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UAE's Sobha makes first foray into education sector

Developer launches Hartland International School as part of its mega project being built in Dubai

UAE's Sobha makes first foray into education sector

Sobha Group, the developer-contractor owned by PNC Menon, has reportedly launched its first venture in the education sector with the Hartland International School in Dubai.

Located in the Sobha Hartland area of Dubai, within the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, it is scheduled to open in September 2015, Gulf Business News reported.

It said the school will operate under the National Curriculum of England and students will be admitted from the foundation stage (FS1 and FS2 for ages 3 to 5) up to the sixth form (Grades 12 and 13 for ages 16 to 18).

The company said the school will feature facilities for science, technology and robotics and a large auditorium with projection, stage and concert facilities.

It will also offer an eight lane 25m swimming pool and a training pool for beginners, an indoor sports centre for gymnastics, basketball, badminton and football and an outdoor football field.

The rooftop will feature tennis and netball courts and shaded play areas with indoor activity rooms for dance, drama and physical development, Gulf Business News added.

In July, Sobha Group said it was planning to recruit up to 6,000 staff to work on its new $4bn Hartland project in Dubai.

The company's vice chairman, Ajay Rajendran, told Construction Week that the huge project, which is set to be built out entirely over six-to-seven years, will require between 5,000-6,000 staff.

Sobha Hartland, which sits just off Al Khail Road on a site facing the grandstand at the Meydan development, will contain 282 villas ranging between 6,259 square foot to 17,000 sq ft.

There will also be two mixed-use towers, nine blocks of ground-plus-48 storeys, three blocks of ground-plus-20, and 18 blocks of ground-plus-eight, as well as three hotels, a 150,000 sq m community centre, a clubhouse, three mosques and two international schools.

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Brian Nolan 5 years ago

Will they be brave enough to be the first private school in theUAE to include a well thought out unit for children with learning difficulties? Up to 20 % of children globally have learning issues. Although this is recognised by most government education agencies, the private education sector, on which most of us in the UAE must rely, provides little or no support, deeming it "not cost effective." And who can blame them? These private schools are meant to return a healthy profit to their owners, and they do not make money being socially responsible. Perhaps PNC Menon sees the world a little differently; I certainly hope so.