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17 different curricula are offered in Dubai, with the UK syllabus being the top choice. File photo of students for illustrative purpose only. Image Credit: Gulf News archives

Dubai: The number of private schools in Dubai has increased to 216 in the 2022-23 academic year, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).

Dubai continues to offer a wide diversity of school syllabuses, with private schools offering 17 different curricula. Four new private schools opened in Dubai in the new academic year.

Top choice

UK curriculum schools remain the top choice for Dubai’s private school students, with 36 per cent of students opting for the curriculum. The Indian curriculum is the second most popular (26 per cent), followed by the American curriculum (15 per cent). The International Baccalaureate (seven per cent) and UK/IB hybrid curriculum (four per cent) round up the top five curriculum choices.

The American curriculum remains popular for Emirati students enrolled in private schools, with the majority (60 per cent) attending a US curriculum school, followed by 24 per cent enrolled in UK curriculum schools.

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Rising enrolment

The latest data follows KHDA’s recent announcement that revealed a student enrolment growth of 4.5 per cent from the end of the 2021-22 academic year in June, to the start of the current academic year in September. More than 326,000 students now attend Dubai’s private schools, representing a total of 187 nationalities.

Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Director-General, KHDA, said: “These student enrolment figures represent healthy, sustainable growth, and show the trust that parents have in the ability of Dubai private schools to give their children an education grounded in wellbeing that can meet the demands of the future.”

He added: “While the range of curricula offered in Dubai speaks to the diversity of our community; all schools are committed to a quality-driven, future-focused approach that will enable students to thrive. We’re grateful to school leaders, teachers, students and parents for their contribution to world-class education in Dubai.”

At a glance - private schools in Dubai

• 216 schools, 17 curricula

• Four new schools opened in 2022/23

• 326,001 students in Dubai private schools

• 32,327 Emirati students

• 4.5 per cent increase in student enrolment since June 2022

• 187 student nationalities