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New Dubailand college for 2,000 students set to open in 2015

The 1m sqft institution is a partnership between UAE's Goldline Group and UK-based school Ellesmere College

New Dubailand college for 2,000 students set to open in 2015
Dr Navjit Singh Anand.

UAE contractor Goldline Group is set to partner with top UK-based school Ellesmere College on a new 1 million square foot school in Dubailand.

The group's founder, Dr Navjit Singh Anand, said the project would see the new college opening in September 2015 in time for the start of the new academic year. The school will cater for around 2,000 pupils.

Dr Anand, whose construction-based group of companies has a turnover of over $680 million and employs 4,000 people, opened his first school project, a branch of India's Springdale School, in Dubai last year.

"The first school we built was as a gift back to society," Dr Anand said. "Society has been very good to me, this country has helped me to make a lot of money and people have been nice to me. And as we get old, you feel like you should be doing something to help society."

He said that the school has been a "good success" in terms of attracting students and his contracting company is currently undertaking phase two works, which includes the creation of outdoor sports areas.

"I studied at the same school. And I felt that was a reason for my success. So I went to get the same school to bring here."

Dr Anand also plans to open a Springdale school in Qatar in 2015, where a local contractor has been hired for its construction.

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