Dubai’s commitment to providing high standards of education for all locals and expatriates is reflected in the wide range of government and private schools. A variety of international curricula is offered as are facilities for sports and other talent-enhancing programs.
There are many public and private pre-schools, including playgroups, nurseries, kindergartens and infant schools. Fees vary by school type and facilities. Child enrollment and registration procedures are based on certain criteria including necessary documents, as per UAE education laws.
Public schools are reserved for the children of UAE nationals, GCC nationals, and holders of decrees issued by the President or the Vice-President of the UAE.
Any child can enroll in a private school.
Private schools expenses can range from AED 5000.00 to over AED 70,000.00 per year. Related expenses such bus fares, books, school uniforms, etc. may be charged separately.
The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) was set up in 2006 to oversee the development of educational institutions in Dubai. It licenses and supervises all Dubai schools and other educational and human development and training organizations in Dubai. Higher education has seen remarkable growth in the past decade.
Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) both host internationally renowned universities, attracting students not only from inside the UAE but also from the region at large. DIAC is the world's only free zone dedicated to institutions of higher learning.