In a video shared across social media channels on Monday, KHDA announced a 4.5% increase in student numbers across Dubai private schools from the end of 2021-22 to the current academic year.
The education regular celebrated the resilience of Dubai’s private education sector, remarking that schools have “not only adapted to challenges but thrived through them.”
This growth follows a similar rise of a reported 4.9% in the previous year, when the number of students attending Dubai private schools topped 300,000 for the first time. The 2021-22 academic year ended with 311, 910 students enrolled in private schools in Dubai.
Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director General of the KHDA, commented:
“More than 326,000 students are enrolled in Dubai’s private schools today, an increase of 4.5% since the end of last academic year. The continued growth of this sector is testament to the world-class teaching and learning taking place every day; to the UAE’s and Dubai’s ability to continue to attract families to live and work; to transparent regulations; and to our community’s commitment to high-quality education. We’re grateful to school leaders, teachers, parents and students for their continued support of education in Dubai.”
Dubai saw the opening of four new schools at the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year (down from 9 in 2021-2022): Durham School Dubai, Bloom World Academy, Citizens School and Dubai Schools Nad Al Sheba. Collectively, these schools reportedly provide 7,000 additional school places – in terms of capacity. Further school openings are planned for 2023-24 to meet the increasing demand, including the 4,200 capacity Arcadia Global School.
These figures have been released a month after the KHDA’s announcement that Dubai’s early childhood sector has hit a milestone of 20,000 children enrolled across 226 early childhood centres. As this is the first data release from the KHDA on Dubai’s early childhood centres, it is not possible to extrapolate a rate of increase from this, however this does suggest considerable stability in the sector post-pandemic.