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List of Best Schools in UAE

The education system of United Arab Emirates (UAE) has undergone some noteworthy reforms/changes in the recent times. We bring to you comprehensive information about the UAE education system and the opportunities it offers. 

According to the latest data on the growth of international schools by ISC Research, part of The International Schools Consultancy (ISC), the UAE has the highest number of English-medium international schools that is 511 in the world. A wide range of education systems are offered in the UAE apart from the local curriculum such as Arabic, British, American, Indian, Choueifat, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Armenia, Pakistan, Australian, Iranian and Philippines. In addition to this, support services and special needs education is also provided by specialized institutes. The government offers primary and secondary education for free to all the UAE nationals.


The education system in the UAE is outlined as below:

  1. Kindergarten – For children at the age 4-5 years 
  2. Primary schools – For children between the age of 6 and 11 years
  3. Preparatory stage – For children between the age of 12 and 14 years
  4. Secondary schools – For children between the age of 15 and 17 years 

The language of instruction in public schools is Arabic, while English is mostly taught as a secondary language.

Note: As the expat community is growing by leaps and bounds in the UAE, the demand for the National Curriculum of England is also growing in the local an expat community. To monitor the UAE education system and schools in UAE, the Ministry of Education has instituted (KHDA) Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). It comprises of a panel of experts in various fields of education. The private schools are evaluated as per their teaching mechanisms and standards of education deliverability. Emphasis is paid to languages such as Arabic, Islamic Education, and Mathematics amidst others.

List of top UAE schools 


With stiff competition amongst the schools in UAE, it is quite difficult to be regarded as the best schools in UAE. 

Some of the best schools in Dubai and Abu Dhabi include:

  1. Abu Dhabi International School 
  2. Abu Dhabi City Campus
  3. Abu Dhabi Grammar School 
  4. American School of Dubai 
  5. Brighton College, Abu Dhabi 
  6. The British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi 
  7. Dubai American Academy (A GEMS School) 
  8. Dubai College 
  9. GEMS Cambridge International School, Dubai 
  10. GEMS Cambridge High School, Abu Dhabi 
  11. GEMS Millennium School, Dubai 
  12. GEMS Modern Academy, Dubai 
  13. GEMS Royal Dubai School (Primary Only) 
  14. GEMS World Academy (Primary), Abu Dhabi 
  15. Raffles International School and Raffles World Academy, Dubai
  16. Swiss International Scientific School (Primary), Dubai 

These are some of the highly recommended schools in UAE. It is recommended that you visit the school in person and apply as per the eligibility criteria.