Dubai private schools show double-digit enrollment growth in 2023-24

Overview of Private Schools in Dubai – 2023-24

The number of students attending private schools in Dubai for the academic year 2023-24 surpassed 365,000. This is the highest-ever increase in Dubai private schools registered since the establishment of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in 2007. In the 2023-24 academic year, Dubai private schools recorded 12% growth which equates to 39,000 additional students, compared to 2022. 

Dubai currently has 220 private schools and offers 17 curriculums to students from 200 different nationalities. According to the director general of KHDA, Dr. Abdulla Al KAram, Dubai continues to welcome families and teachers every year. Dubai is poised to create growth and offer unique experiences to students, parents and teachers. Furthermore, Dubai based schools aim to prioritize quality and wellbeing as well as offer diversity in terms of curriculums, demographics and locations.

Dubai Strategic Plan 2023-25 to Enhance Education Sector 

Earlier this year, Dubai Knowledge Fund Establishment introduced its Strategic Plan for 2023-2025. The objective of the two-year plan is to elevate Dubai’s position as a prominent center for knowledge-based investments. The plan is centered on three pillars. This includes strengthening investment portfolio, enhancing educational asset allocation and effective management of educational institutes. 

Integrating Technology in Education 

The schools in the UAE are also planning to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning technology in their curriculums. Furthermore, the Ministry of Education (MoE) aims to introduce AI-generated tutors in classrooms in the UAE. Likewise, MoE intends to partner with Microsoft, OpenAI and other tech leaders to enhance the quality of education. These initiatives are aimed to transform the education sector and redesign the teaching methods.

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