commence in September 2013, the company said in a statement.
GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi is part of phase 3 of the Bawabat Al Sharq Project, a AED3bn community project in Baniyas City.
The development is a mix of modern residential, retail, entertainment and sporting facilities.
It comprises apartments, villas, healthcare facilities, a FIFA standard football stadium with a seating capacity of 20,000 spectators and the BAS Mall, which hosts 240 prime retail shops.
Subhi Benkhadra, CEO of BIDC said: "We are delighted to be in partnership with GEMS Education, one of the world's leading education companies, at the Bawabat Al Sharq project.
"GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi will provide residents of Baniyas City and the wider region with the very best in high quality, private education."
Dino Varkey, group executive director, GEMS Education added: "We at GEMS are very excited at the prospect of offering our GEMS Cambridge International School - Abu Dhabi.
"The school will provide a high quality standard of education in a supportive and friendly learning environment. GEMS Cambridge schools have a proven track record of success in both academic and extra-curricular activities.
"Over the last three years students from GEMS Cambridge schools have been accepted to 97 universities in 26 countries."
I think you have to be fundamentally suspicious of any organisation which uses the name of some other place or entity to gain prestige by false association. "Cambridge" would be an example. Legal of course, but shabby in motive and tells you something of the character.
Another measure is the opinions of parents, often voiced in the press.