By Daniel Shane
Emirate's 148 private schools raked in US$958m in fees last year, says government report
Dubai’s 148 private schools collected AED3.52bn (US$958m) in tuition fees
during the last academic year, government figures have shown, with the average
fee paid per student standing at just over AED17,000.
The emirate’s Knowledge & Human Development Authority’s ‘Private
Schools Landscape in Dubai’ report also revealed that private schools
registered 7.4 percent growth in student numbers compared to the previous
The total number of students attending private
schools reached 207,118, or 88 percent of all students in Dubai, in 2011/2012, with
the average number of students per school standing at approximately 1,400.
The growth was attributed to a ballooning number of expatriates
living in the emirate and an increasing number of Emirati parents choosing private
education for their children.
According to the authority’s statistics, more than half of
UAE nationals now attend private institutions, accounting for 14.4 percent of
the total number of students in the emirate.
“Dubai’s private school sector has underpinned the growth of
its economy. The skilled expatriate community which has developed the trade, transport,
tourism, finance and construction sectors has relied on Dubai’s schools to
educate its children,” commented Dr Abdulla Al Karam, chairman of the
authority, in the report’s foreword.
“The availability of high quality education has been
instrumental in helping Dubai achieve its strategic goals,” he added.
The number of teachers working in private schools in Dubai
hit 13,180 during the academic year, while the student-to-teacher ratio stands
The proportion of students that travelled to Dubai schools
from other emirates was 14 percent.
I take it that it is free for locals? How much per year for locals? Definitely a luxury to go to school for foreign expat kids in Dubai. Education in Dubai should not be priced only educate the rich.
Yes indeed, schools in Dubai are money first, education second. What education? It is pure business. The logic behind how schools raise fees makes no sense to anyone except the owners of those schools that benefit handsomely from a flawed education system.
You are right Andy, some pay others go free of charge. The socioeconomic imbalance must be upheld to maintain the status quo! DEWA is free too!
I wish I only paid $4,600! This is not correct and I doubt even the low priced schools bring the average down to this amount. Someone should check this number.