UAE: 28 public schools to be outsourced to private operators

'The aim is to pass on experiences and diversify options for parents,' Sheikh Mohammed says


Sahim Salim

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Published: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 5:32 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Mar 2023, 10:54 PM

About 28 public schools in the UAE will be outsourced to “experienced professionals” in the private sector for three years, the Vice-President has announced.

“The aim is to pass on experiences and diversify options for parents,” tweeted His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

This came after the UAE Cabinet approved the operational model of Al Ajyal Schools.

Announced last year, the model combines the UAE national curriculum with the American one. Arabic language, Islamic education, moral education and social studies are under the direct supervision of the Emirates Schools Establishment, while the American curriculum will be used for subjects such as mathematics, science and others.

It was also announced then that the government would support students enrolled in Ajyal Schools by bearing their fees and “all operating expenses”.

Ten schools had adopted the model last year. Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, took to Twitter to announce that eight new schools will implement the model in the next academic year, taking the total to 18. Ten new schools will be added in the academic year 2024-25.

It is operated by three private operators: Taaleem, Bloom, and Aldar Education, under the supervision of the Emirates Schools Establishment.

According to its website, Emirati students and the children of Emirati mothers can apply to the schools.

School calendar adopted

The UAE Cabinet also adopted the public and private school calendar for the coming three academic years (2023-24, 2024-25, 2025-26). As per the decision, schools must have a minimum of 182 school days.


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