By Daniel Shane
Safa British Academy set to open at mixed-use development late next year
Dubailand has signed a deal to develop a new private British academy within the residential and retail development.
The agreement, between Dubailand developer Dubai Properties Group (DPG) and Safa Private School, will see the opening of Safa British Academy by September 2014.
The school will offer an internationally recognised curriculum from foundation year to Sixth Form taught by British-trained teachers, as well as a 500-seat auditorium, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a FIFA astro turf football field.
A plot of 385,000 sqft has been allocated for the development of the school near Al Barsha 3, and will be located in the vicinity of communities including Motor City, Layan and The Villa. About 100,000 residents currently live in the Dubailand development.
A report from Dubai’s education regulator the Knowledge and Human Development Authority published this year showed that private schools raked in more than AED4bn ($1.09bn) in revenue from school fees this academic year.
The average tuition fee paid by Dubai’s private school students also rose 6 percent to AED18,196 per year, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.
The increase in school revenue from fees was partly due to a rise in charges as well as more student enrolments, the report says.
There are now nearly 225,100 students enrolled in private schools in Dubai, 8 percent more than the 2011-12 academic year.