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Developer Arada inks deal for school at Sharjah mega project

Arada partners with Sabis to open a new 4,000-pupil K-12 international school in Sharjah

Developer Arada inks deal for school at Sharjah mega project

Developer Arada has announced a partnership with Sabis, the global education network and schools provider, to open a new K-12 international school in Sharjah.

With a capacity of 4,000 pupils and preparing students for success in both American- and British-based external exams, the  International School of Choueifat (ISC) will be based at Arada’s 24 million square foot megaproject, Aljada.

The school will be the second Sabis-operated school in Sharjah, and the 15th in the UAE. Founded in 1886, Sabis today has an active presence in 20 countries on five continents and currently educates over 70,000 students worldwide.

The school will be located on a 670,000 square foot plot on the south-eastern corner of the Aljada project. With construction scheduled to begin in January 2020, the school will welcome its first pupils in September 2021, and will cater for children from KG through Grade 12. Staff housing will be provided elsewhere in the Aljada complex.

Facilities at the school will include outdoor pitches and a running track, as well as an indoor swimming pool and basketball court. In addition, pupils at the school will also benefit from a large auditorium, library and cafeteria, as well as IT and science laboratories and an art and design studio.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of Arada, said: “Our partnership with Sabis is yet another example of our commitment to raise the bar when it comes to the facilities the future residents of Aljada will be able to enjoy. This school will offer a premium, holistic education, complemented with best-in-class facilities, all based in an exceptionally convenient location.

“Following on from our recent launch of Nest, a new student housing complex at Aljada that is sited just a short walk away from University City, this new announcement once again highlights the importance of education to Arada.”

Victor Saad, Sabis vice president, said: “We are excited for our partnership with Arada to establish a new centre of educational excellence in one of the UAE’s most exciting new projects. Our close and historic association with Sharjah dates back to 1976 and this new school shows that our dedication to this critical sector in the country remains undiminished.”

The Sabis institution will be the first of three secondary schools in Aljada. Demand for all three sites is expected to be strong, thanks to a steadily growing 1.4 million population in Sharjah, which has a school-age demographic of almost 434,000 that is expected to double by 2025.

Aljada is a master-planned destination with a sales value of AE24 billion that was unveiled by Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, in September 2017.

Construction on Aljada began in April 2018, with the first homes scheduled to be handed over by the end of this year.

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