A new report has shown that average school fees in Dubai can range from Dhs2,479 to Dhs120,145 depending on the age of students (that’s USD675 to USD32,711 per annum), and is not including additional fees for admission, transportation, school uniforms and books.
Just as a general (non-scientific) comparison, private senior school fees in the UK can range from Dhs45,000 to Dhs90,000 according to BestSchools.co.uk (but then there are far more English-language public school options in the UK considering it’s an English speaking country, just as there are far more Arabic-language public schools here).
Top 8 most Dubai expensive Private schools
*Note: these are all English-language speaking schools (and the prices are just estimates)
8. Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS), Arabian Ranches
Fees (per annum): Dhs89,274
7. GEMS Wellington International School, Al Sufouh
Fees (per annum): Dhs89,368
6. Regent International School, The Greens
(Regent said it no longer offers secondary education and only goes up to year 6 since last summer. The maximum fee is Dhs49,308)
Fees (per annum): Dhs92,482
5. Kings School, Al Barsha
Fees (per annum): Dhs94,400
4. Sunmarke School, Jumeirah Village Triangle
Sunmarke follows the National Curriculum of England offering the GCSE and the A Level programmes. From the third year of operation, we will offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Years 12 and 13.
Sunmarke is a premium educational institution in Dubai and is part of Fortes Education, a leading school provider established for more than two decades.
(Sunmarke School said it is offering a ‘founders discount’ in the first three years following its opening in September 2016. The maximum fee during this period is Dhs72,900)
Fees (per annum): Dhs95,000
3. Kent College Dubai, Nad Al Sheba
Kent College Dubai covers a 53,000 square-metre campus situated just off the Al Ain road, and next door to Meydan South. The EYFS, Junior and Senior schools are all on the same plot, and the buildings form an L-shape along two sides of the perimeter, leaving large areas for shaded play spaces, a swimming pool and extensive sports fields.
Fees (per annum): Dhs98,000
2. Repton School, Nad Al Sheba
Fees (per annum): Dhs100,759
(Note: The original study claims that the Year 13 fees for Repton are Dhs120,000, which we initially reported. Repton has since contacted us to say that the fees are in fact Dhs100,759.)
1. GEMS World Academy, Al Barsha
Fees (per annum): Dhs107,928