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GEMS' first Qatar school ready to open

Dubai-based GEMS Education says the Doha school will offer the US curriculum to up to 1,550 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5

GEMS' first Qatar school ready to open
Sunny Varkey, founder and chairman of GEMS.

Dubai-based GEMS Education has said its first school in Qatar will open at the beginning of the academic year on September 7.

GEMS American Academy Qatar (GAA) will teach the American curriculum to an initial 1,550 students from kindergarten to Grade 5.

Additional grades will be added in the following years.

Despite offering the US curriculum, GEMS said the school community would value the Islamic faith and celebrate Qatar’s language, traditions, history and culture by incorporating them into the curriculum, as well as student activities.

GEMS has 39 schools catering to about 90,000 students in the UAE, where it was founded by Sunny Varkey.

Following a $200 million fundraising exercise, the company announced in January that it aimed to open six new schools each year, most of which would be in the UAE.

In June it appointed Saeed Al Muntafiq as Group CEO to oversee the company's operations in the Middle East, Africa and most of Asia.

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